Awesome! We’re excited that you’re interesting in being part of the Kensington Theatre experience. We have people of all ages and talent levels join us for our different shows throughout the year. We welcome you no matter if this is your first time or your 20th (you know who you are).
West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Two teens from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective gangs build toward tragedy. Toni Butler will direct this touching classic.
Ages: 16 and older (must be going into high school 2018-2019 or older to audition)
Auditions: Singing Audiitons: April 18 (7-10p) and Dance/Stage Combat Auditions April 19 (6-10p)
Characters: A full list of characters is posted below. All roles are open except: Doc, Shrank, Krupke and Glad Hand
Call Backs: April 21, 8a-1p (by invitation only)
First Cast Meeting: April 24, 7p
Auditions: Please sing 16 bars of a song from West Side Story (you can choose from 4 songs that will be posted by March 31). Bring an audition form (available April 9, 2018). You can schedule your 5 minute audition time for April 18 beginning April 9, 2018. All Girls and Boys auditioning will need to attend the dance auditions from 6-8p on April 19. All boys auditioning will need to attend the stage Combat Auditions from 8-10p on April 19. If you can not attend both singing and dance/stage combat auditions, please come to at least one (singing or dance/stage combat). But please understand: You will be at a disadvantage in the casting to those who attend both auditions so it is highly encouraged to attend both (but not mandatory).
Conflicts: While you can list conflicts on your audition form, West Side Story will be on a very tight rehearsal schedule. The fewer the conflicts, the easier it will be on the director to cast you. However, please be thorough and transparent in listing your conflicts; if our director really wants to cast you, she will work around reasonable conflicts.
Rehearsals: Generally, rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (6-10 PM) and Saturdays (8 AM–5 PM). The amount of rehearsals you need to attend will depend on the part you are cast in. We will begin rehearsals April 24, 2018. We will not rehearse May 25-June 1, 2018.
Performances: June 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29 & 30 at 7p, 2018.
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. Male. Looks Age: 16 to 20
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
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. Male. Looks Age: 16 to 20
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Diesel: Second-in-command of the Jets. Leader after Riff’s death (Sorry! Spoiler!). Biggest Jet. Looks Age: 16 to 20. Baritone/Bass
Action: The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Looks Age: 16 to 20. Male. Tenor.
A-Rab: Slightly less quick-tempered than Action. Baby John’s best friend. Looks Age: 16 to 20. Male. Baritone.
Baby John: The youngest Jet beaten up during the prologue. Looks Age: 14 to 20. Male. Tenor.
Other Jets: Snowboy, Big Deal, Gee-Tar, Mouthpiece, Tiger
Their Girlfriends: Graziella, Velma, Minnie, Clarice, Pauline
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. Female. Looks Age: 15 to 18
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. Puerto Rican. Female. Looks Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
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. Male. Looks Age: 18 to 22
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
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. Puerto Rican. Female. Age: 18-22
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. Male. Looks Age: 18-20. No solos.
Other Sharks: Pepe, Indio, Luis, Anxious, Nibbles, Juano, Toro, Moose
Their Girlfriends: Rosalia (not too bright/Mezz Sop), Consuelo (Alto), Francisca (Soprano), Margarita, Teresita
Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls, New York Teens (not in one of these gangs)
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