Director: Sharla Ronchetto
Assistant Director: Jordyn Ward
Vocal Director: Jeanne Benson
Co-Choreographers: Deisy Anderson & Trinity Dunn
In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
Saturday, April 29 ~ 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 30 ~ 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 6 ~ 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 7 ~ 2:00 PM
IN THE HEIGHTS AUDITIONS
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All those cast in IN THE HEIGHTS are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $28) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members 17 and under. Memberships paid during the 2022-2023 season will also fulfill this requirement.
PLEASE NOTE: Should any updated Health Department or CDC recommendations arise anytime during the course of this production, the KVTA Board of Directors reserves the right to modify KVTA's COVID-19 policy including, but not limited to, mask usage.
AUDITION AND CALLBACK DATES/LOCATION:
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, December 27, time slots beginning at 6 pm
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, December 28, starting at 6 pm
KVTA Studios 1 Stuart Dr Kankakee IL 60901
April 29, 30 & May 6, 7, 2023
Lincoln Cultural Center 240 Warren Ave Kankakee IL 60901
Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director, Sharla Ronchetto, at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include In the Heights in the subject line.
From the Directing Staff: The In the Heights Production Staff is committed to the practice of color-conscious casting. We recognize that considerations of race, including how race and ethnicity shape society and the stories we tell, are vital components to the casting process. Also critical to the casting process are audience perceptions of race on stage. For this production, we will be paying particular attention to our Hispanic/Latino community members, while understanding that Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. We are striving to craft an authentic performance in ways that respect, care for, and honor individuals, cultures, and communities of color. There is always more to learn and more to do, and we prioritize our continuous education, reflection, and action.
(Adapted from The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film: link) (For a statement from Quiara Alegría Hudes, the author of the book/script of In the Heights, regarding the casting of In the Heights, please visit: link)
SIGN UP for your audition time slot online at: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/ijnze
• Time slots are currently limited to 10 auditioners per time slot.
• Additional time slots may be added and/or the number of auditioners per time slot may be increased, as needed.
• If you cannot attend any of these audition times, please email the Director at email@example.com and we will come up with a suitable option for everyone involved.
• To participate in this production, auditioners must be at least 16 years of age, or older. Proof of age may be requested.
We are looking to cast 25-30 people. All auditioners must complete an audition form, a conflict calendar, and sign our KVTA policies acknowledgement form. Cast members are required to provide the following personal items: shoes, socks, and stage makeup. Optional expenses are the purchase of a show DVD, a picture CD, apparel items, etc.
ALL AUDITIONERS MUST PROVIDE A COMPLETED AUDITION FORM AND CONFLICT CALENDAR. PLEASE PRINT OUT THE FORMS AND BRING THEM FILLED OUT TO AUDITIONS.
KVTA Policies Acknowledgement Form to be signed: PDF
All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media, Sexual Harassment, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies. If said participant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will sign for the participant. Any parent or guardian signing for their auditioner agrees to instruct and provide information to their auditioner regarding KVTA's policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTICIPATED REHEARSAL TIMES:
Rehearsals will start the week of January 9, 2023. During January and February, we will rehearse once or twice a week. Rehearsals will increase in frequency toward the middle of February. They will be scheduled within these time frames: Monday-Friday, 6:00-9:00pm, and possibly some Saturday mornings. There will be some nights with no rehearsals, and not every cast member will need to be at every rehearsal. Please list all conflicts that you have that fall into these times. Conflicts will not preclude you from being cast; they are needed for us to develop a rehearsal schedule. Attendance during Tech Week (April 24-28) is mandatory.
INITIAL AUDITION FORMAT:
At the initial audition, if the auditioner feels comfortable doing so, we would like you to introduce yourself in Spanish (script provided below, if needed) and sing one of the vocal options from the list provided. Then the group will perform the pre-learned dance. The dance will not be taught at the auditions; you must learn it beforehand.
Introducing yourself in Spanish (if you speak Spanish, you can introduce yourself as you please - if you do not speak Spanish, you may introduce yourself in your preferred language):
Me llamo ___. (I call myself ___.)
Soy de ___. (I am from ___.)
Quiero ser parte de esta producción porque ___. (I want to be part of this production because ___. You may finish the sentence in English or in Spanish)
VOCAL OPTIONS: (choose the one that best highlights your singing abilities)
USNAVI DE LA VEGA: Lead, 20-35. Latino / Hispanic
First-generation Dominican American; energetic owner of De La Vega Bodega; the narrator of our story; must be an excellent rapper; tenor-bari: D3-G4.
NINA ROSARIO: Lead, 18-30, Latina / Hispanic
First-generation Puerto Rican-American; Freshman at Stanford; intelligent, hard-working, and driven; trying to make her family proud while navigating adulthood; a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; represents the opportunity outside of "The Heights." Mezzo-Soprano with a strong belt/mix. F3-F5.
BENNY: Lead, 20-35, African American
An employee of Rosario’s who is an aspiring business man trying to rise from his station in life; funny and full of personality; great singer with pop/hip-hop flare; tenor; B2-A4.
VANESSA: Lead, 18-30, Latina / Hispanic
A shampoo girl at Daniela's Salon; beautiful, vivacious, driven, and intelligent with a strong sense of humor; she wants to get out of the barrio; strong dancer; mezzo-soprano with a strong belt; F#3-F5.
ABUELA CLAUDIA: Lead, 50-70, Latina / Hispanic
Cuban; raised Usnavi though not his blood grandmother; loving matriarch for the entire community; deeply loving and unwaveringly optimistic with a surprising sense of humor; full of wisdom, life experience, memories, and years of hard work; excellent singer; alto with a strong belt; Eb3-E5.
KEVIN ROSARIO: Supporting, 40-50, Latino / Hispanic
Puerto Rican; upstanding, hard-working and proud father of Nina; co-owner of Rosario's car service; he's a traditionalist; bari-tenor: A2-F4.
CAMILA ROSARIO: Supporting, 40-50, Latina / Hispanic
Puerto Rican; hard-working, wise and proud mother of Nina; co-owner of Rosario's Car Service; she's a traditionalist and very active in the community; alto; G3-E5.
SONNY: Supporting, 16-25, Latino / Hispanic
Dominican American; Usnavi’s cousin; streetwise yet a goofball; charming and adorable; he feigns a persona of perceived cool masculinity; he is someone that needs guidance; strong comedic timing; excellent rapper; tenor; D3-B4.
DANIELA: Supporting, 30-45, Latina / Hispanic
Puerto Rican; owner of Daniela's Salon; brash, funny, and outspoken; meticulous about her physical appearance; the gossip queen of the neighborhood; excellent singer, good mover with strong comedic timing; alto belter; F4-E5.
CARLA: Supporting, 20-35, Latina / Hispanic
Daniela’s sidekick; works at the salon; sweet and likable; strong in her faith, she is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety; strong comedic timing; alto belter; F3-E5.
GRAFFITI PETE: Supporting, 18-25
Streetwise, self-made artist; sidekick to Sonny.
PIRAGUA GUY: Supporting, 30-60, Latino / Hispanic
He diligently sells piraguas (flavored ice shavings) in the Heights to earn a living; he represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city; bright, soaring tenor; D3-A4.
Interesting, diverse, and well‐rounded people of the community; all shapes and sizes; as important as any of the principals, these people have stories of their own.
All auditioners will perform the audition dance within their small group. There is a front view of the dance and a back view of the dance. The audition dance has been recorded for the auditioners to learn on their own before the auditions. We will not teach the dance at the auditions. All auditioners are expected to learn their audition dance before the audition and perform their dance without instruction at auditions. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to move in, as well as appropriate shoes for dancing.
AN AUDITION DANCE WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, at 4:00 pm, at Dance Alive! Dance Studio, 293 SouthCreek Drive, Manteno, IL 60950.
The callback list will be posted on the KVTA website at http://www.kvta.org and on the KVTA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/kankakeetheatre after all auditions have been completed. The music and readings for callbacks are listed below. Additional callback materials may be added, if needed.
Wednesday, December 28, beginning at 6 pm
• For anyone new to the audition process, callbacks are only for select auditioners that the show staff members (i.e. Director, Assistant Director, Vocal Director, and Choreographer) would like to see again. We will post a callback list after all auditions have been completed. The time of the posting for the callback list will be dependent upon how late we audition. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
• We will use your audition number when we post the callbacks. Please take note of what number you are given at the initial audition.
• If for any reason you cannot make this callback date, PLEASE email the Director before your audition, or tell the board member working the check-in table at auditions.
• If you are called back, it is highly encouraged that you make every effort to attend the callbacks.
• Some auditioners may be called back to read and/or sing for more than one character.
• Receiving a callback does not guarantee anyone a role in the production. Also, there may be auditioners cast that did not receive a callback. Not everyone will be called back.
Please print off the material for any character(s) you are called back for by clicking on the links below. You do not have to memorize songs or lines. Bring the material with you to your callback.
SONGS FOR CALLBACKS:
In addition to the vocal options for the initial audition, the following songs might be used for callbacks:
POSSIBLE SCENES FOR CALLBACKS:
The cast list will be posted on the KVTA website at http://www.kvta.org and on the KVTA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/kankakeetheatre after all callbacks have been completed. Thank you in advance for your patience as we will have many difficult decisions to make!
For those cast in the show, our CAST READ THRU will be on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 6:00 pm at the KVTA Studios. This is a mandatory meeting.
Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director at: email@example.com Please include In the Heights in the subject line.
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In the Heights Staff