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RENT - Downtown Cabaret Theatre Non Equity Auditions

Posted: June 16, 2022
Audition Location: Bridgeport, CT

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AUDITIONS

NON-UNION, COMMUNITY THEATRE

 

Executive Producer: Hugh Hallinan
Director: Andrea Pane
Choreographer: Carly Jurman

 

Audition Date(s): 07/12/2022-07/13/2022 Open Call/Sign-ups
Callback Date(s): 07/13/2022

 

Rehearsal Date(s): 08/14/2022
Opening Date(s): 09/16/2022
Closing Date(s): 10/16/2022

 

 

***Community Theatre Production. All roles are UNPAID***

 

PREPARE:

(2) 16-bar song selections, preferably from the show or that best features your range

 

AUDITION SIGN UP:

Sign up for audition slot Tuesday July 12 OR Wednesday July 13

 

CALLBACKS:

Callbacks will be held Wednesday July 13 from 7:00 – 10:00

 

LOCATION:

All Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

263 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport, CT 06604

For questions, email phill@mycabaret.org

 

***Local performers only. DCT does not provide housing or travel***

 

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is committed to a strong anti-racist philosophy and building a culture of equity and inclusion. We are passionate about theatre and building a team that reflects the diversity of our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender-identity, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, ability, age, or national origin.

 

STORYLINE

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La BohèmeRent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

 

ROLES:

MARK COHEN - Early to late twenties. Vocal Range: Tenor (C#3-G4)

Mark is an aspiring filmmaker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Mark never leaves home without a camera. He is Roger's best friend and caregiver, and he was once Maureen’s boyfriend (who left him for Joanne). Mark is a little nerdy and quirky. He insists that he can survive the bleakness of his environment through his art. It soon becomes apparent, though, that he is more comfortable viewing the world through his lens than in actively engaging in it. He feels guilty that unlike his friends, he does not have HIV/AIDS. The actor playing this role must be a strong singer and actor. He dances the Tango with Joanne, so good movement skills are also required.

 

ROGER DAVIS - Mid twenties to early thirties. Vocal Range: Rock Tenor (B2-A4)
Roger is a once successful, now struggling musician who discovered he had HIV/AIDS in a note his girlfriend left him before she took her own life. His main goal in life is to write one great song before he dies, but he has not been able to play his guitar in a year, fearing that he has lost his creative energy. He falls in love with Mimi but is too afraid to commit to her, knowing that she also is infected with HIV/AIDS. He is also the roommate and best friend of Mark. He is often depressed and sullen, but he can be expressive and passionate at times. The actor playing this role must be a good actor and an excellent singer with a rock edge. Guitar skills are desired, but are not required.

 

MIMI MARQUEZ - Late teens to early twenties. Vocal Range: Alto (F#3-E5)
Mimi Marquez works in a strip club and struggles with her addiction to heroin, which has resulted in her contraction of HIV/AIDS. She falls in love with Roger, who is unable to commit to a relationship with her. She is also Benny's ex?girlfriend. She is extremely sexy, optimistic, and likeable but with dark secrets. Though Mimi has” lived a lot of life,” she still sees the world through the eyes of a young woman. She intends to make the most of every day, as she earnestly expresses in the song “No Day but Today.” The actress playing this role must be a strong singer, dancer, and exceptional actress. She must be able to convincingly portray the struggles of heroin addiction, sexual promiscuity, and HIV/AIDS, while still maintaining the optimism of youth.

 

BENNY COFFIN III - Twenties to thirties. Vocal Range: Tenor (Eb3-F4)
Benny used to be Mark and Roger’s roommate, but he married Alison Grey, a rich family involved with real estate, and he is now their landlord. He had been letting Roger and Mark live in the apartment for free, but he is now forcing them to pay rent or be evicted. Roger and Mark consider him a yuppie sell-out. He also had an affair with Mimi before she started to date Roger. While in the beginning he is caught up in the lifestyle of wealth and affluence, he ultimately realizes his friends are more important than what money can buy. The actor playing this role must be a good singer and actor.

 

MAUREEN JOHNSON - Twenties to thirties. Vocal Range: Soprano Belt (C4-F5)
Maureen is a bisexual performing artist and Mark's ex?girlfriend. She left Mark to be with her new girlfriend, Joanne. She is sexy, flirtatious, sassy, and funny. She is bold and speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to take on the establishment and fight for what she believes in. The actress playing this role must be an excellent singer and actress. She must be comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy.

 

JOANNE JEFFERSON - Twenties to early thirties. Vocal Range: Soprano Belt (Bb3-E5)
Maureen is a lesbian Ivy League educated lawyer and activist. She struggles to not be jealous of Maureen’s flirtatious nature with others. Though she was raised in an affluent, political family, she is committed to helping those less fortunate. The actress playing this role must be an excellent singer and a good actress. She must be comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. Since she dances the tango with Mark, good movement skills are also required.

 

TOM COLLINS - Late twenties to late thirties. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor (F#2 – A4)

Tom Collins is a gay computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently expelled from MIT. In the opening scene he is mugged, reflecting the harsh reality of the world in which the characters live. He is brave enough to allow himself to fall in love with Angel, knowing that since both of them are infected with HIV/AIDS, their relationship will not have much of a future. Tom and Angel’s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer and actor who is comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. He must be able to portray great love and affection for Angel. He must especially be able to convey that love when Angel dies in his arms, and during his reprise of “I Will Cover You.”

 

ANGEL SCHUNARD - early to late twenties. Vocal Range: Tenor with Falsetto (C3-A4)
Angel is a young drag queen and street percussionist. He meets and falls in love with Collins. He has HIV/ AIDS and dies of the disease in Act II. As a person, Angel is the most generous and selfless character in the show. Angel hands out money to the neighborhood while dressed in Santa drag. Though he has HIV/AIDS, he embraces life and lives it to its fullest. People are naturally drawn to him, and his smile lights up the room. His death is mourned by all of the characters and eventually inspires them to live each day to the fullest. As mentioned in Tom’s character description, Tom and Angel’s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent actor, singer, and mover. He must be able to comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy and a drag queen persona, including dancing in heels. Percussionist skills desired but not required.

 

ENSEMBLE - Early twenties to sixties. Vocal Ranges: all vocal ranges sought

Carolers: There are homeless street men and women who appear throughout the show

Mrs. Cohen: Mark's stereotypical Jewish mother.

Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson

Mrs. Davis: Roger's confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5

Mrs. Marquez: Mimi's Spanish?speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5

Mr. Grey: Benny's father-in?law who wants to buy out the lot.

The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.

Life Support Group: Paul, Gordon, Steve, Ali, Pam, Sue

Squeegee Man: A homeless person who chants "Honest living!" over and over.

Homeless Woman: She gets harassed by police and Mark films it.

Waiter: Waits on the cast and has solo lines in La Vie Boehme.

 

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