Rent

Auditions - April 1-3, 2024

Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson


Presented through special arrangement with: Music Theatre International (MTI)
Directed by: Shawn Adams-Lanz
Produced by: Courtney Potter

Music Directors: Kyle DeTarnowsky and Erin Fagundes

Choreographer: Dani Orjala

Producer / Assistant Director: Courtney Potter

Assistant Producer: Katie Gordon


Audition Dates & Times:

Auditions will be held at the Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday April 1 through 3, 2024 at 7:00pm

If needed, callbacks may be held in the morning/afternoon on Saturday, April 6. Callbacks are by invitation only, and not all roles will be called back.


Performances:

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m.

Saturday June 29 at 2 p.m.


Audition Requirements:

Please prepare one (1) minute of a modern musical theatre or theatrical rock song and bring an alternate selection as a backup (in some cases, the casting team may wish to hear more). Do not sing a song from the show. Do not sing a cappella. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A music device with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly and saved locally (please no YouTube recordings or anything that relies on a wireless signal). There will be a short combination to assess movement ability; please wear or bring comfortable dance attire and dance shoes if you have them. This is an “open call” audition. Non-Equity, NO PAY.

 

When auditioning, please list any and all commitments during the rehearsal period – even on days not currently listed as rehearsal days. To the greatest extent possible, the schedule will be built around the cast’s availability. No additional conflicts will be accepted after casting, and no conflicts will be accepted for performance dates or the week before opening. The only way we would consider performance conflicts would be if we were to double-cast a role; this is not currently the intent, but it is not impossible. Please just be upfront with us, and we will afford you the same courtesy.

 

Post-audition feedback will not be given.

 

Rehearsal Schedule:

April 8 through June 13, 2023

7:30 – 10:00pm, Monday through Thursday (time may be slightly adjusted)

+ Morning/early afternoon on some Saturdays; we will end no later than 5:00pm on those days

+ Occasional Friday evenings as needed, based on availability

+ Conflicts must be listed for ALL DAYS, though – the above schedule may be changed based on cast availability

 

PLEASE NOTE:

·        The end time is highly approximate; generally, it may be earlier in the beginning and last longer as we get closer to opening. We are very respectful of everyone’s time.

·        There will be no specified end time during tech week – it will depend on the running time of the show.


For more information:

Contact Courtney Potter at divaliving@gmail.com

Show Synopsis

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. Rent is not recommended for children. 

Character Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted below, all roles are open to all actors without regard to race or ethnicity. Ages listed are approximate and apply to the character and not the actor.

Roger Davis

A musician / singer-songwriter who is a recovering drug addict living with HIV, Roger has mourned members of his community and is grieving the loss of his deceased former girlfriend. He longs for connection and meaning through his music. He is best friends and roommates with Mark in an abandoned loft space. His musical styling is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain and/or Lenny Kravitz.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a man.

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: F2

 

Mark Cohen

A filmmaker and video artist who constantly seeks validation, Mark connects deeply with his roommate / best friend Roger and longs for the days when his group of friends were closer. In his struggles to find his place in the world, he often finds himself on the outside looking in. Mark comes from privilege but desires to understand his responsibility to himself and his community. Musically, he is similar to that of Anthony Kiedis, Sting, and/or Bono.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a man.

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2

 

Tom Collins

A professor of technology at NYU that is grounded in anarchy and liberation, Tom Collins is a proud man who is smart, caring, and the backbone of his friend group. His chosen family is lifted by his positive and nurturing spirit and his warmth – and empathic presence allows him to invite his friends to examine personal accountability. A former roommate in Mark and Roger’s loft, Tom is also living with HIV. Musically speaking, Tom’s voice is rooted in gospel and soul, vocally similar to Sam Cooke, Barry White, and/or Issac Hayes.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a man.

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: F#2

 

Benjamin Coffin III

Mark and Roger’s landlord and another former roommate, Benny struggles to find connection with his former chosen family. He is constantly battling being a friend while pleasing his new in-laws. In spite of being seen as a sellout, Benny longs to know who he is and where he fits in his community. Musically, Benny has a freedom to his voice similar to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and/or Lionel Richie.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a man.

Age: 25 to 30

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

Joanne Jefferson

A public interest lawyer who always fights for the underdog, Joanne comes from a conservative upper-class Black family. As an out and proud lesbian, she demands her own liberation. She is smart, purposeful, and grounded. She is dating Maureen Johnson. Joanne’s connection to Maureen brings her into an established chosen family where she discovers the power of being celebrated in your own community. Joanne has a grounded and soulful voice filled with experience and action, a la Tracy Chapman or Anita Baker.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a woman.

Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Angel Dumott Schunard

A vibrant street musician who radiates light, Angel moves through the world as a gender-nonconforming human who is also living with HIV. They have an incredible spirit with a gift for inspiring human connection – all while being a street fashion icon! Angel is magnetic and rooted in living for the moment. Angel meets and swiftly becomes Tom Collins’ partner, a connection that brings them into the chosen family group and establishes them as the heart of the piece. Angel’s musicality is rooted in their connection and love for rhythm, movement, and storytelling. Their artistry is akin to the artistic qualities of Prince, a young RuPaul, and/or Grace Jones.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are strongly encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies/moves within multiple gender representations.

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

Mimi Marquez

A stripper by night, Mimi is a proud Latina woman determined to live in the moment, but she is also a drug addict who is living with HIV. Mimi is a young woman on a journey to find who she is and what she is fighting for. While her addiction and intentions are often at odds, she desperately tries to make the best of life in whatever way she can. She lives in the same building as Roger and Mark and meets the friend group through her unexpected romantic connection to Roger… and is forever changed by this chosen family. Her artistry is connected to her body and movement. Her voice is rooted firmly in expression of spirit similar to that of Selena and/or a young Paula Abdul.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a woman.

Age: 18 to 21

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: Eb3

 

Maureen Johnson

A performance artist who is constantly raging and ready to fight, Maureen is full of well-intended passion and anarchist energies which she pours into her art. She is a former roommate of Roger, Mark, Collins, and Benny. She completes the chosen family rounding out the space with intoxicating energy dripping with sexualized vigor. Maureen is queer and openly dating Joanne after recently breaking up with Mark. Bursting with confidence and a vivacious spirit, Maureen is learning how to be less self-centered and become accountable for her actions. She has a soul grit to her voice which is also balanced with an iconic lesbian artistic flair, think a mixture of Janis Joplin, Ani Difranco, and Sinead O’Connor.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for this role with the understanding that the character identifies as a woman.

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: C4

 

Featured Roles & Ensemble

The Ensemble of this world is incredibly valuable and provides the foundation and full structure that holds and supports the stories RENT has to share. They will play homeless people, junkies, parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson, etc), and members of the support group (Steve, Gordon, etc). Soul, Rock, and R&B vocal stylings of the late ’80s/early ’90s are encouraged.

*Gender-Nonconforming/Non-Binary actors are welcomed and encouraged to audition for any and all of the ensemble and featured roles with the understanding that there are individual characters that may identify as a woman or man.