Rent School Edition Audition Instructions

AUDITIONS (by appointment only):

  • Sunday, October 1, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Monday, October 2, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

For an audition appointment, please review Commitment Calendar and instructions below, then complete the online Audition Registration Form. You will receive an email/call with your appointment time.  

CALLBACKS (if called):

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 - 8:00PM

Conflicts with callbacks may be accommodated if we know in advance.  Please list conflicts completely in the registration form. 


Please review the Character Breakdown.  Calling Singers, Dancers, Actors in Grades 8 - 12 -- serious performers willing to work as part of a team to share their talents, refine their skills, and create a high quality show.  Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  Please consider your commitment to the show prior to your audition, as we obviously can’t promise lead roles to everyone.  Every role, ensemble included, will be exciting and fun, as well as a valuable experience.  






  • 16-32 bars from two contrasting songs (one upbeat, one ballad) that are comparable to the style of Rent.  Songs should showcase your vocal range and demonstrate your ability to show character through song.  Be prepared to sing each entire song if asked. Please do not prepare a song from Rent.

How to Prepare Your Accompaniment Music for auditions:  

Sheet music is available in local music stores and online — or for example).  

If copied, hole-punch the music and put in a binder.  The music should be on the front and back of each page.  

If only printed on one side, tape the pages together so they are back-to-back or put them back to back in a non-glare sleeve.  

If music is bound, it should lay flat when open.

It should probably go without saying, but accompaniment music should show the piano accompaniment part (i.e., a vocal-only score is not sufficient).

You will be asked to read a scene — no preparation needed. 




  • A headshot or school picture, which will not be returned

  • A resume, if available

  • Shoes and appropriate clothes to dance in (no flip flops, crocs, etc.) — you will be taught a short dance combination to be performed in a group.

  • Sheet music (not CD’s) for your audition song in the the key in which you will sing (see “How to Prepare Your Accompaniment Music” above).  An accompanist will be provided (“a cappella” audition songs will not be accepted).

If you have questions about what to prepare or what to expect at the audition, don’t hesitate to email or call us.



Dates vary — see Calendar View of Commitment (you may not be called for all rehearsals and may only be called for a portion of a rehearsal).  



  • December 8, 7:30pm

  • December 9, 2:00pm

  • December 9, 7:30pm

  • December 10, 2:00pm



  • $321 Commitment Fee for musical theatre training to develop your talent in singing, movement, and character development in a supportive, nurturing environment culminating in full performances.  No ad fee required.  Includes a costuming fee.  10% discount for siblings.  A limited amount of partial tuition assistance available.

  • Attend all rehearsals to which you are called.

  • Families are asked to contribute volunteer hours in a variety of production areas to help make the show a success. 


Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition 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, it 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, Rent School Edition 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.  Rated PG-13.


Directed by Erin McKenna Arvizzigno

Choreographed by Mandy Hassett

Music Directed by Susan Dantoni

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson



Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at:  

STAGES 875 E. Main Street

Third Floor, Auditorium Center

Rochester, NY 14605

Parking located behind the building (enter from College Ave).  Tell the attendant you are  attending a Stages’ audition.



585-935-7173 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or email


Hope to see you at the audition!