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TICK, TICK...BOOM! | AUDITION INFO

Step One:

Submit an online Audition Form.

Step Two:

Register for a timeslot here.

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick... Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, six actors and a band, Tick, Tick... Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. This show will be performed in SALT's West Chester location. See below for audition details.

Audition Dates

Initial auditions will take place via timeslots on September 25th & 28th at SALT Performing Arts in West Chester (19 Hagerty Blvd, 19382). 

Callbacks

Callbacks will take place if necessary and by invitation on the evening of September 29th, also at SALT's West Chester location.

Performance Dates

Performances will take place on the weekends of January 12-21, 2024 at SALT's West Chester location. 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will primarily take place on Sunday afternoons, Monday evenings, and Wednesday evenings beginning mid-October. Please review the rehearsal and production schedule here to put any known conflicts on your audition form.

Audition Format

To access the script, click here.

To access the score, click here.

If auditioning for the role of Jon:
Required Vocal: 30/90 (from Tick, Tick…Boom) - bars 17-84
Required Reading: Monologue on pg 58
Start: “Suddenly the room…”
End: “...pure excitement & hope.”
Preferred: Piano Audition
Auditioner’s choice of: 
30/90 - Bars 6-44 (intro & verse 1) w/vocals
Why - Bars 1-32 (intro & verse 1) w/vocals

If auditioning for the role of Michael: 
Required Vocal: One 32-bar selection from a song of their choice (in the style of the show)
Required Reading: Monologue on pg 20
Start: “This is a car…”
End: “But my God…”
Optional: 45-60 second instrument audition
Auditioner’s choice of instrument
Auditioner’s choice of music selection

If auditioning for the role of Susan:
Required Vocal: Come To Your Senses (from Tick, Tick,...Boom) - bars 76-104
Required Reading: Rosa’s (Jon’s agent) monologue on pg 62
Start: “Honey, we always knew…”
End: “Happy birthday!”
Optional: 45-60 second instrument audition
Auditioner’s choice of instrument
Auditioner’s choice of music selection

 

Compensation

This is a community theatre production performed on a volunteer basis.

Roles

All roles are open and available, and we encourage all performers to submit for any role regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, sexuality, neurodiversity, and similarity to the source material or original cast. We are seeking to cast 3 actors to play Jon, Michael, and Susan and 3 actors to be their understudies, as well as play the other roles in the script.

Jon, Stage Age 30 - Tenor
Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: A2
Scruffy
Slightly unkempt & tired
Anxious
A little frenetic & scattered energy at times
Strong acting ability in order to convey a wide range of character traits, levels of intensity, & conflicting passions
Strongly Preferred: A highly skilled pianist who can act & play simultaneously

Michael, Stage Age Low 30’s - Baritone
Vocal range top: Gb4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Clean cut
Well rounded
Loyal
Professional exterior, with a playful side
Strong acting ability in order to convey a public façade of power & confidence, while internally hiding a life-altering secret.
Nice to Have: The ability to play guitar, ukulele, or drums 

Susan, Stage Age Upper 20’s - Mezzo Soprano
Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: A3
Seductive, kind, independent
No-nonsense/gritty attitude, yet still genuine & polite 
Soulful belt
Strong acting ability in order to convey her deep connection & love for Jon, while simultaneously weighing the options she has to begin her professional life out of NYC.
Nice to Have: The ability to play guitar, ukulele, or drums 

 

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