Audition Announcements:

We are thrilled to announce auditions for
RENT!


Saturday, September 10 2pm-6pm
OR
Sunday, September 11 5pm-9pm

PERFORMANCES: Nov 4 – Nov 20
(MUST be available to for ALL performances and final 2 weeks of rehearsal)
The specific rehearsal schedule has not be finalized yet.
 

Director/Choreographer: Ray Dumont
Music Director: Rebecca Caron
Producers: Joanna Chantal/Gigi Paquette

Audition Procedures:
RENT is nearly 100% sung, so casting will rely primarily on an actor’s singing and acting abilities. Those
auditioning should refer to the suggested song listed for each character and prepare their best 16 bar
cut to sing. Show your range. The Music Director will have the score at the audition, so it is not
required that you bring music. ALL MUST SING WITH ACCOMPANIMENT. NO A CAPELLA. Additional
singing will most likely be asked of those under consideration for major roles. Familiarity with the show
and score are definitely a plus!


There will be a dance/movement call for actors auditioning for Angel and Mimi.

NOTE: The creative team is VERY interested in building a cast that is diverse in every way. We
encourage EVERYONE who desires to be considered for RENT to audition. RENT provides ample
opportunities for creative collaboration and an abundance of voices/points of view.

RENT is an ensemble show. Yes, there are leading roles, but the essence of this show is “community.”
The creative team is looking for a collaborative, kind, and wildly talented company of artists.

Synopsis:
Set in the late 80’s East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and
living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has
become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of
all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the
lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. (synopsis via Music Theatre International)
 

Characters:
Roger Davis
A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive.
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F2
“One Song, Glory”

Mark Cohen
Filmmaker and video artist. Knee deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd.
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2
“What You Own”

Tom Collins
A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive.
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F#2
“I’ll Cover You” (Reprise)

Benjamin Coffin III
The landlord of Mark and Roger's apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth.
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
“You’ll See”” or any of the Ensemble choices

Joanne Jefferson
A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen.
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
“Take Me Or Leave Me”

Angel Dumott Schunard
The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic
personality. He becomes Tom's lover.
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3
“I’ll Cover You”

Mimi Marquez
An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local
strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft.
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
“Out Tonight,” “No Day But Today”

Maureen Johnson
An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne.
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4
“Take Me Or Leave Me”

Ensemble
(Can sing a part of “Seasons of Love,” “No Day But Today”. Those interested in the solos in “Seasons of Love” are encouraged to do those.” Homeless Men & Women; Junkies, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson); Lexi Darling; Support Group (Steve, Gordon)


NOTE: The ensemble in RENT is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL to telling the story. EVERY ensemble member will have meaningful roles to play in this production. All ensemble members must be VERY capable actor/singers.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
At this time Portland Players is requiring all cast and crew members for the production of RENT to be vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccination to the audition, or you will not be allow to audition for this production. 

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