RENT NATIONAL TOUR- Open Call for Singers

*NEW ROLE ADDED.  NOW SEEKING BENNY IN ADDITION TO PREVIOUSLY RELEASED ROLES*

RENT
Theatre
Non-Equity National Tour

Producer: Work Light Productions LLC
Composer/Lyricist: Jonathan Larson
Book: Jonathan Larson
Director: Evan Ensign
Based on Original Direction by Michael Greif
Choreographer: Marlies Yearby
Music Supervisor: Tim Weil
Associate Choreographer: MiRi Park
Casting: Joy Dewing Casting

First Rehearsal o/a August 14th, 2017
Opening o/a September 19th, 2017
Contracted through June 2018

Salary: Minimum $550/ensemble and $650/principals + per diem, housing and travel for all.

RENT is a rock opera set in New York’s Lower East Side “amid poverty, homelessness, spunky gay life, drag queens and punk” in the shadow of AIDS in the late 80s/early 90s. Seeking raw, quirky, interesting rock singers who can channel both punk rock rage and open-hearted Bohemian love.

OPEN CALL FOR SINGERS
Monday, June 5, 2017
10:00am

Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue
16th Floor
New York, NY 10018

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT HERE. Sign-ups will open on Wednesday, May 17th at 12:00pm.  NO UNOFFICIAL LISTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your time slot to check in.  If all slots are filled, please arrive by 9AM on the day of the audition and sign up on the official alternate list.

PREPARATION: Please prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock, soul, or R&B/gospel song that reflects the style of the show and the style in which that character sings. (Example: Roger—90s grunge rock;  Mark – 90s alt-pop; Mimi – Rock or R&B; Collins—gospel ballad; Maureen—Blue-eyed Soul). Absolutely NO MUSICAL THEATRE (i.e., songs written for a musical). Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key—an accompanist will be provided.  Bring a headshot and resume stapled together.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, READ OUR TIPS ON HOW TO CRAFT A SUCCESSFUL RENT AUDITION HERE: http://joydewingcasting.com/blog.php

CASTING DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: We are seeking all ethnicities, types, and genders for all roles. Where gender-specific pronouns are used, they are used to describe the gender identity/presentation of the characters and not the gender of the actors playing those characters. We welcome and encourage actors to audition and/or submit without regard to ethnicity, type, ability, or gender.

SEEKING SINGERS/ACTORS TO PLAY THE FOLLOWING ROLES ONLY AND ENSEMBLE MEMBERS TO COVER THE FOLLOWING ROLES ONLY:

[ANGEL] Any ethnicity, non-Caucasian, non-binary, late teens to early 30s. High tenor with falsetto. A fun-loving drag queen with lots of style. Extremely warm, loveable and nurturing. Playing drums a plus. Interested in seeing trans* actors.

[BENNY] Any ethnicity, male, 20s to early 30s. Baritone/second tenor, can handle pop ballads. A striver, up from the projects to the Ivy League, wants to be the next Quincy Jones. Slick and cocky, a smooth operator.

[MAUREEN] Caucasian, female, 20s to early 30s. Huge, versatile rock & roll sound. Sexy, funny, attractive and wild; a tacky Jersey girl turned East Village performance artist.

[SWINGS] All ethnicities, all genders, 20s to 30s. Must be great pop/rock singers and actors to play various characters throughout the show, including homeless people on the Lower East Side and parents of Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, etc. Must move well. Seeking quirky, offbeat, interesting people of all types to cover the following principal roles:

COLLINS: African-American, male, mid 20s to mid 30s. Low baritone, bluesy, gravelly voice. Philosopher, teacher, anarchist, AIDS activist. Sing a HUGE emotional gospel style ballad.

BENNY: Any ethnicity, male, 20s to early 30s. Baritone/second tenor, can handle pop ballads. A striver, up from the projects to the Ivy League, wants to be the next Quincy Jones. Slick and cocky, a smooth operator.

ANGEL: Any ethnicity, non-Caucasian, non-binary, late teens to early 30s. High tenor with falsetto. A fun-loving drag queen with lots of style. Extremely warm, loveable and nurturing. Playing drums a plus. Interested in seeing trans* actors.

Please note: If you have a disability and would like to request reasonable accommodations, please let us know prior to the auditions.

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