Title of Show: My Heart Says Go 


A celebration of risk-taking and the power of persistence, MY HEART SAYS GO follows a first generation college student named Indigo, who defies his father, and drops out of medical school to pursue his dream of becoming a singer-songwriter. He’s accompanied on his journey by a new friend Clara, who has her own struggles at home. By the end, Indigo and his father find a new respect and understanding for one another, while Clara experiences a tragic loss that allows her to see the importance of family and human connection. MY HEART SAYS GO is a celebratory anthem for the next generation while serving as a guide for parents on how to embrace their children chasing their own dreams. This new pop musical is about listening to your heart, overcoming obstacles, and never giving up on those you love.

Music and lyrics by Jorge “Jay” Rivera-Herrans
Book by Matt Hawkins
Inspired by an original story by Jorge “Jay” Rivera-Herrans (star of Civic’s In The Heights)
Produced by the South Bend Civic Theatre in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame

Director: Matt Hawkins, Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Notre Dame




Saturday, January 21 @ 12-3 pm
By appointment: Once you have submitted the audition form, the Directing team will reach out directly to you to confirm a time slot within the 12-3pm time-period.

South Bend Civic Theater
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601


February 27 – April 13
Monday – Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm
Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm


Tech Dates are TBD April 1-10 (NO TECH EASTER WEEKEND APRIL 7, 8, AND 9)


  • Friday, April 14 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 16 at 2:00pm
  • Thursday, April 20 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 23 at 2:00pm
  • School Shows
    • Morning performances on April 24 and 25.

What To Prepare


Additional Information

  • Auditioners only must attend one night of auditions, not both


When considering roles you’d like to audition for, be aware that many roles are flexible in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity. 


INDIGO, first generation college student (Drops out of med school to pursue music. He understands the science and math when constructing a song but struggles to find his own artistic voice. He has a passion for music but doesn’t really know why. He never knew his mother.) 


ELI, Indigo’s father (Working class single dad who works two jobs to put his son through med school. He never went to college and will do anything for his son to be successful. He has never processed the death of his late wife.)


CLARA, high school dropout (she makes her own clothes by sewing different garments together. The stitching is on the outside, making her outfits look like Frankenstein’s monster. She loves chaos but lacks direction.)


CAROL, Clara’s mother (At the age of fourteen, she gave birth to Clara. She has struggled with addiction throughout her entire life. She doesn’t know how to be loved and therefore doesn’t know how to love.)


TIMMY, video gamer who lives with his mom (Will do anything to get as many online followers as possible. He struggles with adulting but succeeds at World of Warcraft)


ROB, single dad trying to get ahead (A failed musician who is past his prime and only sees his son on the weekends)


CONDUCTOR, of the train to L.A. (Having experienced her own loss, she is able to to give sage advice to young people trying to pursue their dreams)


DR. WILSON, clinical professor of a prestigious teaching hospital (Has a big heart but is also very hard on students)


ENSEMBLE (crowds, people on the street, etc) and:


BREE, an aspiring model


GRACE, an aspiring D.J.


CHANCE, an aspiring dancer


TUCK, an aspiring actor


Questions? Reach out to the director!