Auditions | Algonquin Arts Theatre
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Algonquin Arts Theatre is proud to announce virtual audition submissions actors ages 18 & older for its upcoming LIVE! community theatre production of RENT.

Director: Gina Lupi
Musical Director: Mark Megill
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien

Please submit the following via email:

  • Headshot
  • Acting Resume
  • List of conflicts* between June 7 and August 22.
  • A video clip of you performing a 32 bars of a rock/pop song or a modern musical theatre selection. Please share a LINK to your video (do not attach a video to email) and make sure video/file is shared so that 'anyone with link' can view.
  • Please advise with your submission whether you are interested in one specific role/s or any role in the show.

*If you are planning to travel and are required by NJ regulations to quarantine upon return, please include the quarantine on your conflict schedule.

Please email your submission no later than May 25, 2021 to [email protected]

Rehearsals will be at Algonquin Arts Theatre or in a nearby location. Rehearsals will begin no sooner than June 7.

Performances will run the weekend of August 13-15. (Actors must reserve the weekend of August 20-22 for an expanded run, which will be based on ticket demand).

Friday, August 13 - 8 pm
Saturday, August 14 - 2 pm
Saturday, August 14 - 8 pm
Sunday, August 15 - 3 pm

Friday, August 20 - 8 pm
Saturday, August 21 - 2 pm
Saturday, August 21 - 8 pm
Sunday, August 22 - 3 pm

We are asking for the cooperation of all cast members to help us produce this show in a unique circumstance.

With safety in mind, we have policies & procedures in place designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, we cannot guarantee that you will not become ill and participation in this show could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. As such, our cast member agreement will include a COVID-19 waiver.

Each cast member will be provided with a singer's mask (sample) to keep.

We're asking cast members to consider the following:

  • Please follow all of our policies and procedures to ensure the best experience for everyone involved in this show.
  • Especially as we get closer to opening night, we ask cast members to consider the safety of their activities outside of the theatre.
  • Getting COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible, able to schedule an appointment and/or it is recommended by your doctor.


  • Performers & creative team will wear masks during rehearsals until technical dress rehearsals (when microphones are in use).
  • Actors will be called only when necessary and in small groups when possible.
  • Health screenings (temperature & symptom check) will be required during tech week.


  • Health screening (temperature & symptom check) surveys will be required on performance days.
  • Dressing rooms will be distanced to the extent possible.
  • Masks are required in dressing rooms until actors are miced & in makeup.
  • All crew & orchestra will wear masks at all times.
  • Audience capacity is limited based on providing social distance between all parties (about 30%). All audience members must wear masks. Eating & drinking is not permitted in the theatre (other than bottled water).
  • Pandemic-related protocols are subject to change based on public policies and recommendations of the CDC, NJ Department of Health and other agencies.

We will only consider actors ages 18 or older for the following roles.

Mark Cohen (Stage Age: early to late twenties; Vocal Range: Tenor C#3-G4) - Mark is an aspiring film?maker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Mark never leaves home without a camera. He is Roger's best friend and caregiver, and he was once Maureen's boyfriend. Mark is a little nerdy and quirky. He insists that he can survive the bleakness of his environment through his art. It soon becomes apparent, though, that he is more comfortable viewing the world through his lens than in actively engaging in it. He feels guilty that unlike his friends, he does not have HIV/AIDS. The actor playing this role must be a strong singer and actor. He dances the Tango with Joanne, so good movement skills are also required.

Roger Davis (Stage Age: mid-twenties to early thirties; Vocal Range: Tenor B2-A4) - Roger is a once successful, now struggling musician who discovered he had HIV/AIDS in a note his girlfriend left him before she took her own life. His main goal in life is to write one great song before he dies. He falls in love with Mimi but is too afraid to commit to her, knowing that she also is infected with HIV/AIDS. He is also the roommate and best friend of Mark. He is often depressed and sullen, but he can be expressive and passionate at times. The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer with a rock edge. Guitar skills are desired, but are not required.

Mimi Marquez (Stage Age: late teens to early twenties; Vocal Range: Alto F#3-E5) - Mimi Marquez is a HIV-positive stripper and drug addict. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She falls in love with Roger and is also Benny's ex?girlfriend. She is extremely sexy, optimistic, and likeable but with dark secrets. Though Mimi has 'lived a lot of life' she still sees the world through the eyes of a young woman and she intends to make the most of every day. The actress playing this role must be a strong singer, dancer, and exceptional actress. She must be able to convincingly portray the struggles of heroin addiction, sexual promiscuity, and HIV/AIDS, while still maintaining the optimism of youth.

Benny Coffin III (Stage Age: twenties to thirties; Vocal Range: Tenor Eb3-F4) - Benny used to be Mark and Roger's roommate, but he married Alison Grey, a rich family involved with real estate, and he is now their landlord. He had been letting Roger and Mark live in the apartment for free, but he is now forcing them to pay rent or be evicted. Roger and Mark consider him a yuppie sell out. He also had an affair with Mimi before she started to date Roger. The actor playing this role must be a strong singer and actor and be able to portray a villainous edge which softens as the story unfolds.

Maureen Johnson (Stage Age: twenties to thirties; Vocal Range: Soprano Belt C4-F5) - Maureen is an unpredictably zany bi-sexual performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne. She is sexy, flirtatious, sassy, and funny. She is bold and speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to take on the establishment and fight for what she believes in. The actress playing this role must have an excellent vocal range and be comfortable with same sex physical intimacy.

Joanne Jefferson (Stage Age mid-twenties to early thirties; Vocal Range: Soprano Belt Bb3-E5) - Joanne is a lesbian Ivy League educated public interest lawyer. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen. She struggles to not be jealous of Maureen's flirtatious nature with others. Though she was raised in an affluent, political family, she is committed to helping those less fortunate. The actress playing this role must have an excellent Soprano belt and be comfortable with same sex physical intimacy.

Tom Collins (Stage Age: late twenties to late thirties; Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor F#2 - One A4 for a short duration) - Tom Collins is a gay computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently expelled from MIT. He is brave enough to allow himself to fall in love with Angel, knowing that since both of them are infected with HIV/AIDS, their relationship has no future. Tom and Angel's relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer and actor who is comfortable with same sex physical intimacy. He must be able to portray great love and affection for Angel.

Angel Schunard (Stage Age: early to late twenties, Vocal Range: Tenor with Falsetto C3-A4) - Angel is a young drag queen and street percussionist. He meets and falls in love with Collins. As a person, Angel is the most generous and selfless character in the show. Angel hands out money to the neighborhood while dressed in Santa drag. Though he has HIV/AIDS, he embraces life and lives it to its fullest. People are naturally drawn to him, and his smile lights up the room... As mentioned in Tom's character description, Tom and Angel's relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent actor, singer, and dancer comfortable with same sex physical intimacy and a drag queen persona, including dancing in heels. Percussionist skills desired but not required.

Ensemble Characters (many double in other scenes)
All members of the ensemble must be strong singers, dancers and actors. There are 6-8 ensemble roles available for 3-4 males and 3-4 females. They will portray various characters throughout the show all with challenging solo singing and a cappella group harmonies.

Stage ages: Various; Vocal Ranges: all vocal ranges sought

Carolers: There are homeless street men and women who appear throughout the show sarcastically singing Christmas carols.

Mrs. Cohen: Mark's stereotypical Jewish mother. Her voicemail messages are the basis for the songs Voicemail #1, Voicemail #3, and Voicemail #5.

Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark after his footage of the riot makes primetime. Sings Voicemail #3 and Voicemail #4.

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson, they leave her Voicemail #2. Mr. Jefferson is also one of the a cappella singers in Voicemail #5. Mrs. Jefferson usually sings the female solo in Seasons of Love.

Mrs. Davis: Roger's confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5, asking continuously, "Roger, where are you?"

Mrs. Marquez: Mimi's Spanish?speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5, wondering, in Spanish, where she is.

Mr. Grey: Benny's father?in?law who wants to buy out the lot.

The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.

Life Support Group: Paul (The man in charge of the Life Support group), Gordon, Steve, Ali, Pam, Sue. As notated in the script by Larson, the roles of all of the Life Support members are encouraged to take on the name that someone in the cast (or production) knows or has known to have succumbed to AIDS or other disease.

Squeegee Man: A homeless person who chants "Honest living!" over and over.

Homeless Woman: She gets harassed by police and Mark films it. She first yells at Mark but then asks him for a dollar.

Waiter: Waits on the cast and has solo lines in La Vie Boehme.

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