IN THE HEIGHTS

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

28th March 2021  - (Re-) Taster Day

18th April 2021  - Optional Audition Workshop/Auditions

16th May 2021  - Workshop 1

13th June 2021 - Workshop 2

11th July 2021 - Workshop 3

7th August 2021 till 15th August 2021 - YOBOS week

STORY

Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights, we encounter the many colorful residents of Washington Heights -- a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses.

 

As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. Over the course of the show, we see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever.

 

This revolutionary new musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew

THE CHARACTERS

USNAVI DE LA VEGA

Youthful, awkward, sincere Dominican owner of a convenience store. Urban, articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the local salon beauty. Not a “cool stud.” Narrator. SINGS, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES

 

SONNY

Young, smart-alecky, wise and dry cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican, has big plans for himself and his neighborhood. Great comedy chops. SINGS UPPER RANGE, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES

 

NINA ROSARIO

Fresh, smart college student. Brave and strong girl, but has to tell her parents that she quit school months ago. Emotional and conflicted, but still the “star” of the neighborhood. Demanding role, lots of singing. VERY STRONG SINGER, DANCES, STRONG ACTRESS

 

VANESSA

Beautiful, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. STRONG BELT SINGER, STRONG DANCER

 

BENNY

Strong, smart, masculine worker at the Rosario Taxi dispatch. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the “boss’s daughter.” VERY STRONG SINGER, GOOD DANCER, STRONG ACTOR/RAPPER

 

ABUELA CLAUDIA

Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban elderly matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise character with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and story-teller. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS

 

KEVIN ROSARIO

Father to Nina. Owns and runs a taxi dispatch with his wife, Camila. Traditional, hard-working father, over-protective, loving, but also has a temper. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTOR

 

CAMILA ROSARIO

The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills and business, but usually holds her tongue in the presence of her husband. Dynamic woman, with a powerful voice and presence that gets unleashed when she’s had “ENOUGH”!!! STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS

 

DANIELA

Sassy owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a tough exterior, but enjoys being “The Boss.” Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx. Great comedy chops and timing. VERY STRONG SINGER, STRONG COMIC ACTRESS

 

CARLA

Bubbly, funny, side-kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salon trio. Good at playing “dizzy or bird-brained.” STRONG SINGER, GOOD AT COMEDY

 

GRAFFITI PETE

Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He doesn’t see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Need an excellent hip-hop or break dancer. VERY STRONG DANCER, RAPS WELL

 

PIRAGUA GUY

The town-crier. Sells shaved ice from a cart, has a soaring tenor voice, reflects on how the people in the neighborhood “keep scraping by.” Charismatic and important role. SINGS VERY WELL, DANCES SOME

 

MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS

Interesting, diverse and well-rounded people of the community. As important as any of the principals, these people have stories of their own. Lots of acting, singing and modern dance!

BACKSTAGE OPPORTUNITIES

YOBOS isn't just for performers! We have a whole host of young talent behind the scenes as well. YOBOS is proud to be a group for young people, by young people.

 

We have places open for anyone who wishes to be involved in our shows, but not necessarily on the stage. These roles include:

  • Lighting

  • Sound

  • Backstage Management

  • Band Members

  • Set Design

  • Hair

  • Makeup

  • Costume

  • Publicity

  • Front of House

  • Production Assistant

  • Anything else YOU can think of!

If this appeals to you, then please come along to one of our events to speak to us. You can also  contact us on Facebook, or email us!

YOBOS WEEK

YOBOS week is what all the workshops have been leading up to! One week to put on a fully staged, fully costumed and fully orchestrated musical. Throughout the week, the cast will learn the direction, choreography and music whilst helping our backstage members with building the set, preparing props and anything else that goes into making a musical!

 

 

WYKHAM THEATRE

YOBOS week takes place at Wykham Theatre at Banbury Academy. With over 200 seats, a fully operational lighting rig and a large stage, Wykham Theatre has been YOBOS home since the groups creation! 

 

 

YOBOS WEEK BREAKDOWN

THE 2021 'IN THE HEIGHTS' YOBOS WEEK RUNS FROM 7TH AUGUST 2021 - 15TH AUGUST 2021

Saturday 7th Aug - 10am till 6.00pm

Sunday 8th Aug - 10am till 6.00pm

Monday 9th Aug - 10am till 6.00pm

Tuesday 10th Aug - 10am till 6.00pm

Wednesday 11th Aug - 10am till 6.00pm

Thursday 12th Aug - 10am till 10.30pm - At 5pm all YOBOS members will receive a pizza for tea. At 6pm, the cast will get into costume and makeup and begin a dress rehearsal at 7.30pm

Friday 13th Aug - 10am till 10.30pm - Throughout the day, we will prepare for the show. At 6pm, the cast will get into costume and makeup and begin the show at 7.30pm

Saturday 14th Aug - 12pm till 10.30pm - YOBOS members will arrive midday and get into costume and makeup. They will then perform their matinee show at 2.30pm. After the show, they will have a break and then prepare for their final show at 7.30pm

Sunday 15th Aug - 12.00pm till 6.00pm - YOBOS members will clear the hall and takedown all set. Once this is done, the production team will thank those who were involved and give out gifts. They will then announce next year's show! After this, we will have a BBQ to celebrate and play some games! 

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