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 Hickory Community Theatre encourages people of all races, ethnicities, identities, body types, physical and cognitive abilities to audition. Theatre is for everyone, and HCT believes in representation and equity for all. 


Usnavi De La Vega: (M, 20-30, Latino). Charismatic leading man with tremendous heart. Baritone with very strong, clear rap narrative skills. 24 year old owner of De La Vega’s Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have since passed away. He lives with Abuela Claudia, who isn’t actually his grandmother but they are as close as family. Usnavi is in love with Vanessa and remains the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood.

Nina Rosario: (F, 20-30, Latina) 19 year old Nina has just finished her freshman year at Stanford University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camila Rosario. Nina is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She is best friends with Vanessa and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of the Heights.

Kevin Rosario: (M, 40-50, Latino) Hard exterior; baritone. In his forties and owner of Rosario Car and Limousine, Kevin is a husband to Camila and father to Nina. While Kevin was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he immigrated to New York City with Camila. Kevin immediately started working to provide a better life for his newly-arrived family. Is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions.

Camilla Rosario: (F, 40-50, Latina) No-nonsense; strong-willed; Mezzo range. Also in her forties, she is the co-owner of Rosario Car and Limousine with her husband Kevin. Also from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she fell in love with Kevin at 19 and immigrated with him to New York City. She is cool-headed yet keeps a subtle but strong leash on Kevin. Her daughter Nina has just returned for the summer from her first year at Stanford.

Benny: (M, 20-30, Black, White, Asian, MENA, or any other non-Latin) Hardworking, good guy; can be a character actor; Bari-tenor; moves well. Now a 24 year old​ ​cab driver for Rosario Car and Limousine, he once was a street punk and hoodlum, often finding himself in trouble. Kevin saw promise in Benny and helped shape him into a responsible, hard-working young man. Benny has enormous respect for Kevin and sees him as a father figure. Eventually falling in love with Nina, Benny sees a future for them by becoming a businessman. He and Usnavi are best friends.


Vanessa: (F, 20-30, Latina) Strong high belt; great dancer. A 19 year old shampoo girl at Daniela’s Salon, Vanessa is strong, intelligent and grew up with Benny and Usnavi. Though Usnavi would like to be something more than Vanessa’s “friend”, he has never made any attempt. Vanessa dreams of leaving to create her own life away from her alcoholic mother.

Sonny: (M, 20-30, Latino) A strong mover / rap skills. 15 years old and Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny is spending the summer working for Usnavi at the bodega. He usually hangs out on the street with his friend Graffiti Pete but avoids trouble. He is an extremely intelligent young man who strives to emulate Usnavi. Passionate to solve the social and economic problems of the city, he is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk.

Abuela Claudia: (F, 50-60+ Latina) Alto belt - showstopper number. In her late 60’s, she raised Usnavi after his parents passed away and continues to live with him. She emigrated from Cuba when she was very young. Of all the characters, Abuela Claudia has been in the Heights the longest. She struggled to learn English, struggled to find work and in turn has helped others who have followed in her path. She is clearly the matriarch of the neighborhood.​

Daniela: (F, 35-50, Latina) Tough on the surface, compassionate underneath; good belt; good dance.​ ​In her thirties, she is the owner of Daniela’s Salon. Savvy to say the least, she is quick witted, brassy and outspoken. While she retains a motherly relationship with Vanessa, she remains the gossip queen of the neighborhood. No-nonsense, she has built a successful business but is being forced out the neighborhood because of the rent hikes.

Carla: (F, 20-30, Latina) Innocent; good comedienne; strong dance. In her mid-twenties, she is a hairdresser at Daniela’s salon. Born and raised in Queens, she is a pure, sweet, innocent and loving young woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. She and Daniela are best friends.

Graffiti Pete: (M/F/Non-Bi, 20-30, Any ethnicity/Gender) Sings; very strong dancer; acrobatics a plus. An 18-year old graffiti artist and the nemesis of Usnavi, he is always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boombox music, spraying any surface he can. Usnavi is unhappy that Sonny and Graffiti Pete are friends because Graffiti Pete epitomizes everything that Usnavi hopes that Sonny will not grow up to be.

Piragua Guy: (M, 30-50, Latino) Tenor, strong singer, good hearted. In his mid-thirties, he walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas to earn a living. He represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city.


Ensemble: (20-50, Any Ethnicity) Residents of Washington Heights, men and women. Auditions and casting are open to actors from all ethnic groups.

Monday, Apr 1 at 6:00pm
Tuesday, Apr 2 at 6:00pm

(Potential call back date: Wednesday, Apr 3)


Strong singers and dancers aged between 18-60+ All roles listed as Latin/a/o/e/x will be cast with that ethnicity  If you are auditioning for one of the specific principal roles, you are attesting that you are part of that ethnic group.


Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to audition will need a parent or guardian to accompanying them to the audition to sign a permission form.


Those wishing to audition should prepare 32 bars of a song from the show. Accompanist will be provided. There will also be a dance portion so auditioneers should come dressed and ready to move. Cold readings from the script will also take place.


IN THE HEIGHTS Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegría

Performance dates June 7-29, 2024
Directed by Rod Oden
Musical Direction by Jessica Cockroft


The universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.


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