IN THE HEIGHTS
High School – College
Seeking Latinx and PoC performers for principle roles. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Be a part of Lin- Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed Tony-Award winning show this summer!
In the Heights tells the UNIVERSAL story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, 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.
Auditions May 15 & 16
Rehearsals: June – July 20-Black Box Theatre & Studio E
(Rehearsal Schedule Format, TBD; flexible scheduling for working/summer school students)
Tech Week: July 20-25; 12-10pm; Madden Theatre
Performances: July 26, 27, 28: Madden Theatre, North Central College
Costume Fee: $50
Scholarship applications will be made available at auditions; tuition payments due after casting. Payment plans may be set up through our SPA Business Office.
DIRECTOR: BRANDON PISANO
Brandon is thrilled to have the opportunity to direct In The Heights at SPA! Since graduating from Elmhurst College with a BA in Musical Theatre, Brandon has taught young actor workshops and directed The Lion King Jr. with Elmhurst Children’s Theatre, choreographed Young Frankenstein(Fremd High School) and All Shook Up(Palatine High School), and worked on the Regarding Actors workshop staff for two years. His latest performance credits include: The Producers(Ensemble) at The Paramount Theatre, South Pacific(Ensemble) at Drury Lane Theatre, The Polar Express Train Ride in Chicago(Ensemble), and The Bridges of Madison County(Michael) at BrightSide Theatre. Brandon is represented by talent agency, Shirley Hamilton. He would like to thank everyone at SPA for bringing him on board for this production!
MUSIC DIRECTOR: JOSE GUADALUPE FLORES
José Guadalupe Flores is a full time musician, performer, and music director based out of Chicago. José's love for theatre was ignited when he starred as the Nutcracker for a children's company in Miami Florida at the tender age of 9. Ever since, José has been focusing his dramatic zeal into musical performance, composition, and direction. After a successful internship with the Elmhurst College production of Addams Family by Andrew Lippa, he signed his first contract to music direct The Boyfriend by Sandy Wilson. Since then he has worked on Sugar by Jule Styne and Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. José's passion is curating electric and inspiring performances. He is thrilled to be part of the production team for this summer's production of In The Heights!
CHOREOGRAPHER: ANDY LAWSON
Andy Lawson holds a BFA in Dance from Chapman University in Orange, California, where he was instructed by Jennifer Backhaus, Laurence Rosenberg, Dale Merrill, Sean Greene, Holly Johnston, and Liz Maxwell. His training also includes summer studies through programs at Hubbard Street, American Ballet Theatre, Backhausdance and San Francisco Ballet. Lawson performed with Gallimaufry Performing Arts under the direction of Steve Josephson as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and has also performed in California as a guest artist with Anaheim Ballet, BARE Dance Company, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy and Maple Conservatory, working with distinguished artists Mike Esperanza, Sean Greene, Mark Haim, Jennifer Backhaus, among others. Lawson’s previous company credits include: Clairobiscur, BackhausDance, and Hubbard Street 2. In January of 2017, Backhaus Dance partnered with the McCallum Theatre Institute to bring modern dance and classical music into local schools in Palm Desert California. Lawson has recently moved to Chicago, IL. During his time with Hubbard Street 2 under the direction of Terence Marling, Lawson participated in the creations of new works by Peter Chu and Alice Klock. During his time in Hubbard Street 2, Lawson participated in several community outreach programs that brought contemporary dance to local Chicago elementary schools, teaching students about the importance of dance as an art form, sharing insights behind the creative process, and allowing students to participate in contemporary improvisation.