The Performing Arts program is thrilled to announce that the fall 2018 production with be In the Heights, Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning Broadway hit.

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In the Heights will be the culmination of PA/ART 391 Production, a 3 unit course open to all majors. Current students interested in auditioning for performing roles should sign up online by clicking below:

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Interviews will be scheduled individually for behind the scenes roles:

  • technical crew
  • design team
  • social media publicity team
  • dramaturgy/research team

Students interested in interviewing, or people who are not currently CI students but will be enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester, should contact the Director and co-instructor, Catherine Burriss at, to schedule interviews or sign up for auditions.

Audition calls dates and times are as follows:

Actors/singers should sign up for BOTH 

Acting/Singing Call (10-30 minutes)

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song that showcases your strengths. You may accompany yourself, sing a cappella, or bring a music file to be played on a device with a 1/8 inch headphone jack.

Mon. 5/7 4:30-6PM Malibu 140 (5 minute intervals)
Tues. 5/8 6-9PM Malibu 100 (5 minute intervals)


Movement Call (45-60 minutes)

Please come dressed to move in comfortable clothing and shoes.

Mon. 5/7 4:30-5:15PM Malibu 120
Tues. 5/8 6PM or 8PM Malibu 140

Dancers should sign up for

Dance Call (45-60 minutes)

Please come dressed in clothes you can move in and tennis shoes/sneakers.

Mon. 5/7 5:15-6PM Malibu 120
Tues. 5/8 8-9PM Malibu 120
Weds. 5/9 3PM or 3:45PM Malibu 120

Callbacks will be announced for similar times Wednesday May 9 through Friday May 11.

More about In the Heights

An ensemble show set on one vibrant block of the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, In the Heights features interwoven stories about a variety of characters living or working on the block, ranging from “Abuela Claudia”--a Cuban immigrant who acts as everyone’s grandma, and who took in the owner of the block’s bodega, Usnavi, when his parents died in his childhood--to Carla, an employee at Daniela’s “Salon Unisex” who describes her identity like this: “My mom is Dominican-Cuban / My dad is from Chile and P.R. which means: / I’m Chile-Domini-Curican... / But I always say I’m from Queens!”

The most notable character for CI’s community is Nina, a first generation Latina college student who has just returned home for the summer. Her revelation that she dropped out of university because she had to work too much to pass her classes throws the tight-knit community into upheaval and drives the plot of the show.

In The Heights won four Tony awards--Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009. Written by Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights is an important part of the American Musical Theatre canon and a turning point for its use of rap and other popular music genres.