WEST SIDE STORY will be directed by Tommy Lueck, music directed by Mark Mrozek, and choreographed by Reggie Kuschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed below with 32-bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes and jazz shoes (if you have them) for the dance audition, as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.
Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions. This may be done the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – WEST SIDE STORY. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
Auditions: May 11-12, 2020 7:00 pm
Callbacks: May 14 (if necessary)
Rehearsals: May 18 – July 15, 2020
Performances: July 16 – August 9, 2020
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Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit.
Box Office hours are Tuesday 1 – 7 pm
Wednesday – Friday 1 – 5 pm & Saturday 1 – 4 pm
Contact Ann Mather at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-782-4431 ext. 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:00 pm for auditions.
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 Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate and prejudice is one of the most innovative and relevant musical dramas of our time.
BERNARDO (Range Bb2- Eb4) A proud, strong, handsome man. Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for him and his friends. Maria’s brother and Anita’s boyfriend, he is the leader of the Sharks. There will be limited solo singing. Strong dance background required.
CHINO An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. He is a suitor to Maria and a friend of Bernardo’s.
PEPE (Baritone) Gang member. Dancing/Singing required.
INDIO (Tenor) Gang member. Dancing/Singing required.
LUIS (Baritone/Bass) A Gang member. Dancing/Singing required.
TONY (Range: Bb2- Bb4) A romantic young man and former leader of the Jets, he has found a new lifestyle now that doesn’t involve gangs. Tony finds himself violently torn between his friendships and love. Falls in love with Maria and meets an unfortunate death. Genuinely sweet and sincere. Strong tenor voice. Limited dancing.
RIFF (Range Bb2- G4) An athletic, quick tempered leader of the Jets. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang’s dominance. Tony’s best friend, he is eventually murdered by Bernardo. Strong dance background required.
ANYBODY’S 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.
DIESEL (Baritone/Bass) Second-in-command of the Jets. He becomes the leader after Riff’s death.
ACTION (Tenor) The most quick¬tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight.
A-RAB (Baritone) Slightly less quick-tempered than Action. Baby John’s best friend.
BABY JOHN (Tenor) The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence.
OFFICER KRUPKE The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs’ conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them. A little dorky, he is regularly mocked by the local gangs. Speaking role. No dance background.
DETECTIVE SCHRANK A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, racist, and unapologetic. Speaking role. No dance background.
DOC The adult owner of the 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. Speaking role. No dance background.
GLAD HAND Nerdy, overly cheerful, and ill-equipped social director at the school dance (“Mambo”). Speaking role. No Dance background
MARIA A (Range Bb3-C6) 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 younger sister. Strong soprano voice, some dancing.
ANITA (Range 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. Strong Alto (belt). Strong dance background required.
ROSALIA (Mezzo Sop.) Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright.
CONSUELA (Alto) Tough, young. Pepe’s girlfriend.
FRANSISCA (Soprano) Young, Luis’ girlfriend.