What: In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Where: The Henry Players Theatre @ The Hood Street Art Center
136 Hood Street, McDonough, GA 30253
Who: The Henry Players Community Theatre
Co- Direction by Audrey Starace & Adriana Beckner
Assistant Direction by Joaquin Santiago
Musical Direction by Nick Edelstein
Choreography by Tammie Roper
When: Monday, February 22 & Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 7:30-9:30
PERFORMANCES: April 29 – May 9, 2021, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals are Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from March 1-April 23, 2021 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. With Tech on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th. Dress Rehearsals April 26th-28th. Pick-up rehearsal on Wednesday May 5th. Potential additional Saturday rehearsals. You will be notified if there are changes/additions. We can work around a schedule that has conflicts, but you must be clear about those conflicts at the time of your audition.
WHAT TO BRING: 32 measures of a song showcasing your range and with the character in mind that you will be most interested in. Also be prepared to sing the song listed under the character auditioning for. Bring piano sheet music or a Bluetooth device. No a cappella please! There will also be a dance audition so dress appropriately.
Bring your calendar so you can submit any conflicts. Please be honest with your scheduled conflicts, failure to submit accurate conflicts can result in dismissal from casted roles.
Bring a mask and/or face shield. We will be taking temperatures at the door.
SYNOPSIS: Over the course of 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 hardworking 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 new 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 came.
IN THE HEIGHTS CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
USNAVI DE LA VEGA (Latino) Youthful, awkward, sincere Dominican owner of a convenience store. Urban, articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the local salon beauty. Not a “cool stud”. Narrator. – Must be able to sing, rap, dance. High Baritone/Tenor (to G4) – Familiarize yourself with Hundreds Of Stories.
SONNY (Latino) Young, smart‐alecky, wise and dry cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican has big plans for himself and his neighborhood. Must have good comedic timing, and be able to sing, rap, and dance. Tenor (to Bb4)- Familiarize yourself with 96,000.
NINA ROSARIO (Latina) Fresh, smart college student. Brave and strong Puerto Rican girl, but has to tell her parents that she quit school months ago. Emotional and conflicted, but still the “star” of the neighborhood. Demanding role, lots of singing. Must be able to sing and dance, Soprano High Belter (to F5) – Familiarize yourself with Respira (Breathe).
VANESSA (Latina) Sexy, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. Ethnic, but definitely American. Must be able to sing and dance – Mezzo Soprano High Belter (to E5). Familiarize yourself with It Won’t be Long Now.
BENNY (Black, White, Asian or any other non‐Latino) Strong, smart, masculine worker at the Rosario Taxi dispatch. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the “boss’ daughter”. Must be able to sing, dance, and rap. Tenor (to Ab4). Familiarize yourself with When You’re Home
ABUELA CLAUDIA (LATINA) Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise character with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and story‐teller. Must be able to sing. Alto Belter (F#3 to C5) – Familiarize yourself with Paciencia Y Fe
KEVIN ROSARIO (Latino) Puerto Rican born father to Nina. Owns and runs a taxi dispatch with his wife, Camila. Traditional, hard‐working Latin father, over‐protective, loving, but also has a temper. Must be able to sing. Dancing a plus. Baritone (to E) – Familiarize yourself with Inutil
CAMILA ROSARIO (Latina) The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills and business, but usually holds her tongue in the presence of her husband. Dynamic Puerto Rican woman, with a powerful voice and presence that gets unleashed when she’s had “ENOUGH”!!! Must be able to sing. Dancing a plus. Mezzo Soprano Belter (G3 to B4) – Familiarize yourself with Enough
DANIELA (Latina) Sassy Puerto Rican owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a tough exterior, but enjoys being “The Boss”. Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx. Must have good comedic timing and must be able to sing. Dancing a plus. Alto Belter (G3 to C5) – Familiar yourself with Carnaval del Barrio
CARLA (Latina) Bubbly, funny, side‐kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salon trio. Good at playing “dizzy or bird‐brained”. Must have good comedic timing and must b able to sing and dance. Soprano – Familiarize yourself with Carnaval del Barrio
GRAFFITI PETE (18‐30, Any ethnicity) Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He does not see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Must be able to dance (hip-hop or break dance a plus) and Rap. Familiarize yourself with Piragua
PIRAGUA GUY (30‐50, Latino) The town‐crier. Sells shaved ice from a cart, has a soaring tenor voice, reflects on how the people in the neighborhood “keep scraping by”. Charismatic and important role. SINGS VERY WELL, DANCES SOME, Tenor (Sustainable A4) Familiarize yourself with Piragua
MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (18‐70+, Latino, Latina, Black, Asian, White, all ethnicities) 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. Must be able to sing and dance. Familiarize yourself with In the Heights and/or Alabanza