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ST. PETERSBURG, FL: American Stage Theatre Company, Tampa Bay's oldest and most award-winning professional theatre, is announcing Equity Principal Auditions for 2015 park production of IN THE HEIGHTS directed by Karla Hartley.

Rehearsals will begin about April 2 (2015), with previews April 22 and 24, and the gala opening Friday, April 24. The show runs for 4 weeks, and closes Sunday, May 17.

6 Male Leads, 6 Female Leads, plus numerous supporting roles. A dance and vocal chorus will also be cast. All roles are open. Some actors will play more than one character.

Nina: (to play 18-25) Latina, Intelligent, book-smart. Starry-eyed, naïve; ready to conquer the world, but still trying to find her way. Great high belt voice with strong mix.

Vanessa: (to play 18-25) Latina, Great sense of humor, lively, vivacious personality, bright. Can be moody, easily frustrated; buries a lot of stress. Great high belt voice.

Benny: (to play early-mid 20s) African American, Taxi stand employee/aspiring businessman. Looking to rise from his station in life. He is at home on any street in NY. Funny and full of personality. Great singer with a feel for pop/hip-hop style.

Sonny: (to play mid – late teens) Latino, Completely streetwise. Part political genius, part goofball. Wants to play video games. Makes everyone laugh; you just want to pinch his cheek. Good singer, tenor.

Kevin: (to play 38 - late 50s) Latino, Upstanding businessman; total wheeler-dealer in the most personable kind of way. A lion slowed down by time and injury and over-working. Traditional in his beliefs. Very hardworking and proud; wants desperately to remain the leader of his family. Must sing well.

Camilla: (to play 40s) Latina, Strong, beautiful, wise. Helps everyone, asks for nothing and loves being active in the community. Traditionalist. Good singer.

Abuela Claudia: (to play 60s-70s) Latina, Ancient, beautiful, proud, tired. From another era, emigrated with her parents. Working-class; scrubbed floors all her life. In the twilight of her life. Must have a great belt voice.

Carla: (to play 20s) Latina, Loves to dance and get her hair done. Sweet and likable. Good sense of comedy. Good singer; must be comfortable with some dance.

Graffiti Pete: (to play late teens-early 20s) Man, any ethnicity, Streetwise. Excellent hip-hop dancer; break-dancing skills preferred.

Piragua Guy: (to play 30s) Latino, Sells shaved ice in the neighborhood. Good sense of humor. Great sense of pride. Tenor.

ENSEMBLE: Ensemble Singers/dancers: Multi-Ethnic 

LOA scales is approximately $486/wk.

How to Audition:

For this call actors should prepare two brief song selections not to exceed 3 minutes total. Non-Equity actors will be put on a waiting list and will be seen whenever there is no Equity Member auditioning or waiting. Audition slots will last five minutes. There may be callbacks at a later date.

Please note, auditions will be Monday, October 20 from 10-5. Auditions will take place at American Stage’s Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North, downtown St. Petersburg across from Williams Park.

Auditions are by appointment and can be made by calling Veronica Matthews at or by calling 823-1600 ext. 204. If no answer or are emailing, leave your name and phone number and options as to two appointment times that will work for you. You will receive a return confirmation. Equity members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits.

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American Stage Theatre Company is seeking male and female Acting Interns for the Spring season!

The Acting Intern will understudy select roles and serve as crew for all performances. They will also be given master classes during every production, and will observe, collaborate alongside, and make connections with working professionals from around the country. Length of internship: Must be available days from 10-6 for rehearsals, then evenings during technical rehearsals and performances. Shows typically perform 6 times a week, including 2 weekend matinees.

Stipend is $100/wk. Interns must be available for all rehearsals. Interested actors should contact Meg Heimstead immediately at

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