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"West Side Story" Auditions-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1604708
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 11-04-19
Audition Date 05-11-20 Submission deadline 05-10-20
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
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.


Preparation:
- 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.

Role # 1 Bernardo
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. (Range Bb2- Eb4)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Chino
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. He is a suitor to Maria and a friend of Bernardo's.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Pepe
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Gang member. Dancing/Singing required. (Baritone)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Indio
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Gang member. Dancing/Singing required. (Tenor)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Luis
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A Gang member. Dancing/Singing required. (Baritone/Bass)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Tony
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. (Range: Bb2- Bb4)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Riff
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. (Range Bb2- G4)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Anybody's
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Diesel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Second-in-command of the Jets. He becomes the leader after Riff's death. (Baritone/Bass)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Action
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The most quick¬tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. (Tenor)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 A-Rab
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Slightly less quick-tempered than Action. Baby John's best friend. (Baritone)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Baby John
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. (Tenor)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Officer Krupke
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Detective Schrank
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, racist, and unapologetic. Speaking role. No dance background.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 Doc
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Glad Hand
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Nerdy, overly cheerful, and ill-equipped social director at the school dance ("Mambo"). Speaking role. No Dance background


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Maria A
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. (Range Bb3-C6)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 18 Anita
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. (Range F3-D5)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 19 Rosalia
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Indio's girlfriend, more demure, not too bright. (Mezzo Sop.)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 20 Consuela
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Tough, young. Pepe's girlfriend. (Alto)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 21 Fransisca
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Young, Luis' girlfriend. (Soprano)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -