The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) announced audition dates for their summer musical collaboration on the Broadway-changing, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning rock musical, RENT. The production is part of the Arts Center's Summer Musical Program and is scheduled to run in NJPAC's Victoria Theater July 16-25 and tour to the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ July 30-August 8. Open call auditions will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10AM-5PM in NJPAC's Victoria Theater lobby. There will also be an open call held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 1-4PM. Callbacks will take place at NJPAC on Saturday, April 17, 2010 and will be scheduled at the open call auditions. Rehearsals for the cast will run May 13 through June 19 on Thursday and Friday evenings and weekends. From June 21 through July 15, rehearsals will be six days a week from 3 pm to 11 pm.

The NJPAC/ NJYT production of RENT will feature a multi-cultural cast of 20 talented New Jersey/New York Metro-area young actors between the ages of 16 and 23.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Singers open call 1-4pm

Algonquin Arts Theatre

171 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Singers open call 10am-5pm

NJPAC's Victoria Theater Lobby

1 Center Street, Newark, NJ

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dance callbacks 6pm

NJPAC's Center for Arts Education Center

24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ Room 313

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Callbacks (singing and reading) by appointment

NJPAC's Horizon Theater in the Center for Arts Education 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ Horizon Foundation Theater

Who: Musical theater performers ages 16- 23.

What: Auditionees must prepare a song from RENT and bring a photo of themselves and a resume. An accompanist will be provided. RENT is Jonathon Larson's Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award-winning rock musical. The show's powerful score and poignant story follow a year in the lives of a group of impoverished young artists living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. They help each other survive the physical and emotional complications of AIDS, relationships, and financial hardships.

Sets, props and wardrobe operations, onstage and backstage, will be in the hands of professionals assisted by young technical interns in each area. The actors, musicians and technical interns will come from across the Metro-area and participate free of charge in this unique project. Past NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical productions include last year's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as well as productions of Midnight Madness, 1776, Ragtime: The Musical (named by The Star Ledger as "Best Musical 2006"), Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes, West Side Story (recipient of the 2003 Music Theatre International Award of Excellence), South Pacific, Once On This Island, Brigadoon, Oliver! and Carousel.

New Jersey Youth Theatre, formerly known as the Westfield Young Artists Cooperative Theatre, is one of the most celebrated youth theater companies in New Jersey, enabling young artists to receive the highest caliber, professional level theatrical experience and education possible. Performers learn firsthand about musical theater by participating in a full-scale, professional level production. The NJPAC/New Jersey Youth Theatre Summer Musical Program is made possible in part by McCrane Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Provident Bank, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. NJPAC's Arts Education Department is the fourth largest arts education department of a performing arts center in the country. 

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in the heart of an emerging downtown Newark, New Jersey, is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. Home of the Grammy® Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC has been widely cited as a catalyst in the revitalization of New Jersey's largest city, attracting over 6 million visitors (including more than one million children) in its first twelve years of operation. Programming has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. NJPAC is a wheelchair accessible facility and provides assistive services such as TTY ticket purchase, designated seating, Sennheiser infrared listening devices and seat cushions.