AUDITIONS - IN THE HEIGHTS
Currently Accepting Submissions Through Jan 28th
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents "In The Heights"!
Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights, we encounter the many colorful residents of Washington Heights - a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard-working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. Over the course of the show, we see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever. This revolutionary musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.
Online Submissions are open now through January 28, 2024. Invitation-only Callbacks are scheduled for February 15 (Ensemble) and February 17 (Named Roles).
If you cannot submit online or prefer to be seen in person, there is an open call at the theater in Simi Valley on Sunday, January 21 from 1pm-5pm. Bring a headshot, resume and come prepared with two 16-32 bar cuts of contemporary musical theater songs. An accompanist will be provided. If doing an Online Submission, you DO NOT need to attend the In-Person open call.
Rehearsals begin on/around February 26 (Sun.-Thurs. eve.; daytime on Sat.). Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal. Performances are scheduled to commence Saturday, April 6, 2024 and conclude Sunday, May 5, 2024. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Additional performances may be added depending on cast/venue availability and ticket sales. All rehearsals and performances will take place at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA.
Note: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center does not discriminate in casting or hiring. Qualified applicants are considered for all roles. SVCAC believes in upholding the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility. Performers of all ethnicities, nationalities, religions, gender expressions, sexual orientations, body types, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to submit! Age ranges listed are a guideline and may be adjusted to accommodate production needs.
All performers must be local to the Los Angeles area and must be vaccinated for COVID-19.
THIS IS A NON-EQUITY PRODUCTION. Stipends are available for all performers 18+ ranging from $300-$500 depending on role.
Fred Helsel, Executive Producer / Co-Director
Ariella Salinas Fiore, Co-Director
Augusto Guardado, Choreographer
Tori Cusack, Assistant Choreographer
Philip McBride, Associate Producer
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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AVAILABLE ROLES / ROLES OF INTEREST
ALL ROLES OPEN - Also Casting Understudies & Swings
In reference to the character descriptions that follow—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, gender-fluid, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. The best actor will be cast, provided they agree to play the character’s gender truthfully and with integrity in accordance with the authors’ intent.
We expect if you are submitting for a part with a specified ethnicity, that you identify as that identity, regardless of your race. We recognize that Latine/x/a/o people come in all colors.
In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles.
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.
We are actively committed to casting an inclusive show that reflects the community.
SVCAC is looking to cast understudies and/or swings for this production. Understudies/Swings cast from the ensemble could receive an additional nominal stipend.
USNAVI DE LA VEGA: Lead, 20-35, Latino (Tenor-Bari: A2-A4) energetic owner of De La Vega Bodega who dreams of making enough money to go back home to the Dominican Republic; he is the narrator of our story; blue-collar; must be an excellent actor and rapper.
NINA ROSARIO: Supporting, 18-30, Latina (Mezzo-Soprano with a strong belt/mix: F3-F5) first-generation Puerto Rican-American. Freshman at Stanford. Intelligent, hard-working, and driven. Trying to make her family proud while navigating adulthood.
KEVIN ROSARIO: Featured, 40-50, Latino (Bari-Tenor: A2-F4) hard-working and proud father of Nina - the owner of Rosario's car service; he's a traditionalist.
CAMILA ROSARIO: Featured, 40-50, Latina (Alto: G3-E5) hard-working, wise and proud mother of Nina - co-owner of Rosario's Car Service; fiery and opinionated.
BENNY: Supporting, 20-35, Not Latinx (Tenor; B2-A4) an employee of Rosario’s who is an aspiring business man trying to rise from his station in life; funny and full of personality; great singer with pop/hip-hop flare.
VANESSA: Supporting, 18-35, Latina (Mezzo-Soprano with a strong belt; F#3-F5) a shampoo girl at Daniela's Salon; beautiful, vivacious, driven, and intelligent with a strong sense of humor; she wants to get out of the barrio.
SONNY: Featured, 18-25, Latino (Tenor; D3-B4) Usnavi’s cousin; streetwise yet a goofball; charming and adorable; he feigns a persona of perceived cool masculinity; he is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up on the street; strong comedic timing; excellent rapper.
ABUELA CLAUDIA: Supporting, 50+, Latina (Alto; Eb3-E5) raised Usnavi though not his blood grandmother; loving matriarch for the entire community; deeply loving and unwaveringly optimistic with a surprising sense of humor; full of wisdom, life experience, memories, and years of hard work; excellent singer; should be able to speak Spanish convincingly.
DANIELA: Featured, 30-45, Latina (Alto belter; F4-E5) owner of Daniela's Salon; Brash, funny, and outspoken; meticulous about her physical appearance; the gossip queen of the neighborhood; Spanish speaker; excellent singer, good mover with strong comedic timing.
CARLA: Featured, 20-35, Latina (Alto belter; F3-E5) works at the salon; Daniela’s sidekick; sweet and likable; strong in her faith, she is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends thought she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety; strong comedic timing.
GRAFFITI PETE: Featured, 18-25, Any ethnicity streetwise, self-made artist; sidekick to Sonny; excellent hip-hop dancer with salsa.
PIRAGÜERO (PIRAGUA GUY): Supporting, 30-45, Latino (Bright, soaring Tenor; D3-A4) he diligently sells piraguas (flavored ice shavings) in the Heights to earn a living; he represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city; proficiency with Spanish.
ENSEMBLE: (10-12 Members), All Genders and Ethnicities, Latinx/o/a/e a plus. Ages 16+ 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.
Also casting Swings/Understudies to cover all roles for any COVID related or other unforeseen circumstances.