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WEST SIDE STORY – AUGUST 25 @ 10am in Studio Theatre
Main Stage Musical
Directed by Dr. Michael O’Hara
The Sharks: A Puerto Rican Gang
Maria – (female)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 – (female) 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 – (male) 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- (male) 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 – (male) Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone.
Indio – (male) Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Tenor.
Luis ‐ (male) Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone/Bass.
Rosalia ‐ (female) Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright, Mezzo Sop.
Consuela ‐ (female) Tough, young. Pepe’s girlfriend, Alto.
Fransisca ‐ (female) Young, Luis’ girlfriend, Soprano.
The Jets: A Caucasian Gang
Tony- (Male) 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.
Riff ‐ (Male) 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 ‐ (Female) 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 ‐ (Male) Second-‐in-‐command of the Jets. Leader after Riff’s death. Baritone/Bass.
Action ‐ (Male)The most quick-‐tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Tenor.
A‐Rab-(Male) Slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John’s best friend. Baritone.
Baby John- (Male) The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. Tenor.
Officer Krupke‐ (Male) 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 required.
Detective Schrank‐ (Male) 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‐ (Male) 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 required.
Glad Hand– (Male) Nerdy, overly cheerful and ill-‐equipped social director at the school dance (“Mambo”). Speaking role. No dance background required.
Auditions are held at Muncie Civic Theatre located 216 E. Main St, Downtown Muncie, Ind. unless otherwise noted above.
How to Prepare:
- You will be asked to read from the script. Non-musical productions will either provide sides from the script or ask you to prepare a monologue, do not prepare anything unless it is stated.
- For musicals you will be audition with music from the show usually posted online 2 weeks prior to show. Do not prepare anything else unless it is stated to do so.
- Wear comfortable clothes. We encourage you to look your best, but also come prepared for some dance or movement exercises for bigger dance musical auditions (not all shows have dance portions).
- Call Backs will be scheduled for later in the afternoon or the next day. Using the email address you will provide in your audition form or with a physical posted list, we will contact you for your callback. Just because you’re not on the callback list does not mean you are not in the show.
- Character Breakdowns are listed above for each show. There is some flexibility in requirements within reason (such as age) and some are non-negotiable, so please plan accordingly. You have the ability to indicate which role you are interested in on your audition form, along with whether or not you would accept an ensemble role. Please be honest in your willingness to participate, as this helps the casting process go more smoothly.
- Get your calendar out – you need to share your rehearsal conflicts. Every rehearsal is important and while every actor may not be called in for every rehearsal, when you are needed, you are needed! The fewer you have the better, but above all, be honest when filling out the audition form and listing any conflicts you might have.
Rehearsals: Typically Sunday – Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, beginning the week after auditions.
Performances: Main Stage Shows run for three weekends (Studio 2 weekends) including a week of technical rehearsals prior. You must be available for all of the show/tech dates.
Cast Lists: Anyone who has signed up to audition will receive an email notice the first business day after auditions with the full cast list.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org