American Stage in the Park to Hold Auditions for RENT

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – American Stage Theatre Company announced Equity Performer (Principal/Chorus) and non-Equity auditions for the American Stage in the Park production of RENT by Jonathan Larson, directed by Eric Davis, musical directed by Vince di Mura. Auditions will be held at American Stage on Monday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

How to Audition:
Please prepare a pop/rock song appropriate to the 1990s style of the music in the show. Please do not sing musical theatre songs unless they are from RENT, or a similarly authentic pop/rock score of the same period. You may be asked to read sides from the script, which will be available at the audition.

Non-Equity actors will be put on a waiting list and will be seen whenever there is no Equity Member auditioning or waiting.

Auditions should not exceed three minutes; slots will last five minutes. Callbacks will be at a later date. An accompanist will be provided. Sides for visually-impaired actors will be provided by request 48 hours in advance.

Auditions will take place at American Stage, 163 3rd Street North in downtown St. Petersburg. Appointments can be made by calling T. Scott Wooten at 727-823-1600 ext. 212, or emailing him at tscottw@americanstage.org.
Include your name and phone number and options as to two appointment times that will work for you. You will receive a return confirmation.

Production Dates:
RENT will begin rehearsals March 21, open April 15, Wednesdays thru Sunday nights at 8 p.m., and close May 8.

Roles to be Cast:

MAUREEN JOHNSON: A performance artist and Mark’s ex-girlfriend. C4 – F5 (Soprano Belt)

ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD: A transvestite street drummer infected with HIV. Incredible dancer with a magnetic personality. C3 – A4 (Tenor)

BENJAMIN COFFIN III: Wealthy landlord of Mark and Roger’s building. Benny wants to start a multimedia studio. Eb3 – F4 (Tenor)

JOANNE JEFFERSON: A headstrong public interest lawyer, and Maureen’s lover. Bb3 – E5 (Alto)

MARK COHEN: A filmmaker and video artist, determined to capture “real” life on film. Roger’s roommate. C#3 – G4 (Tenor)

MIMI MARQUEZ: A dancer with AIDS and a drug problem. Desperate for a place to feel safe and protected. F#3 – E5 (Alto)

ROGER DAVIS: An edgy, struggling musician who’s HIV+. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. B2 – A4 (Tenor)

TOM COLLINS: An HIV+ computer genius who has recently returned to New York after an absence. Has a deep capacity for love and understanding. F#2 – A4 (Baritenor) There is only one high A (A4) for this character. It is of short duration.

RENT is on a LORT LOA contract and will pay $475/wk. Non-AEA contracts pay between stipend to $250/wk.

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