WHAT WE’RE SEEKING
West Side Story features 10 roles for men and women and requires a large ensemble of experienced singers and dancers. A handful of non-singing and non-dancing adult male roles are available as well as non-singing male and female dancing roles.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet written by Arthur Laurent with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
The production opens at the Landers on Friday, January 19 and runs through Sunday, February 4.
Lorianne Dunn will direct and choreograph the production with music direction by Susan Gravatt.
Monday or Tuesday, October 30 or 31 at 7pm
Wednesday, November 1 at 6pm
WHAT TO PREPARE
Auditioners should prepare a one-minute vocal selection and bring sheet music; an accompanist is provided. Arrive ready to dance. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Dancers will be led through a dance combination.
AUDITION PREP WORKSHOP
Monday or Tuesday, October 23 or 24 from 7pm-9pm
Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to run their vocal selection with an accompanist, learn the movement combination, tackle cold readings from the script, and receive feedback. The workshop costs $20; preregistration is preferred or you may pay at the door. Please click here for more information.
Rehearsals are held Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. An official schedule will be issued after casting.
All auditioning must be available for every performance without exception. Promotional appearances and performances are scheduled based on cast availability.
Thursday, January 18 at 7:30pm (Preview Night)
Riff | Male | 25-30 | Bb2-G4
A spritely, quick-tempered leader. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang’s dominance. Tony’s best friend, he is eventually murdered by Bernardo.
Tony | Male | 25-30 | Bb2-Bb4
A romantic young man and former leader of the Jets, he has found a new lifestyle now. Tony finds himself violently torn between his friendships and love. Falls in love to Maria and meets an untimely death. Genuinely sweet and sincere.
Bernardo | Male | 25-30 | Bb2-Eb4
A proud, strong, handsome Puerto Rican man. Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for he and his friends. Maria’s brother and Anita’s boyfriend. Leader of the Sharks.
Maria | Female | 18-21 | Bb3-C6
A hopeless romantic and innocent young girl. She falls in love with Tony and finds herself at the center of the violent conflict between the two gangs. Bernardo’s sister. Puerto Rican.
Anita | Female | 25-30 | F3-D5
Feisty and assertive. She dispenses “older sister” advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s friend. Puerto Rican.
Chino | Male | 25-30
An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s.
Anybodys | Female | 15-25
A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets. The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart.
Doc | Male | 60-75
The owner of the candy store where the Jets hang out. He tries to guide the Jets youthful angst and provides a safe haven for Tony. Old fashioned and wise in his ways.
Schrank | Male | 40-55
A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.
Krupke | Male | 30-60
The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.
Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls.