RENT Auditions

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Audition Information

Audition Dates


SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH – 1:00-3:00 PM

Callbacks SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH – 3:30 PM

Audition Location



Begining in February , Monday-Friday Evenings

Performance Dates

March 24, 25, 26, & 31, and April 1 & 2

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La BohèmeRENT follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Quad City Music Guild’s production of RENT is looking for a diverse ensemble cast who can bring to life the essence of the original production; while at the same time breathing their own fresh take on Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

RENT shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Join us for audtions.


Prepare 16-32 bars of music from a musical of your choice.  Choose a piece that is up tempo, shows off your vocal range, and ideally allows you to demonstrate some interpretation of the music and the character.  You may choose a song from RENTPlease bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided.  No prerecorded music will be allowed. Dress comfortably and with shoes that allow you to learn a short dance routine.

Due to the show’s content, RENT is rated PG-13, and those auditioning need to be 18-years of age or older at the time of auditions.

  • Cast Size: Flexible
  • Cast Type: Diverse Ensemble Cast
  • Age: 18+
  • Dance Requirements: Minimal


  • Roger Davis – A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and struggles with being HIV-positive.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 20 to 35
    • Vocal range: F2 to A4
  • Mark Cohen – Aspiring 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 35
    • Vocal range: A2 to G4
  • 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. Tom is homosexual and he Angel develop deep and intimate relationship.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 25 to 45
    • Vocal range F#2 to A4
  • Benjamin Coffin III – The landlord of Mark and Roger’s apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal values for stability, power and wealth.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 20 to 35
    • Vocal range Bb2 to F#4
  • Joanne Jefferson – A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. She is in a tumultuous relationship with Maureen.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 25 to 45
    • Vocal range G3 to E5
  • Angel Dumott Schunard – The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift for dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom’s lover.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 20 to 40
    • Vocal range C3 to A4
  • 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 30
    • Vocal range Eb3 to E5
  • Maureen Johnson – An unpredictably high maintenance performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 20 to 40
    • Vocal range C4 to F5
  • Ensemble – Homeless Men & Women; Junkies, Police officers, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Marquez); Support Group (Steve, Gordon). The ensemble is a vitally important component of RENT. Covering many roles, and at times acting as a Greek Chorus, many ensemble members will be highlighted with musical solos and featured dialogue.