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.

Director: JOSEPH C. WALSH


NON-PAID. NO transportation or housing provided. EMC points are not available for Stage 2 productions. Actors cast may be given special consideration for future WPPAC Mainstage productions.


Rehearsals Begin: Saturday, June 24
Production Rehearses: Weekday Evenings and Weekend Days – specific times and dates TBD
Technical Rehearsals: Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23 (10 out of 12), July 24-27 evenings
Performance Run: July 28-30 and August 4-6

ABOUT STAGE 2

Created in 2014, STAGE 2 bridges the gap between the WPPAC Conservatory and Mainstage, giving college and community performers the opportunity to work in a regional theatre under the guidance of professional artists. While geared for those in college, any 18+ non-union actors are invited to audition. Exceptionally talented, rising high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age will also be considered.

AUDITION DATES & TIMES

Non-Equity Performer Auditions by APPOINTMENT:

Tuesday • May 30, 2017

5 PM – 10 PM at WPPAC in White Plains, NY

  • 5 PM -6:00 PM – Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dance Call 1 (Full hour)
  • 7:00 PM – 8 PM – Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)
  • 8 PM – 9 PM – Dance Call 2 (Full hour)
  • 9 PM – 10 PM Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)

Non-Equity Performer Auditions by APPOINTMENT:

Thursday • June 1, 2017

5 PM – 10 PM at Arts Westchester in White Plains, NY (31 Mamaroneck Avenue | White Plains, NY 10601)

  • 5 PM -6:00 PM – Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dance Call 1 (Full hour)
  • 7:00 PM – 8 PM – Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)
  • 8 PM – 9 PM – Dance Call 2 (Full hour)
  • 9 PM – 10 PM Vocal Auditions (5-minute appointments)

We will be alternating vocal auditions with dance calls. Everyone will be asked to both sing and participate in a dance call. Please see all appointment-making & preparation instructions below.

SEEKING

All roles are open/available – We are seeking a non-union, MULTI-ETHNIC cast of men and women to play principal and ensemble roles. ALL ETHNIC AND BODY TYPES WELCOME. Looking for strong actors, exceptional singers, and great dancers who have voices with passion, power and range, who move extremely well. All types and singing ranges encouraged to attend.

Please see CHARACTER BREAKDOWN below for more information.

SYNOPSIS

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

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 of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Highlighting the talents of an ensemble cast, West Side Story has found popularity in professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway’s finest, its songs a part of the nation’s musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers.

APPOINTMENT-MAKING INSTRUCTIONS

For a 5-minute vocal audition and 1 hour dance call slot, (on 5/30 or 6/1), please e-mail auditions@wppac.com or call 914-328-1600 (M-F, 11-5 pm) for an appointment. When booking the appointment, please include name, phone #, date and approximate time you’d like to audition and current university, if applicable. If under 18, please also include contact information for a parent or guardian. Performers without appointments will be seen as time permits. Once you have been given an appointment time, it will be confirmed by email along with very detailed driving and mass transit directions using Metro-North from Grand Central.

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please prepare a brief vocal selection (approximately 32 bars) in the style of the show that shows you off well. Must bring sheet music in the correct key. A piano accompanist will be provided but will not transpose. Charts are NOT acceptable, NO cd’s and NO unaccompanied singing.

Please bring a picture & resume, stapled back-to-back.

CALLBACKS

Saturday, June 3rd. Callbacks are by invitation ONLY. Performers will be notified by email if they are expected to return for callbacks. Sides and music will be distributed before and at callbacks.

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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Chino
An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s.
Gender: Male

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.
Gender: Female

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.
Gender: Male

Schrank
A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.
Gender: Male

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.
Gender: Male

Ensemble
Jets, Sharks, Jets’ Girls, Sharks’ Girls – Strong singers and dancers of all ethnicities and body types needed.
Gender: Male & Female
Vocal Range: All