Muse Productions have finalised casting for the upcoming production of the musical “In the Heights”. Following an intensive audition process over 30 performers auditioned for the 12 roles, some even sending video and audio auditions as they could not attend in person.
The audition panel made up of director Martin McNelis, choreographer Pam McGlynn and musical director Mary Rose McNally, assisted by Ted Germaine and Edina Erdei, were looking for acting through song and an ability to perform physically as well as vocally, as this show contains far less dialogue than music.
A strong focus was given to nurturing local talent and attempting to build the group, while also providing a platform to stalwart members who have significantly contributed to the group.
The cast contains some great family connections with the husband and wife team Aodan Fox and Anna Maria Barrett who will play the Rosario family, and both of their children also in the ensemble.
Recently married Lauren and Eoghan Rice will play the onstage couple Usnavi and Vanessa while members of the McNelis family take the roles of Daniela, Nina and Graffiti Pete, and cousins Tom Barrett and Hazel Park play Benny and Carla.
Muse is delighted to welcome newcomer Cillian Fahy, fresh from Eclipse Stage School, to play the part of Sonny. Rounding out the cast are award-winning actress Edel McFadden as Abuela Claudia and Shannon stalwart Gary Loughnane as the Piragua Guy.
“In the Heights” will run from Nov 1st to 3rd in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School. Rehearsals will begin in late August.