See below for audition information and please contact our Artistic Director, Jeremy Koch at jeremy@farmersalleytheatre.com for audition questions.

 

RENT Audition Info

Farmers Alley Theatre is seeking video and in person auditions from dynamic performers for its upcoming Summer 2023 production of RENT. 

RENT - music, lyrics & book by Jonathan Larson - Rehearsals start: 5/29/23 & Performs 6/23/23 - 7/9/23 (possible holdover through 7/16/23)

Please send all video auditions to: submissions@farmersalleytheatre.com and be sure to attach headshot and resume.

Actors will be contacted by Artistic Director, Jeremy Koch, regarding callbacks.

Video Submissions are Due by March 1, 2023

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ANN ARBOR AUDITIONS (2/16/23)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR KALAMAZOO AUDITIONS  (2/14/23 and 2/15/23)

Kalamazoo auditions will be held at the KNAC (formerly First Baptist Church) at 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007

Ann Arbor auditions will be held at the Walgreen Drama Center (1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) in Professor Walker's office 2453.

*NOTE: ALL EMPLOYEES OF FARMERS ALLEY THEATRE MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED IN ORDER TO BE EMPLOYED. This policy includes actors, directors, designers, stage managers, crew members, administrators, musicians, volunteers, etc.

*NOTE: Farmers Alley Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 

*Housing and travel provided for out-of-town talent.

*All productions will rehearse in person and perform live at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI.

*Farmers Alley operates under an AEA (Equity) SPT Tier 3 Contract ($394/week AEA Minimum Salary). Equity and non-union contracts available. Non-Equity salaries are negotiable. 

*Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend/submit.

*Performances are usually Thursday thru Sunday with occasional weekday performances and sponsor shows.

To be considered for RENT: please prepare the songs listed below for the role you're interested in. Music tracks and sheet music available on this page. Please slate your name at the top of the video, tell us what you’re going to perform, and add that to all the performance footage together into one video. You can send a YouTube or Vimeo or similar link or just send the video as an attachment.

NOTE: ALL ensemble members will understudy a principal role so please prepare a song from the role you're hoping to play. Also, ALL auditioners should prepare the song "Will I" (start at measure 5 and sing one time through).

RENT AUDITION CUTS: (everyone should be ready to sing WILL I)
MARK
Halloween, What You Own (his 1st verse), monologue
ROGER
One Song Glory (1st verse through BIG “Glory”)
COLLINS
Santa Fe (through first ‘whoa’ section), I'll Cover You Reprise
ANGEL
Today 4 U (make up a little dance for the dance break), I’ll Cover You (from the top -
skipping Collins verse- through the end - someone will sing Collins with you in the audition room)**
BENNY
You’ll See Boys (from Benny’s “You wanna produce films and write songs?”)
MIMI
Out Tonight (through ‘meow’), Goodbye Love (from “you don’t want baggage” we
will say the lines “I know a place, a clinic, etc to the end)
MAUREEN
Take Me or Leave Me (1st verse through bridge), Over the Moon (make up your
own performance piece - stopping before “I gotta get outta here..”
JOANNE
Take Me or Leave Me (Joanne”s verse through the end), Seasons solo (first solo cut
to second solo to end)**
Mrs. Jefferson - "Will I" & "Seasons of Love" solo (measure 37 - end of song)
Mr. Jefferson - "Will I" and "Seasons of Love" solo (measure 45 - end of song)

 

 
 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

For RENT by Jonathan Larson seeking:

Mark: Male-presenting, 21-35; strong actor and singer; a young filmmaker and video artist coming into his own and struggling to articulate his values and his place in the world. He has integrity, is clean cut, and perhaps a little nerdy, as well as articulate and smart. Mark guides the audience through the show. Should be mercurial, quick on his feet, dexterous, and physically expressive. Vocal range top: A2-G4. Any Ethnicity. 

Roger: Male-presenting, 25-35; strong actor and singer; a haunting and unforgettable character with a sense of loneliness. He is traumatized and emotionally cut off due to his past experiences and struggles with being HIV-positive. A rugged and sexy leading man who needs to be sympathetic and not just self-pitying. Struggling musician and former drug addict; reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Rock tenor with authentic grittiness, resonance and emotion. The ability to play the guitar is preferred. Vocal range top: G2-A4. Any Ethnicity.

Mimi: Female-presenting, 21-35; strong actor and singer; an HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions who lives each day to the fullest. She is fully comfortable in her own body and sexuality and shows vulnerability alongside ferocious charisma. A complicated and damaged young girl; must be emotional yet strong. Vocal range top: Eb3 - E5. Ethnicity: Latina / Hispanic / Latinx.

Maureen: Female-presenting, 21-35; strong actor and singer; a diva - super confident, striking, bold and brash; also, a fearless performance artist. She is carefree and a source of high spirits and relentless energy. Must be a vocal powerhouse: huge healthy belt and mix; a big soulful sound that comes from the gut. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne. Vocal range top: C4-F5. Any Ethnicity.

Tom Collins: Male-presenting, 25-35; strong actor and singer; a philosophizer, computer scientist/genius, liberal professor and anarchist who starts a tender, romantic relationship with Angel filled with unconditional love. Tom has an emotional openness and lack of self-conscience, with a generous heart and low-key sense of humor. He is a self-deprecating and wise free spirit. Vocals should be deep and warm - some bass moments with a high baritone. Vocal range top: F2-A4. Any Ethnicity.

Benny: Male-presenting, 25-35; strong actor and singer; 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. An important character with complex motives and a tangled history with other characters. Benny needs a solid actor with charm and charisma, who can be slick and intimidating to pose a credible threat but can allow the audience to see his conflicted feelings underneath. Vocal range top: Bb2 - F#4. Any Ethnicity.

Joanne Jefferson: Female-presenting, 25-40; strong actor and singer; a public interest lawyer and headstrong person. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen. She's tough and no nonsense and unafraid to back down from a confrontation but good hearted. She prides herself on her self-discipline and organizational skills and might even be a bit compulsive. The actress needs to be deft and precise with text to put tricky lyrics across clearly in her song and vocals should be earthy and warm with a certain maturity and confidence. Vocal range top: G3 - E5. Any Ethnicity.

Angel Dumott Schunard: Genderfluid/non-binary femme, 21-35; strong actor, singer and dancer; an HIV-positive street drummer with an incredible gift of dance and rhythm; a magnetic personality who loves to get dressed up and party. Angel is all about kindness and generosity. Angel has had a tough life but is still full of high spirits and is a force of goodwill and peace. Vocally: requires a high and light tenor sound but needs to be powerful at times as well. Drumming skills are preferable. Angel needs to have star presence and exude sweetness and warmth. Vocal range top: C3 - A4. Any Ethnicity.

Ensemble: Seeking several performers to a multitude of characters such as: houseless people in NYC; Junkies, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson); Support Group Members (Steve, Gordon) and more

SYNOPSISSet in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

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.

This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous.