In The Heights | 38th Annual Teen Summer Musical

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Musical Direction by Zachary Spencer

Conducted by Susan Treworgy-Calkins | Directed and Choreographed by Mayme Paul

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Young Artists Ensemble holds auditions for its Teen Summer Musical production of In the Heights directed by Mayme Paul at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.  Auditions are held by appointment only on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, with slots available at 9:00am and 1:00pm on both days.    Actors must prepare a 1 minute song and bring sheet music in their key.  An accompanist will be provided.  No a cappella or recorded accompaniment is allowed and contemporary musical theatre music is preferred. The audition will also include cold reading from the script and dancing and will last 3 hours and 45 minutes. 

Callbacks will be held Monday, June 4 from 5-11pm.  Performances are July 27 – August 5, 2018 at the Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center. All participants must be at least 13 years old and not yet 20 years old by August 5, 2018.  Character descriptions and an FAQ is available at    Rehearsals are held Monday-Friday 5:30-10:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm. 

  All cast and parents must attend a mandatory welcome meeting on Wednesday, June 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  If cast, there is a $180 participation fee.  Financial Assistance is available. Call (805) 381-2747 or visit if you have any questions. 

Orchestra auditions will be held Saturday from 10am to 5pm at Hillcrest Center for the Arts and are available in 15 minute time slots.  Musicians are needed who play flute/piccolo, trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboard, bass and percussion.  Musicians can be no older than 19 years old. There is no participation fee for those selected for the orchestra; however, musicians and parents must attend a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, June 6 from 6:00 to 7:30.  Orchestra rehearsal times are posted on the web site.

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. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. (        

Director & Choreographer Mayme Paul has been fortunate to have a long career performing, teaching, directing and choreographing with over one hundred credits on her resume. She has performed on Broadway, on National Tours, and in Regional Theatre Productions, and has directed shows all over the United States.  Previously at YAE, she worked on productions of Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Cabaret and Chicago (for which she won Outstanding Director by The National Youth Arts Organization).  In addition to musicals, she has choreographed commercials and the hit TV show Northern Exposure.  She owned and operated a children’s theater company, Gypsy Productions.

Premium tickets for In The Heights are $23 Premium seats are $21 for adults and $17 for children, students and seniors. Super Discount Friday Performance (Friday, August 3 at 7:30pm) are $15 for all tickets.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or at  There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance (all group sales are final). Call (805) 381-2747 or visit if you have any questions. 

Young Artists Ensemble has received many accolades in the past 36 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts, and Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts.  Most recently, it received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions including nine wins for the teen summer musical. 

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