AUDITIONS FOR WEST SIDE STORY
Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi will be holding two evenings of initial auditions for their upcoming production of West Side Story, opening March 3, 2018 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, performing weekends through April 8. All roles are open for this production.
Auditions are by appointment only and can be made by emailing the producer at: email@example.com.
If you are unable to commit to all performances please do not make an appointment.
WHEN AND WHERE
Auditons will be held January 9th and 10th from 7-10 pm in the MPR on the corner of School St. and Deodora at ARTS Cultural Enrichment Center, 2956 School St., Simi Valley 93065. The initial round of auditions will be singing and dance. For non-singing roles please prepare a one-minute monologue of choice. Singers/dancers please bring 16-32 bars of sheet music from a musical of a similar genre or by the same composer(s) and appropriate dance attire/shoes. Callbacks are on Saturday, January 13 from 11am-2pm at the same location.
WEST SIDE STORY CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
We are looking for a diverse group of cast members who, on stage read age-wise from late teens to mid- 20's
Handsome, older youth, who has outgrown the Jets; Tenor. Bb2-Bb4
Lovely, young, and obedient immigrant Puerto Rican girl, excited and enthusiastic about her new life in America, but with stubborn inner strength that allows her to evolve into a strong woman; soprano. Bb3-C6
Glowing, driving, intelligent, slightly wacky leader of the Jets; tenor. Bb2-G4
Lieutenant to Riff, big, slow, steady; baritone.
Youngest member of the Jets, awed at everything, vulnerable; baritone.
Small of stature, takes nothing seriously, unaware, can be explosive; baritone.
Most aggressive member of the Jets, a cat-like ball of fury; baritone.
Bespectacled, self-styled expert; baritone.
Big Deal, Gee-tar, Mouthpiece, Tiger; ranging from tenor to baritone
A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets, who mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart. Must be a solid dancer
Riff's girlfriend, desirable and hip
Girlfriend of Diesel, impressed with herself.
Minnie, Clarice, Pauline. All dancers
Handsome, proud, fluid leader of the Sharks, with a sardonic chip on his shoulder; baritone.
Shy, gentle, sweet-faced young boy, the intended husband of Maria; baritone.
Lieutenant to Bernardo, typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone.
Indio, Luis, Juano, Toro, Anxious, Nibbles, and Moose; baritone.
Bernardo's girlfriend, older (20's) and wiser in the ways of the world, flashy, sharp-tongued, and with a knowing sexuality; alto/mezzo-soprano. F3-D5
Young Puerto Rican girl, more demure, simple; mezzo-soprano. Sings solo in "America".
Tough, young Puerto Rican girl with bleach blond hair and lots of baubles; mezzo-soprano.
Francisca, Teresita, Margarita, Estella: All dancers
Older male, drug store owner, tired and worn out. Non singing.
Male 30'-50. Plainclothes policeman, superficially pleasant to cover his venom, fear, and bigotry. Non singing
Male. 30's-40's. A not-too-bright street cop. Non singing.
Glad Hand Male. 40's-50. Nerdy, overly cheerful and ill-equipped social director at the local gym dance. Non singing.
ChildrenWe will also be casting six to eight children between the ages of 10-12 as the young siblings of the Sharks and Jets. All children auditioning for ensemble must have a prerequisite of at least two years stage experience plus dance and vocal training.