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Dominion stage's commitment to diversity

Dominion Stage celebrates the diversity found in our audiences, our community, and on our stage.  Our diversity is evident in the shows we select, the makeup of our organization, and in our casting.  If we have failed to make this clear in the past, we sincerely apologize.  

Factors that do NOT influence casting:
Factors that DO influence casting:
*unless play specifies required race

Audition Process

Auditions are usually two weeknights; pick one. Bring a resume and a headshot, but if you don't have these, we can take your picture and you can list experience on the audition form.  In the sign-in room, you'll fill out an audition form, and conflict calendar (dates you are not available for a rehearsal or performance).  There will be role descriptions, and "sides" or selected scenes from the script.  You'll be called in singly or in groups.  You may do a prepared monologue, or cold readings from the script, depending on what the director has requested. For musicals, you'll also be taught basic dance steps, and sing a song you've prepared in advance (please bring the sheet music).  Callbacks: Some actors will be "called back" for a second time, by invitation.  If you are not called back, this only means the director doesn't need to see you a second time. Casting: Actors who are cast will be notified by telephone.  Actors who are not cast will receive an email.  The date these calls and emails will be made will be clarified at the audition.

NOTE: THIS PRODUCTION IS LIMITED TO ACTORS 18+.

Auditions for
RENT

Book, music, and lyrics by jonathan larson
Director: jason damaso
Executive Producer: matthew randall

AUDITIONS: monday & tuesday, april 1 & 2, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
CALLBACKS (by invitation only): wednesday & thursday, april 3 & 4, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT: THEATRE ON THE RUN, 3700 SOUTH FOUR MILE RUN, ARLINGTON, VA

PERFORMANCE DATES: june 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2024
All performances at 8 pm.
Performances will be at: GUNSTON THEATRE TWO, 2700 S LANG STREET, Arlington, VA

Audition Process

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We invite and celebrate all performers of varying ages (18+ FOR THIS PRODUCTION), sex, ethnicities, disabilities, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song (not from Rent) that best features your vocal talents and personality. Please bring sheet music (in the correct key) to the auditions. NO RECORDED MUSIC OR A CAPELLA. Please bring a headshot and resume if available. If you do not have a headshot or resume, we will take your photo for audition purposes, and you may fill out your theatrical experience on the audition form.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION SLOT

Description of the Show

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. (MTI)

Roles & Character Descriptions*


NOTE: AUDITIONERS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

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-presenting
Age: 20s
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F2

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-presenting
Age: 20s
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

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-presenting
Age: 20s to 30s
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F#2

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-presenting
Age: 20s to 30s
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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-presenting
Age: 20s to 40s
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

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.
Male-presenting
Age: 20s to 30s
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

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.
Female-presenting
Age: early 20s
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

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-presenting
Age: 20s
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Ensemble
Homeless Men & Women; Junkies, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson); Support Group (Steve, Gordon)

* Dominion Stage is a Community Theater. All roles are unpaid.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be between April 8 and June 6; 3 to 4 weeknights and Saturdays, depending on cast and production crew availability.

Covid-19 Policy

All cast and crew must be fully vaccinated. Dominion Stage will follow any additional guidance provided by state and local authorities.

Performances

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 PM. There are no Sunday or Matinee performances unless noted.

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Dominion Stage is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Federal ID number 52-1349392.