Jan 102018

Production Team
Director/Sets: Todd Miller
Musical Director: Esther White
Production Manager: Leane Gooding
Stage Manager: Stephanie Young
Properties: Mandy Waters
Costumes: Carolyn Dzur
Information night
Thursday 25th January 2018 @ 7pm @ The Dogbox, Smith Street, Warragul (above Warragul
Municipal Band Room)
Please call Leane on 0407 444 430 or email offtheleashtheatre@gmail.com for further
information if needed.
Audition Dates
February Saturday 10th – 9 am to 5pm & Sunday 11th – 1pm to 5pm
@ The Pettit Centre, 31 Gladstone Street, Warragul
Call backs Monday 12th @ 7pm at The Dog Box
Please call Leane on 0407 444 430 or email offtheleashtheatre@gmail.com to
book your audition time (essential)
Character information
In this show, singing will be the focus but we’re also looking for quality actors who are going
to do the script justice. – dealing with AIDs, drugs, death, poverty and love– the cast will
need to be wholly committed to character development and growth, in order to genuinely
carry these themes across. American accents required. Age group 18+
Mark Cohen : A struggling Jewish-American documentary filmmaker and the narrator of the
show. Roger’s roommate (once roomed with Collins’, Maureen, and Benny)
Male Lead, 20-30 yrs, Bari/Tenor, C#3-G4
Roger Davis: A once-successful but now struggling musician/rock guitarist ex-junkie who is
HIV positive. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. Not coping with the
fact that he, along with many others around him, knows that he is going to die. His
girlfriend, April, killed herself after finding out that she was HIV positive. He is roommates
with Mark.
Male Lead, Mid 20s, Tenor, B2-A4, (+Play Guitar)
Mimi Márquez: A club dancer and drug addict. She lives downstairs from Mark and Roger, is
Roger’s love interest, and, like him, has HIV. She is also Benny’s ex-lover.
Female Lead, 19yrs – (early 20s), Mezzo Sop, F#3-E5
Tom Collins: An anarchist professor with AIDS. He is described by Mark as a “computer
genius, teacher, and vagabond anarchist who ran naked through the Parthenon.” Collins
dreams of opening a restaurant in Santa Fe, where the problems in New York will not affect
him and his friends. He was formerly a roommate of Roger, Mark, Benny, and Maureen.
Male Supporting, late 20s/ mid 30s, Baritone, F#2-A4 (one A4 for short duration)
Angel Dumott Schunard : A young drag queen and street percussionist with a generous
disposition, who has AIDS; Collins’ love interest.
Male Supporting, Early – mid 20s Tenor with Falsetto, C3-A4. (+ some Drumming),
Maureen Johnson : A performance artist who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend. She is very flirtatious
and cheated on Mark (presumably with Joanne). Larson considered Maureen a lesbian,
despite her relationships with men, he specifically identified her as “lesbian” in the script.
Female Supporting, Mid 20s/ early 30s, Mezzo-Sop, C4-F5
Joanne Jefferson : An Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer and a lesbian. Joanne is
the woman for whom Maureen left Mark. Joanne has very politically powerful parents (one
is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a government official).
Female Supporting, Mid 20s/ early 30s, Alto / Mezzo-Sop, Bb3-E5
Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III; Landlord of Mark, Roger, and Mimi’s apartment building and
ex-roommate of Mark, Collins, Roger, and Maureen. Now married to Alison Grey of the
Westport Greys, a very wealthy family involved in real estate, and he is considered a yuppie
scum and a sell-out by his ex-roommates. He at one time had a relationship with Mimi.
Male Supporting, Mid 20s/ early 30s, Eb3 – F4
Ensemble 18+
Great actor/singers who move well to portray various characters including: Alexi Darling,
Mark’s Mum, Roger’s Mum, Joanne’s Mum, Joanne’s Dad, Life Support Group, Squeegee
Man, Seasons of Love Soloists, and more. Please read audition requirements carefully.
All vocal range sought.
*Please prepare one rock musical number that will show off your ability to act and sing at
the same time. (NOT from RENT). Rock musicals tell nearly the entire story in song so this is
an essential part of the audition process.
You will also be required to sing an excerpt from RENT – appropriate sheet music will be
emailed to you after you have booked your audition time.
*Please bring sheet music to the audition – No backing tracks. An accompanist will be
provided for you.
*Please prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue; this should reflect the character you are
auditioning for.
*Please arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to audition time. The audition form must be
completed prior to your audition (this can be downloaded from the website
www.offtheleashtheatre.com.au ). Please bring a photo to attach to this form.
*Callbacks (Monday 12th February) – you will receive a phone call from our Production
Manager if you are required to attend a callback.
Please wear comfortable/suitable clothing to audition. Thongs and bare feet are not
an option Synopsis
RENT tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day
East Village New York. The story centres on Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a
former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts
to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern
day life. This is a truly powerful story.