Auditions





Book by: Arthur Laurents
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Music by: Leonard Bernstein
Entire Original Production Directed & Choreographed by: Jerome Robbins

Director: Debora Boyd
Musical Director: Shauna Oblad
Casting Musical Director: Jonathan Tuala
Choreographer: Ashley Oblad

DANCE CALL:
Friday, July 19th: 6pm
Saturday, July 20th: 10am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm
(you can choose to attend either dance call day; but must attend one)
Please bring proper clothing to move in (nothing too baggy please). Women should bring character shoes or heels with a strap, if you have them. Men should bring dance shoes or an athletic shoe you can move in. Contemporary, Con-temporary Jazz, Jazz Funk, Latin Flair, Theatrical Ballet experience is preferred.

VOCAL AUDITIONS are by appointment and will be accepted on or after Monday, 17th June
(Walk-ins may be seen if time permits)
Tuesday, 16th July: 6pm - 10.30pm
Wednesday, 17th July: 6 pm - 10.30pm
Thursday, 18th July: 6pm - 10.30pm

PREPARE MUSIC:
Prepare 16-24 bars of music from “West Side Story" or similar Broadway show (please do not exceed 1 ½ minutes in length). A cappella auditions are highly discouraged. Please bring sheet music; a pianist will be provided. No recorded music please. A BLACK & WHITE headshot and resume are requested.

CALLBACKS: By Invitation Only
Friday, July 23rd – 6pm onwards
Saturday, July 24th - 6pm onwards

AUDITION & REHEARSAL LOCATION:
Signature Productions Warehouse
3640 North Fifth Street Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89032
(Off East Cheyenne at the corner of Gowan and North 5th Street)

VENUE:
Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center
1771 Inner Circle Drive 89134
Theatre has 284 seats

SHOW DATES:
Oct 16th - Nov 16, 2019
Previews: 16th, 17th, 18th Oct
Opening Night: 19th Oct
Shows: 23rd, 24th, 26th (2 SHOWS)
30th , 1st, 2nd (2 SHOWS)
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (2 x Shows)
13th, 14th, 15th, 16th (2 x Shows)
Shows at 7:30pm with four Saturday matinees @ 2pm: Oct 26th, Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th
There will be 22 shows about 2.5 hours in duration with a 1 ½ hour call time.

REHEARSALS:
Script read through will be held on Tuesday, July 30th @ 6.30pm
Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 5th @ 6pm and will take place at the Signature Productions warehouse.
Note: Days/times are determined based on overall cast availability; but are generally weekday evenings after 6pm. Some additional Saturday rehearsals may be scheduled. There will not be rehearsals on Sundays.

COMPENSATION:
We are a non-profit community theatre organization and all of our roles are uncompensated.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love. Their warring factions, however, refuse to back down, and the “rumbles”, romance, and resentment lead the bloody path to the lovers’ ultimate, tragic conclusion With soaring, sophisticated, and diverse melodies, energetic and athletic dance battles, and its remarkably salient social message, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.

All ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition for all roles.

*HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT
Email [email protected] on or after June 17th for an audition appointment. You will receive a reply with-in 24 hours of your request. Please include the following information in your email:

First and Last Name:
Requested Audition Date:
Requested Audition Time:(time slots will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis)
Role (if specific):
Cell phone number (for day of audition or callback updates):
Dance Call Time Preference:

CHARACTER ROLES AND DESCRIPTIONS:

The Sharks – A Puerto Rican gang

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 younger sister. Strong soprano voice. Range: Bb3 - C6. Some dancing.

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. Strong Alto (belt).Range: F3 - D5. Strong dance background required.

BERNARDO
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. Leader of the Sharks. Limited solo singing. Range: Bb2 - Eb4. Strong dance background required.

CHINO
An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo's. Speaking Role. Dancing/Singing required.

PEPE
Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone.

INDIO-
Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Tenor.

LUIS
Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone/Bass.

ROSALIA-
Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright, Mezzo Sop.

OTHER ROLES
Anxious, Nibbles, Juano, Toro and Moose

The Shark Girls

CONSUELA
Tough, young. Pepe’s girlfriend, Alto.

FRANCISCA
Young, Luis’ girlfriend, Soprano.

OTHER ROLES
Teresita, Estella and Marguerita

The Jets – A Caucasian gang

TONY
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. Range: Bb2 - Bb4. Limited dancing.

RIFF
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 singer. Range: Bb2 - G4. Strong dance background required.

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. Speaking Role. Dance role.

DIESEL
Second-in-command of the Jets. Leader after Riff's death. Baritone/Bass.

ACTION
The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Tenor.

A-RAB
Slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John's best friend. Baritone.

BABY JOHN
The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. Tenor.

OTHER ROLES
Big Deal, Gee-Tar, Mouthpiece, Snowboy, Tiger

THE JET GIRLS

Velma: Riff's girlfriend
Graziella: Diesel's girlfriend
Minnie, Clarice and Pauline

The Adults

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 required.

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.

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