East Spring 2017 Auditions
West Side Story
Show Dates: May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Auditions February 27 - Callbacks March 4
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East Production Coordinator (Contact for questions about the production)
Monday, February 27th
From: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Abundant Life Baptist Church
400 SW Persels Road
Lee's Summit, MO 6408
Saturday, March 4th
From: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
6800 West 153rd Street, Suite A
Overland Park, KS 66223
Rehearsals will be held at
Grace United Methodist Church
2400 E US Highway 50
Lee's Summit, MO
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West Side Story Synopsis and Role Descriptions
The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center , changing the neighborhood's character.) The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico , are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater.See a montage from the latest Broadway cast revival of West Side Story here .
WEST SIDE STORY Character Descriptions:
The Sharks – A Puerto Rican gang:
MARIA is 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. Singer/Actor/Some dancing.
ANITA is feisty and assertive. She dispenses "older sister" advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Anita is Bernardo's girlfriend and Maria's friend.
Strong Alto (belt).Range: F3 --D5. Actor/Singer/Strong dance background required.
BERNARDO is a proud, strong, handsome man. Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for him and his friends. He is Maria's brother and Anita's boyfriend and leader of the Sharks.
Range: Bb2 --Eb4. Actor/Singer/Strong dance background required.
CHINO is an angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. He is the suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo's. Actor/Dancer/Singer.
PEPE is a gang member of the Sharks. Actor/Dancer/Singer (Baritone).
INDIO is a gang member of the Sharks. Actor/Dancer/Singer (Tenor).
LUIS is a gang member of the Sharks. Actor/Dancer/Singer (Baritone/Bass).
ROSALIA is Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright. Dancer/Actor/Singer (Mezzo Soprano).
CONSUELA is Pepe’s girlfriend who is tough and young. Dancer/Actor/Singer (Alto).
FRANSISCA is Luis’ young girlfriend. Dancer/Actor/Singer (Soprano).
SHARK ENSEMBLE will be in multiple production numbers.
The Jets - A Caucasian Gang:
TONY is 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 as he falls deeply in love with Maria and meets an unfortunate death. Tony is genuinely sweet and sincere.
Actor/Singer (Tenor, Range: Bb2 --Bb4)/Limited dancing.
RIFF is an athletic, quick--tempered leader of the Jets. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang's dominance. Riff is Tony's best friend, and he is eventually murdered by Bernardo.
Actor/Singer (Range: Bb2 --G4)/ Strong dance background required.
ANYBODYS is 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.
DIESEL is second in command of the Jets. Leader after Riff's death. Baritone/Bass.
ACTION is the most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Tenor.
ARAB is slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John's best friend. Baritone.
BABY JOHN is the youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. Tenor.
JETS ENSEMBLE will be in multiple production numbers.
Buzz Word - Trust!
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."