AUDITIONS & CASTING

 

IN THE HEIGHTS AUDITIONS

 

For printable audition form, click HERE. There will be plenty of copies at the auditions but you can get ahead by printing one now.

 

BY REQUEST AT THE AUDITION WORKSHOP, HERE ARE THE 3 SONG SELECTIONS WE PRACTICED. MORE WILL BE ADDED FOR CALLBACKS LATER

  1. BREATHE
  2. WHEN YOU’RE HOME
  3. IN THE HEIGHTS

Synopsis: IN THE HEIGHTS is the story of 3 days in the tightly-knit Latin community of Washington Heights, on the island of Manhattan. During the hottest part of summer, the Fourth of July weekend, we get to know the neighborhood and its people. Universal stories of love, hope, faith and remembering where you came from are woven into the story. Everyone is reaching for their “American Dream” and must sacrifice something to get it. From the Tony Award-winning writers and creators of the Broadway smash, “HAMILTON,” comes a beautiful, touching, vibrant and timely immigrant story that is very akin to a 21st century version of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

 

AUDITION INFO

AUDITIONS: (must attend both)

-Tues. December 11th – 3:30pm (Vocals/Singing. Bring a song of choice)

-Mon. December 17th – 3:30pm (Dancing)

Callbacks (at director’s request)

-Tues. December 18th – 3:30pm (released in phases)

 

WHAT TO BRING/PREPARE:

TUESDAY (Vocals)

-Prepare a song to sing (32 bars or less than 1 minute). Bringing a solo is highly preferred

  • Bring sheet music in correct key
  • Digital music OK but not preferred (iPhone, iPod, other device)

-Completed audition sheet with ALL conflicts you may have (sports, band, choir, academic, competitions, dance, etc…bring a detailed list of your life). A printable audition form is available above.

MONDAY (Dance)

-Be prepared to learn a dance combination. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes

 

CASTING INFORMATION:

-Cast list to be posted/emailed by Fri. December 21st.

Note: You can stop by Mr. D’Aquino’s room (the black box) to get your scripts once the cast list posts

-No rehearsals until Sat. January 12th (required parent meeting 10am. at least one parent and the cast member)

 

QUESTIONS:

General questions/audition conflicts: Stephen Reifenstein (Director) sreifenstein@nmusd.us

Vocal questions: Mr. Ledón (Vocal director) jledon@nmusd.us

 

REHEARSALS:

3-4 TIMES PER WEEK:

-MON., TUES., WEDS., THURS., 3:30-6:30pm or 4:30-7pm (only 2-3 days) AND

-SAT., 9am-4pm (only 3-4 hour sessions, 9-12pm, 10-1pm or 1-4pm)

-We will rehearse during President’s Recess, as needed (Feb. 18-23)

-We will rehearse during Spring Break, as needed (April 8-13)

-Cast members will only be called to rehearsals when required by the role

 

TECH WEEK & PERFORMANCES:

-You will be required to attend ALL tech week rehearsals and performances

-If you know of any conflicts, please let the director know on your audition form. He will attempt to work around conflicts, if known in advance.

-Tech week (2 weeks) will begin Sat. April 6th.

-Performances will be: April 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

 

DIRECTING STAFF:

Director – Stephen Reifenstein              sreifenstein@nmusd.us

Vocal director – Mr. Ledón                      jledon@nmusd.us

Choreographer – Kristina Reifenstein   mrsreify@gmail.com

Producer – Mr. D’Aquino                         jdaquino@nmusd.us

 

Character Breakdown

NOTE: Although the roles are written as Latino/Latina, we will be exploring a diverse cast of ALL ethnicities.

USNAVI DE LA VEGA (Male)

Youthful, awkward, sincere Dominican owner of a convenience store. Urban, articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the local salon beauty. Not a “cool stud.” Narrator. SINGS, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES

SONNY (Male)

Young, smart-alecky, wise and dry cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican, has big plans for himself and his neighborhood. Great comedy chops. SINGS UPPER RANGE, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES

NINA ROSARIO (Female)

Fresh, smart college student. Brave and strong Puerto Rican girl. Has to tell her parents that she quit school months ago. Emotional and conflicted, but still the “star” of the neighborhood. Demanding role, lots of singing. VERY STRONG SINGER, DANCER, STRONG ACTRESS

VANESSA (Female)

Sexy, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. Ethnic, but definitely American. STRONG BELT SINGER, STRONG DANCER

BENNY (Male)

Strong, smart, masculine worker at the Rosario Taxi dispatch. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the boss’s daughter, Nina. VERY STRONG SINGER, GOOD DANCER, STRONG ACTOR/RAPPER

ABUELA CLAUDIA (Female)

Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise character with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and story-teller. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS

KEVIN ROSARIO (Male)

Puerto Rican born father to Nina. Owns and runs a taxi dispatch with his wife, Camila. Traditional, hard-working Latin father, over-protective, loving, but also has a temper. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTOR

CAMILA ROSARIO (Female)

The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills and business, but usually holds her tongue in the presence of her husband. Dynamic Puerto Rican woman, with a powerful voice and presence that gets unleashed when she’s had “Enough”!!! STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS

DANIELA (Female)

Sassy Puerto Rican owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a tough exterior, but enjoys being the boss. Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx. Great comedy chops and timing. VERY STRONG SINGER, STRONG COMIC ACTRESS

CARLA (Female)

Bubbly, funny, side-kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salon trio. Good at playing “dizzy or bird-brained.” STRONG SINGER, GOOD AT COMEDY

GRAFFITI PETE (Male)

Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He doesn’t see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Need an excellent hip-hop or break dancer. VERY STRONG DANCER, RAPS WELL

PIRAGUA GUY (Male/Female)

The town-crier. Sells shaved ice from a cart, has a soaring tenor voice, reflects on how the people in the neighborhood keep scraping by. Charismatic and important role. SINGS VERY WELL, DANCES SOME

MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (Males/Females)

Interesting, diverse and well-rounded people of the community. All shapes and sizes. As important as any of the principals, these people have stories of their own. We would like to see more than just great singers and dancers. Bring your strength, your vulnerability, your history, your sass, your humor and your love and pride from your ancestors. Challenging part singing and modern dance moves. VERY STRONG SINGERS/READERS, HIP-HOP and LATIN MOVES/ACRO TRICKS