AUDITION INFORMATION

 

 

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The Dio - Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County's award winning professional theatre company, is excited to announce auditions for their upcoming production of RENT by Jonathan Larson on Sunday, April 3 and Monday, April 4 from 6pm to 10pm by appointment only. Auditions will take place at The Dio, 177 E. Main Street, Pinckney MI, 48169.

*For this particular production, we would prefer seeing actors in person if possible, however we understand that appointment slots are limited. Therefore, actors unable to secure an audition appointment may submit an audition video. Please follow the in-person audition instructions and film both song cuts with your full body on camera. Audition videos must be received by Saturday, April 2 at 7pm to be considered. When submitting your video, please include the following: headshot, resume, photo proof of vaccination, a list of all conflicts from July 16 to October 2. Completed video auditions may be emailed to steve@diotheatre.com.

Seeking a diverse cast of strong, non-Equity actor/singer/dancers, fully vaccinated, including booster if 6 months past initial shot(s). Must show proof of vaccination and photo ID upon arrival at audition.

Note: The roles of Mimi and Angel have been cast.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

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. Male identifying. Age: 20 to 25. Vocal range: F2 - A4

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. Male identifying. Age: 20 to 30. Vocal range: A2 - G4

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. Male identifying. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range: F#2 - A4

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. Male identifying. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range: Bb2 - F#4

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.
Female identifying. Age: 25 to 40. Vocal range: G3 - E5

MAUREEN JOHNSON - An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne. Female identifying. Age: 20 to 25. Vocal range: C4 - F5

ENSEMBLE - 8 men, women and/or other gender identifying performers to play mulitple roles including the following: Homeless Men & Women; Junkies, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson); Support Group (Steve, Gordon). Age: 18 to 40. All vocal ranges.

AUDITION APPOINTMENTS AND PROTOCOLS:
Auditions will take place Sunday, April 3 from 6pm to 9pm by appointment. Appointments can be made in 10 minute slots. Visit the link below to schedule your audition time.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAFA92CA4F94-rent

Please arrive at The Dio 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. To aid in social distancing, do not enter the building more than 15 minutes early. Bring photo ID and proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 including booster if eligible. You will be asked to fill out a short piece of paperwork and to supply all rehearsal/performance conflicts prior to auditioning. Enter using the front door located on Main Street, then head immediately downstairs to the greenroom. All actors must wear a mask while inside the building, however you may remove your mask during your audition. All Dio employees are fully vaccinated and will remain masked throughout the evening.

AUDITION PREP:
Prepare two 16 bar cuts of music, one pop song, one musical theatre piece, that shows off vocal range AND personality. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing. Bring one copy of your headshot and resume STAPLED TOGETHER.

In-person callbacks will take place by invitation only on Sunday, April 10 from 6pm to 11pm at The Dio, 177 E. Main Street, Pinckney MI 48169. Sides will be available on The Dio's website at www.diotheatre.com prior to callbacks.

PAY: 
Actors over the age of 18 receive a stipend of $450*, plus a meal following each performance and two complimentary tickets. Actors with previous serving experience may choose to serve tables on select nights for additional tip money. Servers are scheduled on an alphabetic rotation.
*If any of the performances are cancelled for any reason, stipend will be reduced by $15 per cancelled show.

REHEARSAL INFO: 
Rehearsals will begin July 16, 2022 and take place at The Dio, 177 E. Main, Pinckney MI, 48169, Mondays through Fridays from 6pm to 10pm and Saturdays from noon to 6pm. Tech Saturday will take place from noon to midnight on August 13. Can work with rehearsal conflicts if necessary, however, conflicts are a deciding factor in casting. All conflicts must be supplied at the time of auditions.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
*Call for evening performances is 7pm.
*Call for matinee performances is 1pm.
Friday, August 19 - evening
Saturday, August 20 - evening
Sunday, August 21 - matinee
Friday, August 26 - evening
Saturday, August 27 - evening
Sunday, August 28 - matinee
Friday, September 2 - evening
Saturday, September 3 - evening
Sunday, September 4 - matinee
Friday, September 9 - evening
Saturday, September 10 - evening
Sunday, September 11 - matinee
Friday, September 16 - evening
Saturday, September 17 - evening
Sunday, September 18 - matinee
Friday, September 23 - evening
Saturday, September 24 - evening
Sunday, September 25 - matinee
Thursday, September 29 - evening
Friday, September 30 - evening
Saturday, October 1 - evening
Sunday, October 2 - matinee

SHOW SYNOPSIS:
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, 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.

IN THE SPIRIT OF SHARED HUMANITY AND A CONCERN FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD AT LARGE, WE AT The Dio CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND AFFIRM OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS MOST AT RISK. WE DISAVOW ALL RACISM AND HATE SPEECH OR ACTIONS THAT ATTEMPT TO SILENCE, THREATEN AND DEGRADE OTHERS. WE ENCOURAGE AND WELCOME BIPOC, AAPI, Latinx AND LGBTQ+ PERFORMERS TO ATTEND OUR AUDITIONS, AND TO JOIN OUR DIO FAMILY.

callback information

please click on the character name for all callback sides

maureen

joanne

mark

benny

roger

collins

soloists