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Chris Serface, Managing Artistic Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE End
Date: December 13, 2023
AUDITIONS: RENT DECEMBER 6-11, 2023
Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for its production
of the musical, *RENT. *This will be a co-production between Tacoma Little
Theatre and The University of Washington Tacoma. *RENT *is directed by
Maria-Tania Bandes Becerra Weingarden, musically directed by Shawna
Avinger, and choreographed by Eric Clausell.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at UWT between
12:30pm-1:30pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm. Auditions on Sunday, December 10th from
6:00pm-9:00pm and Monday, December 11th from 7:00pm-10:00pm will be at
Tacoma Little Theatre. Audition appointments are in 5-minute increments.
Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, December 13th beginning at 7:00pm at
Tacoma Little Theatre.
*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, and 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.
Auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of one song in a contemporary/rock
music style (not Oklahoma), and a monologue no longer than one (1) minute
in length. An accompanist will be provided, or you may bring a backing
track to sing to.
We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in auditioning to read the
play in its entirety prior to auditions.
RENT contains explicit sexual language and references to drug use, suicide,
and trauma experienced by people who were houseless and had HIV/Aids in the
80s and 90s in New York City. Furthermore, RENT features characters with
specific ethnic and queer identities, expressed both directly and
implicitly, which will be taken into consideration when casting. There are
also two kisses indicated in the script and scenes with staged intimate
contact. The choreography in* RENT* includes dancing that is suggestive -
bumping grinding, etc. All auditioners must be over the age of 18.
Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition,
and all roles are available.
Mark Cohen (male identifying, early to late 20s): Mark is an aspiring
filmmaker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Mark
never leaves home without a camera. He is Roger's best friend and
caregiver, and he was once Maureen’s boyfriend (who left him for Joanne).
Mark is a little nerdy and quirky. He insists that he can survive the
bleakness of his environment through his art. It soon becomes apparent,
though, that he is more comfortable viewing the world through his lens than
in actively engaging in it. He feels guilty that unlike his friends, he
does not have HIV/AIDS. The actor playing this role must be a strong singer
and actor. He dances the Tango with Joanne, so good movement skills are
also required. (Vocal range: C#3-G4)
Roger Davis (male identifying, mid 20s to early 30s): Roger is a once
successful, now struggling musician who discovered he had HIV/AIDS in a
note his girlfriend left him before she took her own life. His main goal in
life is to write one great song before he dies, but he has not been able to
play his guitar in a year, fearing that he has lost his creative energy. He
falls in love with Mimi but is too afraid to commit to her. He is also the
roommate and best friend of Mark. He is often depressed and sullen, but he
can be expressive and passionate at times. The actor playing this role must
be a good actor and an excellent singer with a rock edge. Guitar skills are
desired. (Vocal range: B2-A4)
Mimi Marquez (female identifying, 18-early 20s): Mimi Marquez works in a
strip club and struggles with her addiction to heroin, which has resulted
in her contraction of HIV/AIDS. She falls in love with Roger, who is unable
to commit to a relationship with her. She is also Benny's ex‐girlfriend.
She is extremely sexy, optimistic, and likeable but with dark secrets.
Though Mimi has” lived a lot of life,” she still sees the world through the
eyes of a young woman. She intends to make the most of every day, as she
earnestly expresses in the song “No Day but Today.” The actress playing
this role must be a strong singer, dancer, and exceptional actress. She
must be able to convincingly portray the struggles of heroin addiction,
sexual promiscuity, and HIV/AIDS, while still maintaining the optimism of
youth. There is provocative dancing for this role. (Vocal Range: F#3-E5)
Benny Coffin III (male identifying, 20s-30s): Benny used to be Mark and
Roger’s roommate, but he married Alison Grey, who is from a rich family
involved with real estate, and he is now Mark and Roger’s landlord. He had
been letting Roger and Mark live in the apartment for free, but he is now
forcing them to pay rent or be evicted. Roger and Mark consider him a
yuppie sell-out. He also had an affair with Mimi before she started to date
Roger. While in the beginning he is caught up in the lifestyle of wealth
and affluence, he ultimately realizes his friends are more important than
what money can buy. The actor playing this role must be a good singer and
actor. (Vocal Range: Eb3-F4)
Maureen Johnson (female identifying, 20s-30s): Maureen is a bisexual
performing artist and Mark's ex‐girlfriend. She left Mark to be with her
new girlfriend, Joanne. She is sexy, flirtatious, sassy, and funny. She is
bold and speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to take on the
establishment and fight for what she believes in. The actress playing this
role must be an excellent singer and actress. She must be comfortable with
same-sex physical intimacy. (Vocal Range: C4-F5)
Joanne Jefferson (female identifying, 20s-30s): Joanne is a lesbian Ivy
League educated lawyer and activist. She struggles to not be jealous of
Maureen’s flirtatious nature with others. Though she was raised in an
affluent, political family, she is committed to helping those less
fortunate. The actress playing this role must be an excellent singer and a
good actress. She must be comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy.
Since she dances the tango with Mark, good movement skills are also
required. (Vocal range: Bb3-E5)
Tom Collins (male identifying, late 20s-late 30s): Tom Collins is a gay
computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently expelled from MIT.
Tom and Angel’s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love
and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the
entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid.
The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer and actor who is
comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. He must be able to portray
great love and affection for Angel. (Vocal Range: F#2-A4)
Angel Dumott Schunard (male identifying, early to late 20s): Angel is a
young drag queen and street percussionist who meets and falls in love with
Collins. Angel is the most generous and selfless character in the show.
Though they are living with HIV/AIDS, they embrace life and live it to its
fullest. People are naturally drawn to Angel, and their smile lights up the
room. As mentioned in Tom’s character description, Tom and Angel’s
relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion
they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group.
They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor
playing this role must be an excellent actor, singer, and mover. They must
be comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy and a drag queen persona,
including dancing in heels. Percussionist skills desired but not required.
(Vocal Range: C3-A4 with falsetto)
Ensemble (male & female): The Ensemble in RENT portrays various
characters throughout, therefore they must be versatile actors and be able
to move well. In addition, due to the complexity of the music, the ability
to read music is vital.
Ages given are playable ages, actors need not specifically fit the given
age to audition. If cast, all actors receive a travel reimbursement up to
To reserve an audition time, follow this link (
http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/cgujTmFGq8iaEkZ), or call our Box
Office for assistance at (253) 272-2281.
Once cast, *RENT *will begin rehearsals on January 8, 2024, and run from
Friday, March 8, 2024 to Sunday, March 31, 2024.