Auditions - Rent
Springboro Community Theatre is thrilled to announce auditions for our upcoming musical production, Rent. Auditions will be held at 7pm on Monday, 9 January and Tuesday, 10 January at the Springboro Performing Arts Center (115 Wright Station Way, Springboro, OH 45066). Performances will run 3-5 March and 10-12 March. Due to the adult themes and nature of the show, all auditioners should be 18+.
Auditions will comprise singing and dancing and may also include cold reading/sight reading from the script. Please prepare approximately 32 bars of a song (1-1:30 minutes) to share with us. An accompanist and a Bluetooth speaker will both be available. You may also bring a comfortable change of clothes and shoes for the dance call.
Callbacks will tentatively be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 11 January. You may be asked to review and prepare excerpts of songs from the show ahead of time.
Available roles include:
Mark Cohen - Tenor (C#3-G4)
Mark is an aspiring filmmaker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Mark is a little nerdy and quirky. He insists that he can survive the bleakness of his environment through his art. It soon becomes apparent, though, that he is more comfortable viewing the world through his lens than in actively engaging in it. Good movement skills are also required, as Mark dances the tango.
Roger Davis - Rock Tenor (B2-A4)
Roger is a once successful, now struggling musician who discovered he had HIV/AIDS in a note his girlfriend left him before she took her own life. His main goal in life is to write one great song before he dies, but he has not been able to play his guitar in a year, fearing that he has lost his creative energy. He falls in love with Mimi but is too afraid to commit to her, knowing that she also is infected with HIV/AIDS. The actor playing this role should have a bit of a rock edge vocally. Guitar skills are desired but not required.
Mimi Marquez - Alto (F#3-E5)
Mimi Marquez works in a strip club and struggles with her addiction to heroin, which has resulted in her contraction of HIV/AIDS. She is extremely sexy, optimistic, and likeable but with dark secrets. Though Mimi has "lived a lot of life,” she still sees the world through the eyes of a young woman. The actor playing Mimi must be able to convincingly portray the struggles of heroin addiction, sexual promiscuity, and HIV/AIDS, while maintaining the optimism of youth.
Benny Coffin III - Tenor (Eb3-F4)
Benny used to be Mark and Roger’s roommate, but he married Alison Grey, a rich family involved with real estate, and he is now their landlord. He had been letting Roger and Mark live in the apartment for free, but he is now forcing them to pay rent or be evicted. Roger and Mark consider him a yuppie sell-out. He also had an affair with Mimi before she started to date Roger.
Maureen Johnson - Soprano Belt (C4-F5)
Maureen is a bisexual performing artist and Mark's ex‐girlfriend. She left Mark to be with her new girlfriend, Joanne. She is sexy, flirtatious, sassy, and funny. She is bold and speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to take on the establishment and fight for what she believes in. The actor playing Maureen must be comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy.
Joanne Jefferson - Soprano Belt (Bb3-E5)
Joanne is a lesbian Ivy League educated lawyer and activist. She struggles to not be jealous of Maureen’s flirtatious nature with others. Though she was raised in an affluent, political family, she is committed to helping those less fortunate. The actress playing Joanne must be comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. Good movement skills are also required, since she dances the tango with Mark.
Tom Collins - Baritone/Tenor (F#2 – A4)
Tom Collins is a gay computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently expelled from MIT. He is brave enough to allow himself to fall in love with Angel, knowing that since both of them are infected with HIV/AIDS, their relationship will not have much of a future. Tom and Angel’s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. The actor playing this role must be comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy.
Angel Schunard - Tenor with Falsetto (C3-A4)
Angel is a young drag queen and street percussionist with HIV/AIDS. He meets and falls in love with Collins. People are naturally drawn to him, and his smile lights up the room. Tom and Angel’s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. The actor playing Angel needs to possess a high level of dancing ability. He must be able to comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy and a drag queen persona, including dancing in heels. Percussionist skills desired but not required.
Ensemble Roles - All vocal ranges sought
- Carolers: There are homeless street men and women who appear throughout the show sarcastically singing Christmas carols.
- Mrs. Cohen: Mark's stereotypical Jewish mother. Her voicemail messages are the basis for the songs Voicemail #1, Voicemail #3, and Voicemail #5.
- Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark after his footage of the riot makes primetime. Sings Voicemail #3 and Voicemail #4.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson, they leave her Voicemail #2. Mr. Jefferson is also one of the a cappella singers in Voicemail #5.
- Mrs. Davis: Roger's confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5
- Mrs. Marquez: Mimi's Spanish‐speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5,
- Mr. Grey: Benny's father-in‐law who wants to buy out the lot.
- The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.
- Life Support Group: Paul (The man in charge of the Life Support group), Gordon, Steve, Ali, Pam, Sue As notated in the script by Larson, the roles of all of the Life Support members are encouraged to take on the name that someone in the cast (or production) knows or has known to have succumbed to AIDS or other disease.
- Waiter: Waits on the cast and has solo lines in La Vie Boheme.
There are also several other non‐named roles such as the Preacher, Seasons of Love soloists, Cops, Bohemians, Vendors, Homeless People.