Audition Notice: West Side Story

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Directed by Devery Holmes
Produced by Stephanie Harris
Assistant produced by Sarah Ely
Musical Direction by Jim Holmes & Shelley Saxer
Choreographed by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch


Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; May 20th through 22nd, 2018

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA  91361

Performance Dates: 

The show runs Friday, July 20th, 2018, through Sunday, August 19th, 2018. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Beginning Monday, May 28, rehearsals will generally take place at CPT Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10:00pm, and during the day on Saturdays and/or Sundays (TBD) for dance. (Final rehearsal: Thursday, July 19.)

Audition Requirements: 

Please arrive closer to 7:00pm, on your desired date, to fill out paperwork – no need to make an appointment. You will sing first; please choose a selection that is approx. 32 measures long and appropriate for the style of the show – but not from the show itself. An accompanist or CD player will be provided. Next, auditioners will dance – please bring suitable clothes/shoes -- and then read a side (or sides) from the show. All roles are open, and we are looking for ethnic diversity. We’re rooting for you to have a fabulous audition and to have fun!

Plot Summary: 

Come be a part of WEST SIDE STORY, the classic of American musical theatre! Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET is transported to 1950s 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 of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. RATED PG-13

For More Information: 

Please contact Stephanie Harris, Producer, at 805-368-2940, or Devery Holmes, Director, at 818-439-1420.

Character Breakdown: 

Tony – male, lead, to play 18-20 – Polish heritage
The lover heartthrob; vocal range: Tenor to Bb4.

Maria – female, lead, to play 15-17 – Puerto Rican
The lover ingénue; vocal range: Soprano to C6.

Riff – male, to play 18-20
Leader of the Jets; hot tempered, intelligent; dance skills a must; vocal range: sing to G4.

Bernardo – male, Puerto Rican
Maria’s older brother; handsome, proud, has chip on his shoulder; vocal range: must sing to Eb4; must dance -- prefer 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

Anita – female, Puerto Rican
Bernardo’s girl; fiery attitude with a knowing sexuality; vocal range: sing to D5; must dance well.

Anybodys - female, to play 15 or younger
Big energy tomboy who wants to be a Jet.

Chino – male, Puerto Rican
Bernardo’s friend and a suitor of Maria’s; nice guy who turns vengeful; must dance -- prefer 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

Rosalia – female, Puerto Rican
A Shark girl who sings the praises of Puerto Rico; vocal range: Soprano; must dance -- prefer 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

Diesel – male, to play 18-20
Lieutenant to Riff; big, slow, steady; vocal range: Baritone.

The Jets – male, to play 15-20
Action, A-Rab, Baby John, Big Deal, Gee-Tar, Mouthpiece, Snowboy, and Tiger – local “American” gang looking to keep their turf. Open vocal ranges; must dance – minimum 2 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

The Sharks – male, to play 15-22
Indio, Luis, Anxious, Nibbles, Pepe, Juano, Toro, and Moose – local Puerto Rican gang looking to earn their way. Open vocal ranges; lots of dance – prefer a minimum of 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

The Jets’ Girls – female, to play 15-20
Graziella, Velma, Minnie, Clarice, and Pauline – open vocal ranges; must dance – prefer a minimum of 2 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

The Sharks’ Girls – female, to play 15-22
Consuelo, Teresita, Francisca, Estella, and Margarita – open vocal ranges; must dance – prefer a minimum of 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

Featured Dancers – male and female
We are looking for a few prime dancers for some features spots in the “Dream” and other numbers. Prefer a minimum of 3 years of Jazz, Ballet a plus.

Non-Singing Adults – don’t need to dance; just move well. (Will be excused from the dance and singing auditions.)
+ Doc – male, age 40-60. Drugstore owner and good guy who looks out for the kids.
+ Lt. Schrank – male, age 30-50. The plain-clothes city cop who pits the Jets against the Sharks. Powerful presence. He represents the system of government/corporate-controlled white America.
+ Officer Krupke – male, age 22-50. The uniformed police officer. Needs good comedic timing; open ethnicity.
+ Glad Hand – male, age 25-55. The school dance announcer. A real square; good comedic timing.