Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson


RENT has some specific requirements for certain roles regarding age, gender or racial specificity. Additionally, there are expected traditions that date from its creation. While we intend to honor those traditions to the best of our ability in casting, we may depart from some specifics of those traditions, but will remain focused on honoring the broad diversity that the show requires.

Except where historical significance, age, gender or racial specificity are required by the narrative, all actors will be considered for open roles regardless of gender identity, age or race. While casting decisions are subjective and driven by the vision of the director and the creative team, Civic Theatre is committed to a diverse and inclusive cast, crew and staff whenever possible. However, we are often contractually constrained from making substantive changes to characters. While we may actively seek a diverse cast, actors should be prepared to execute portrayals in accordance with the script. 


At this time, only individuals who are FULLY VACCINATED are eligible to audition for this production.

If you are eligible to receive a COVID Booster, you will be required to get boosted prior to the beginning of rehearsal.

Audition Dates

Auditions : June 20 & 21 @ 7pm

Beginning June 6, 2022, our online audition form will be available. You will fill out the form completely including conflicts (required), headshot & resumé (not required). You will have the opportunity to select your audition date. 24 hours before your selected date you will be provided with a specific time. Video auditions will be accepted. In general, we cannot arrange for individual times outside of the scheduled auditions. Should we deem it necessary, we MAY schedule alternate dates at a later time.

Callbacks -TBD


Director: Michael J. Lasley
Music Director: Brent E. Marty
Choreographer: Anne Beck

Production Dates

Rehearsals: August 15 - October 6, 2022

In general rehearsals will be held Sunday 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm and Monday through Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. All actors are not called for all rehearsals. Actual schedule will be determined once the show is cast.

Performances: October 7 - 22, 2022

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm.

What To Prepare:

  • Please prepare 16 bars of a Musical Theatre song in the style of the musical or a one-minute section of an appropriate pop/rock song that also reflects the style of the score. You may accompany yourself on guitar only, if you play. An accompanist is provided for any piano accompaniment
  • Please be prepared to dance - you will be given an opportunity to change into comfortable clothing after your vocal audition
  • You will be asked to read a side from the show. These sides will be at a link provided once you fill out your audition form.


Set 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. 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.

Character Descriptions

**Please note: all ages listed below are Stage Ages**


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.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
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.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
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.

Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
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.

Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
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.

Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 40
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.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
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.

Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 21
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.

Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4


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

Gender: Male, Female, Non-binary
Age: 20 to 50

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