Character Breakdowns

Further information on available roles is below.

Please consult our audition page for further questions.

IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS ( August 8-12 at Lyric Theatre) – Rehearsals begin August 1st
(Rehearsals begin May 2nd , performs June 8-July 2 at ZACH Theatre)
Dir./Chor. Michael Balderrama (resident choreographer for HAMILTON Chicago)

This Show is in conjunction with the ZACH Theatre in Austin. Once it performs there, it will come to Lyric Theatre and run from August 8th – 12th. Do not audition unless you are available for both productions.

Usnavi De La Vega – Early to mid 20s; Baritone with very strong, clear rap narrative skills. Charismatic leading man with tremendous heart. Owner of De La Vega’s Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have since passed away. Usnavi is the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood.

Nina Rosario – Late teens to early 20s; Strong mezzo belt. Nina has just finished her freshman year at Stanford University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario. Nina is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She is best friends with Vanessa and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of “the Heights.”

Kevin Rosario – Early to mid 40s; Baritone. Owner of Rosario Car and Limousine, Kevin is the husband to Camila and father to Nina. While Kevin was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he immigrated to New York City with Camila. Kevin immediately started working to provide a better life for his newly-arrived family. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions.

Camilla Rosario – Early to mid 40s; Mezzo/Soprano range. She is the co-owner of Rosario Car and Limousine with her husband Kevin. Also from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, no-nonsense; strong-willed. She is cool-headed, yet keeps a subtle but strong leash on Kevin.

Benny – Early to late 20s; Bari-tenor, moves well. Hardworking, good guy. Cab driver for Rosario Car and Limousine, he once was a street punk and hoodlum, often finding himself in trouble. He and Usnavi are best friends. Nina’s unexpected love interest.

Vanessa – Early to mid 20s; Strong high belt; great dancer. Nina’s best friend. Shampoo girl at Daniela’s Salon, Vanessa is strong, intelligent, and grew up with Benny and Usnavi. Vanessa dreams of leaving to create her own life away from the difficulties of life in the Heights.

Sonny – Late Teens, or can play late teens; Tenor with strong rap skills. Strong mover. Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny is spends the summers working for Usnavi at the bodega. He usually hangs out on the street with his friend Graffiti Pete, but avoids trouble. He is an extremely intelligent young man who has a passionate desire to solve the social and economic problems of the neighborhood. A somewhat misunderstood modern philosopher.

Abuela Claudia – Late 60s or older, or able to play late 60s; Alto belt. She raised Usnavi after his parents passed away and continues to live with him. She emigrated from Cuba when she was very young. She is clearly the matriarch of the neighborhood.

Daniela – Mid 30s; Strong belt. Tough on the surface, compassionate underneath. She is the owner of Daniela’s Salon. Savvy to say the least, she is quick witted, brassy and outspoken. While she retains a motherly relationship with Vanessa, she remains the gossip queen of the neighborhood. No-nonsense, she has built a successful business but is being forced out the neighborhood because of the rent hikes.

Carla – Early to mid 20s; Mezzo. Good comedienne; strong dancer. She is a hairdresser at Daniela’s salon. Born and raised in Queens, she is a sweet and kind young woman who is easily taken advantage of because of her naiveté. She and Daniela are a dynamic duo.

Graffiti Pete – Early to mid 20s; Bari-tenor. VERY strong dancer and partner. Graffiti artist and the nemesis of Usnavi, he is always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spray painting any surface he can.

Piragua Guy – Mid to late 30s; Tenor, strong singer. Good hearted, he walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. He represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city.

ENSEMBLE

Residents of Washington Heights – Looking for ethnically diverse men and women of all ages. (Auditions and casting are open to actors from ALL ethnic groups-Latino(a) performers are particularly encouraged to attend) A passionate, proud, and diverse neighborhood where hard work is necessary to survive, but faith, community, music, food, culture and support of each other is what keeps them going day in and day out.

Ensemble Dancers: Women bring sneakers and heels. Men sneakers and dance/character shoes. Hip hop and salsa movement. Must be able to partner well.

Ensemble Singer/Movers: Women bring sneakers and heels. Men sneakers and dance/character shoes. Must sing very well. Must be good with rhythms.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, WHEN YOU WISH, WEST SIDE STORY, ROCK OF AGES

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (June 27- July 1 at Lyric Theatre)– Rehearsals begin June 12th (July 26–September 3 at ZACH Theatre)
Dir. Dave Steakley – Producing Artistic Director at the ZACH Theatre in Austin

This Show is in conjunction with the ZACH Theatre in Austin. Once it performs here it will go to Austin and run from July 26th –Sept. 3rd. Possible rehearsal prior to July 26th TBA. Do not audition unless you are available for both productions.

Available roles:

Sides for Callbacks:
Dyanne Side

Carl Perkins (singer/musician)
Johnny Cash (singer/musician)
Jerry Lee Lewis (singer/musician)
Elvis Presley (singer/musician)
Sam Phillips (record producer)
Dyanne (Elvis’s girlfriend/singer)

WHEN YOU WISH

WHEN YOU WISH (July 11-15) — Rehearsals begin June 19th.
Dir. Michael Baron

Choreographer Ashley Wells

Available roles:

Sides for Callbacks:
ALADDIN-JASMINE side
      ARIEL side                BALOO side                BEAST side                BELLE side
BERT side                             HERCULES side        KALA #1 side              KALA #2 side             KING LOUIE side
LITTLE GIRL #1 side            LITTLE GIRL #2- WOODY #2 side                LUMIERE side            MARY POPPINS side
MOTHER side                        MRS. POTTS side     MULAN side               MUSE side                  POCAHONTAS #1 side POCAHONTAS #2 side         PRINCE FLORIAN side                                  RAPUNZEL side         SEBASTIAN side
SHANG side                          SNOW WHITE side    TARZAN side              TERK side                   TIANA side
URSULA side                        WOODY #1 side

23 Diverse singers who dance well and dancers who sing well

Mother

Daughter – 8-11yrs old

Characters from SNOW WHITE, THE JUNGLE BOOK, TARZAN, TOY STORY, POCAHONTAS, THE PRINCES AND THE FROG, THE LITTLE MERMAID, TANGLED, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MULAN, ALLADIN, HERCULES and MARY POPPINS

If you see yourself playing any of the roles in these movies, please audition.

WEST SIDE STORY

WEST SIDE STORY (July 25-29) — Rehearsals begin July 10th.
Dir. Matt Gardiner

Choreographer Amy Reynolds Reed

Available roles:

Sides for Callbacks:
CHINO-MARIA Side                JETS-KRUPKE Side              RIFF Side                            TONY Side   
JETS Vocal Side                     SHARK MEN Side                 SHARK WOMEN Side          DOC Side     
ANITA Side                             

Riff – A spritely, quick-tempered leader. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang’s dominance. Tony’s best friend, he is eventually murdered by Bernardo.

Tony – A romantic young man and former leader of the Jets, he has found a new lifestyle now. Tony finds himself violently torn between his friendships and love. Falls in love to Maria and meets an untimely death. Genuinely sweet and sincere.

Bernardo – A proud, strong, handsome Puerto Rican man. Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for he and his friends. Maria’s brother and Anita’s boyfriend. Leader of the Sharks.

Anita – Feisty and assertive. She dispenses “older sister” advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s friend. Puerto Rican.

Chino – An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s.

Anybodys – A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets. The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart.

Doc – The owner of the candy store where the Jets hang out. He tries to guide the Jets youthful angst and provides a safe haven for Tony. Old fashioned and wise in his ways.

Schrank – A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.

Krupke – The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.

Ensemble – Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls

 

ROCK OF AGES

ROCK OF AGES (October 11-29) — Rehearsals begin September 25th.

Sides for Callbacks:
CONSTANCE sides
           DENNIS sides           DREW Sides           FRANZ sides           HERTZ
JA’KEITH-MAYOR sides   JUSTICE sides          LONNY sides         REGINA sides         SHERRIE Sides
STACEE JAXX sides         WAITRESS side

DREW – An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams.

SHERRIE – Caucasian female, an in-shape, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.

LONNY – The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.

DENNIS DUPREE – Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.

STACEE JAXX/FATHER – A sexy  rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice.

JUSTICE/MOTHER – African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her,  once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.

HERTZ KLINEMANN – An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals.

FRANZ KLINEMANN – Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing.

REGINA – A fun, hippie type, in shape, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of  The Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocals and comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.

MAYOR/JA’KEITH/ENSEMBLE – A strong character actor with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, strong rock tenor and strong dance/movement ability.

JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE – A young male with the rocker sensibility, strong rock tenor and strong/dance/movement ability, possible understudy for Drew/Stacee.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE – Three of the sexiest female singer/dancers around. Sassy, in shape, beautiful. Must be comfortable in very skimpy/sexy clothing. Strong dancers proficient in  jazz and modern, comedic ability and strong rock vocals. Will understudy principal roles.

LYRIC'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (November 29-December 24) – Rehearsals begin November 13th
Dir. Michael Baron
Choreographer Ashley Wells

Available adult roles announced at a later date

*All children ages 8-17
There are 2 casts of Children for the roles of:
Tiny Tim
Peter Cratchit/Boy Scrooge
Martha Cratchit/School girl
Belinda Cratchit/School Girl
Fan/ School Girl
Turkey Boy/School Boy
School Girl

Lyric at the Plaza

I Am My Own Wife

March 29 – April 9

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