West Side Story – Auditions

West Side Story

WEST SIDE STORY

Directed & Musical Direction by Walter A. Webster
Choreographed by Kaitlin Davis

Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS
Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

The world’s greatest love story, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the ‘Puerto Rican’ Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world filled with hate, violence and prejudice is one of this country’s most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the greatest American musicals ever written for the Broadway stage.

AUDITION DATES:

Monday, May 18th, 2020 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
(Walk-ins will be accepted and seen between appointments.)

CALLBACK DATES:

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 – 6 pm – 9 pm (if necessary)

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, August 7th, 2020 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 8th, 2020 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 – 3 pm
Thursday, August 13th, 2020 – 7:30 pm
Friday, August 14th, 2020 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 15th, 2020 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 16th, 2020 – 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for the musical WEST SIDE STORY. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Monday, May 18th, 2020 from 6 pm – 9 pm or Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 from 6 pm – 9 pm for auditions. The Levoy Theatre is located on 130 N. High St., Millville, NJ. You must be 15 years old or older to audition for this production.

AUDITION INFO:

Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a song in the style for the show. Please do NOT sing a song from WEST SIDE STORY. Dance experience is a plus but not a necessity.

An accompanist will be provided. Please provide piano sheet music for our accompanist. If needed, you can also bring an audio file with NO background vocals on an iPod or phone. An auxiliary speaker will be provided. NO acappella auditions will be allowed. You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EAAAE2AA3FB6-west

Walk-ins will be seen between appointments. This is a non-equity, non-paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals will begin in late May. Rehearsals will typically be held on Sundays from 2 pm – 6 pm, Mondays from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and Saturdays in the morning. Rehearsals may be held on other days of the week as needed. Tech week will run from Saturday, August 1st through Thursday, August 6th, 2020. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Rehearsals will be scheduled to suit cast availability. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

RIFF: 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. 25 to 30, Voice range: Bb2 – G4.

TONY: 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. 25 to 30. Voice range: Bb2 – Bb4.

BERNARDO:
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. 25 to 35. Voice range: Bb2 – Eb4.

MARIA:
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. 18 to 21. Voice range: Bb3 – C6.

ANITA:
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. 25 to 30. Voice range: F3 – D5.

CHINO:
An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s. 20 to 25.

ANYBODYS:
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. 15 to 25.

DOC:
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. 60 to 75.

SCHRANK:
A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic. 40 to 55.

KRUPKE:
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. 30 to 60.

ENSEMBLE:
Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls

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