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West Side Story (Theatre) – 2016-03-05

Auditions and casting information

West Side Story (Theatre) – 2016-03-05

All roles and ensemble for new production playing outside London


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 This year, WEST SIDE STORY will play as part of Kilworth House Theatre’s season. Produced by Celia McKay, the director is Matthew White, the choreographer is Sam Spencer-Lane and the musical director is John Morton. Kilworth House Theatre is situated in North Kilworth, Leicestershire. Auditions, in London, are 26-26 February, 2-3 and 8 March. London rehearsals are Monday 2 May-Saturday 21 May. The Company arrived at KHT on Monday 23 May; the dress rehearsal is Tuesday 31 May. The show then plays from Wednesday 1 June with the last performance on Sunday 17 July. 57 performances: Saturday and Sunday matinees plus matinees on Wednesday 15 June and 13 July. No Monday performances, two shows on both Saturday and Sunday. The stunning open air theatre in the heart of the thirty eight acre Kilworth estate, this 540 seat theatre, now in its tenth season, is dedicated to large scale professional productions of musical theatre. The theatre is the brainchild of Celia Mackay, owner of the award-winning and luxurious Kilworth House Hotel, beautifully situated amidst the rolling countryside of South Leicestershire. The 540 seat theatre is protected against the elements by a magnificent sail-like canopy, as is the stage area, so that no performance need ever be cancelled because of adverse weather. Indeed their motto is “Kilworth House Theatre – where rain won’t stop play”. A state-of-the-art lighting and sound system has been installed in keeping with Celia’s intention to present professional productions and entertainment of the highest quality. www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk Following the huge success of the productions of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (two seasons), OKLAHOMA!, CRAZY FOR YOU, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE OPERA SHOW, ME AND MY GIRL, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY and ANYTHING GOES, SOUTH PACIFIC, SISTER ACT, SINGING IN THE RAIN and LEGALLY BLONDE, the musicals at Kilworth House Theatre in the 2016 season will be WEST SIDE STORY and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. PLEASE FIND DETAILS OF CONTRACT AND FEE INFORMATION AFTER BREAKDOWN. PRINCIPAL ROLES : TONY: playing late late teens. White American with Polish origins. Tenor, should sing a comfortable Top Bb. Handsome, idealistic. Once a member of the Jets, he now works at the drugstore, dreaming of something better. Best friend of Riff, he is clearly a young man who can look after himself and was formerly a tough, brave member of the gang. A charismatic young actor required with a fantastic voice. MARIA: playing age mid-late teens, Puerto Rican, Latin looks required. Soprano, should sing a comfortable top C. Good movement skills required. Maria is an inexperienced immigrant girl from Puerto Rico. She has only recently arrived in New York and is excited by her new life there. She is youthful, pretty, idealistic, headstrong, romantic. Brought up a strict Catholic by her parents, she relies heavily on her brother Bernardo and his girlfriend Anita to help her adjust to her new circumstances. A charismatic young actress required with a fantastic voice. ANITA: playing age late teens-early 20s. Puerto Rican, Latin looks required. Mezzo soprano with strong belt. Excellent dancer required. Anita is a typically fiery, hot-blooded Puerto Rican girl. Fiercely protective of Maria (her boyfriend, Bernardo’s sister), Anita is outspoken, sexy, quick-witted, and loyal. She loves Bernardo but is critical of his overly protective treatment of Maria and his aggressive attitude towards America and his rivals (the Jets). The actress playing Anita must be striking to look at, have exceptional dance ability, possess a strong voice, and have excellent comic timing. RIFF: playing age late teens. White American. High & light baritone. Excellent dancer required. Riff is the leader of ‘the Jets’ and proud of the fact. He is Tony’s best and oldest friend and is loyal and protective towards him. Energised and characterful, he enjoys his status as gang leader, and will do anything to make sure that the Jets reign supreme in the neighbourhood. Riff is likeable and a touch eccentric but dangerous too. The actor playing this role must be an excellent dancer, have a striking stage presence, and be a strong, confident singer. Comedic skills an advantage. BERNARDO: playing age late teens-early 20s. Puerto Rican, Latin looks required. Baritone. Excellent dancer required. Bernardo is a recent immigrant to New York. He is handsome, charming, dynamic, arrogant, and proud. He is the gang leader of ‘the Sharks’. Fiercely protective of his sister, Maria, he is quick to turn aggressive and is a dangerous adversary when provoked. The actor playing this role must be charismatic performer and an excellent dancer. Singing voice should be good. SCHRANK: playing age 40-50. White American, this is not a singing role. Schrank is a plain-clothed police officer. He is tough-speaking and authoritative and can be aggressive when provoked. He’s seen too much gang warfare and is heartily sick of it. An actor with a certain gravitas is required for this role. A good New York American accent required. DOC/OFFICER KRUPKE: playing age 40-50. White American, this is not a singing role. Doc is the owner of the drug store where Tony works. Probably an immigrant himself, he is disillusioned and sickened by the behaviour of the rival gangs and cannot understand their aggressive behaviour. Old before his time, he gives the impression of someone who has somehow given up on life. He seems to have some affection for Tony. Role doubles with: Officer Krupke is a policeman. Often the butt of the joke, he is slow and lumbering and doesn’t have the wit or intelligence of Schrank, his superior. He is easily riled by the Jets and has no sense of humour. FEATURED ENSEMBLE/ENSEMBLE: Versatile, strong male and female dancers with excellent singing voices required for the ensemble and to play various roles. Excellent dance. Playing ages late teens-early 20s. Some will be required to understudy principal roles. GLAD HAND: playing age 30+. Baritone. White. Must be an excellent singer, good movement skills, older (30+), to play as cast and cover older characters (Schrank, Krupke, Doc). MALE JETS: playing age late teens, white, black or dual heritage. Strong and versatile singing voices. Very strong dance. DIESEL: baritone, Riff’s right hand man. Strong, loyal, physically imposing. He fights one to one with Bernardo. ACTION: Tenor, also covers Riff. Fiery temperament, energised, always ready for a fight. BABY JOHN: Tenor, young-looking, naive, still finding his feet in the gang. A-RAB: Also covers Tony so needs a strong tenor voice to Bb. MALE SWING (TIGER): versatile high baritone/tenor. FEMALE JETS: playing age late teens. Strong singing voices, white, black or dual heritage. Very strong dance. VELMA: Velma is Riff’s girl. She is sexy and sassy and is an excellent dancer. GRAZIELLA: Diesel’s girl. She is always impressed with herself. ANYBODY’S: Anybody’s is boyish, sparky and always busting for a fight. FEMALE SWING (MINNIE): versatile dancer with good mezzo range. MALE SHARKS: playing age late teens. Strong singing voices. Latino with very strong dance. CHINO: Suitor to Maria. Nice shy, gentle boy, but can be aggressive when pushed to extremes. Jealous. PEPE: Also covers Bernardo. Consuela’s boyfriend. Proud and resentful. Baritone. INDIO: Strong, proud, resentful. Baritone. JOS?: Strong, proud, resentful. Baritone. FEMALE SHARKS: playing age late teens. Strong singing voices. Latino with very strong dance. CONSUELA: Strong alto. Also covers Anita. Pepe’s girlfriend. Tough, young Puerto Rican. ROSALIA: Strong soprano to top C. Also covers Maria. Young, naive Puerto Rican. FRANCISCA and ESTELLA: Strong altos. Young, feisty Puerto Ricans. Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010; (Occupational Requirements) applies Please send all suggestions with photo and CV as soon as possible to Debbie O’Brien, West Side Story Casting, 72 High Street, Ashwell, Near Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 5NS. CONTRACT INFORMATION WEST SIDE STORY – FEES AND CONTRACT DETAILS VENUE: Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Fees are all inclusive – no overtime, push and pull, Bank Holiday or holiday pay on top of amounts. Principals