Omaha Community Playhouse
Omaha Community Playhouse, the largest community-based theatre in the country is casting non-union performers for its upcoming production of IN THE HEIGHTS
Salary: 400.00 a week
In Person Guest Artist Rehearsal Start Date: April 23rd.
Shared Housing Provided
Performance Dates: June 2-25, Wednesday-Sunday
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IN THE HEIGHTS
Director/Choreographer: Rebecca Kritzer
Director’s casting intention:
The character breakdowns provided, especially in terms of how they present, are a framework for the telling of this specific story about a community in Washington Heights; they are not meant as a limitation. I am committed to diversity, inclusion, and representation, and focused on bringing this show to life in an authentic way. I am most interested in actors who can embody the essence, spirit, and energy of these characters. If you identify with/as any part of these characters, I strongly encourage you to audition.
Usnavi de la Vega —Male, Latino, 20’s. The protagonist, he owns the corner bodega left to him by his deceased parents, and longs to visit his beloved birthplace, the Dominican Republic. His parents immigrated to New York when he was a child, and he has not returned to DR since then. He has a special relationship with Abuela Claudia, who is not actually his grandmother, but is as close as family to him. He is in love with Vanessa but struggles to share his feelings. Usnavi serves as an unofficial ambassador for his community. He is hard-working and awkwardly-endearing; on his own journey to grapple with where he comes from, where he is, and where he is going. Excellent rap skills are a must. Good mover and singer.
Camila Rosario — Female, Latina, middle-aged. Camila is the co-owner of Rosario's Car Service with her husband Kevin. They emigrated to New York from Puerto Rico at a young age, striving to create a better life for themselves and their daughter, Nina. They face the struggles of business-owners in an expensive city. Loving but firm. Great singer.
Kevin Rosario — Male, Latino, middle-aged. The owner of Rosario's Car Service, Camila's husband, and father to Nina. After emigrating from Puerto Rico, he has worked hard his entire life to build his business and provide for his family. He can be stubborn and proud. He is Nina’s fiercest champion, and though his intentions are in the right place, this creates pressure on what she expects of herself. Represents the complexities of the immigrant’s “American Dream.” Great singer.
Abuela Claudia — Female, Latina, mid-60’s +. The warm matriarch of the neighborhood, she emigrated to New York from Cuba when she was very young, before the Revolution. She has raised Usnavi since his parents died. She serves as the guiding light and sage for many in the community: everyone’s Abuela. Also represents the complexities of the immigrant’s “American Dream,” of her generation. Her title song “Paciencia y Fe” embodies her ethos of patience and faith. Strong belt to a C. Spanish-speaking a plus.
Apr 23, 2023 - Jun 25, 2023
$400.00 – $400.00 per week
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