THE AUGUSTA PLAYERS ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS
The Augusta Players announces auditions for the musical WEST SIDE STORY to be performed on February 20, February 21 and February 22, 2015. Auditions are as follows:
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am and Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Crossbridge Baptist Church
3130 Skinner Mill Road
Please do not call the church about these auditions. If you have further questions not answered here, you may call (706) 826-4707.
Our rehearsals are generally in the evenings from 7-10 on weekdays, however, there will be weekend dance rehearsals as well. Please bring your calendar with you as you will be required to list your conflicts between the audition date and February 22, 2015. Only stated conflicts at the time of audition will be considered for approval. Any additional conflicts will not be considered. There are no conflicts allowed during production week, which will begin on Sunday, February 15, 2015. While the public performances will be in the evenings on 2/20-2/22, there will also be daytime matinees during production week which will not include everyone, but most certainly, Tony and Maria.
West Side Story is a classic of musical theatre with Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where Romeo and Juliet are transported to 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.
Ages 16 and up only unless you have a director’s prior approval. Please prepare a song from the show or something comparable. An accompanist will be provided, but you must provide your own sheet music unless you are singing from West Side Story. No acappella singing, please. Expect cold readings from the script.
Those auditioning for the Jets and Sharks (male and female) should expect a dance audition and should dress appropriately as follows :
Everyone should dress for MOVEMENT…loose conservative clothes. No tight jeans, please.
Women should wear character shoes and have their hair secured away from the face (ideally a pony tail.) You will also need a calf length practice skirt long enough to swish.
Men will need tennis shoes (Converse flat tops would be ideal)
MARIA, female, appears to be 18-21 years old. 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. Puerto Rican. Range: Bb3 – C6
TONY, male, appears to be 25-30 years old. 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. American. Range: Bb2 – Bb4
ANITA, female, appears to be 25-30 years old. 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. Puerto Rican. Range: F3 – D5
BERNARDO, male, appears to be 25-35 years old. 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. Range: Bb2 – Eb4
RIFF, male, 25-30 years old. 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. Range: Bb2 – G4
ANYBODYS, female, appears to be 15-25 years old. 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
CHINO, male, appears to be 20-25 years old. An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s. Puerto Rican. Speaking Role
DETECTIVE SCHRANK, male, appears to be 40-55 years old. A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic. Speaking Role
DOC, male, appears to be 60-75 years old. 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. Speaking Role
OFFICER KRUPKE, male, appears to be 30-60 years old. The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them.