CT Audition Page for West Side Story

February 23, 2019 

NEW PARADIGM THEATRE IN COLLABORATION WITH NORWALK SYMPHONY – WEST SIDE STORY CONCERT – February 23rd, 2019 

Venue: Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk (1100 Seats) 


Artistic Directors: Kristin Huffman, New Paradigm Theatre & Jonathan Yates, Norwalk Symphony
Managing Director: Sandra Miklave, Norwalk Symphony
Audition Date: Oct 27, Saturday, 10-6pm 
Audition Location: Norwalk Concert/City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk CT in the Mary McCarthy room
Rehearsal Dates:  2/16/19 – 2/23/19  (One week only. Please do not submit if you have any conflicts):                     10am-7pm Sat/Sun;    5:00-10:30pm weeknights,   dark Monday) 
Rate of PayThe four leading roles noted with ** will be cast with either AEA or non AEA as specified above. The eight supporting roles noted with * will be paid $150 per diem and will be local hires only.   No other roles will received per diems. 

NPT and NSO embrace multi-cultural, multi-gendered, and multi-generational casting.  All ethnicities and abilities are ENCOURAGED to audition. 

FOR CT AUDITIONS APPOINTMENTS: PLEASE SUBMIT AND ATTACH YOUR HEADSHOT AND RESUME WITH A COVER LETTER (IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL) TO INFO@NPTHEATRE.ORG.IMPORTANT: IN THE SUBJECT LINE PLEASE INDICATE THE ROLE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AND “CT AUDITION”.  ( Please do not submit if you have ANY conflicts for rehearsals. )

The New Paradigm Theatre is partnering with the Norwalk Symphony for a one night only concert at 8pm on February 23rd (possible additional matinee same day) of one of the greatest musicals in the American repertoire.  The concert will be performed on Saturday February 23rd with a one week rehearsal process in Norwalk CT.

This MTI approved version was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony.  It is a concert version with very minimal dialogue and no dancing or costumes. All dialogue will be spoken in the appropriate dialect. 

Click here for the San Francisco Symphony Trailer

The producers will provide housing and round trip travel to Norwalk and back to NYC (once) for AEA guest artists (see the four roles for which this applies). FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS, STRONGLY SEEKING LOCAL HOUSING HIRES. Accepting NON-AEA, EMC and AEA.

AEA actors: Seeking actors with Broadway or recognizable credits.  

Due to short rehearsal period (one week) all roles must be learned and memorized before the start of rehearsal.  Strongly seeking actors who have performed these roles previously. This is not a sung-through concert, all dialogue will be spoken in the appropriate dialect. 

For all roles not listed with sides, you may bring a 32 bar cut of your choosing in the style of the show. 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 

The Sharks – A Puerto Rican gang

 ROSALIA, CONSUELA, FRANSISCA (two downloadable PDF’s): I Feel Pretty, America

**MARIA– 20-30  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.

Maria’s sides (four downloadable PDF’s): A Boy Like That, I Feel Pretty, Scene: Maria and Tony, Tonight

**ANITA-  25-35 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.

Anita’s sides (two downloadable PDF’s): A Boy Like That, America

*BERNARDO- 25-35 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. 

Bernardo’s sides (one downloadable PDF): Tonight

CHINO- 18-30 An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s. Speaking Role/Singing required.

PEPE- 16-30 Gang member, Baritone.

INDIO- 16-30 Gang member, Tenor.

LUIS- 16-30 Gang member, Baritone/Bass. 

*ROSALIA- 16-30  Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright, Mezzo Sop. (Sides above)

*CONSUELA- 16-30 Tough, young. Pepe’s girlfriend, Alto. (Sides above)

*FRANSISCA– 16-30 Young, Luis’ girlfriend, Soprano. (Sides above)

Shark Girls sides- (two downloadable PDF’s): I Feel Pretty, America

 The Jets

Jets’ sides (two downloadable PDF’s): Jet Song, Officer Krupke

**TONY- 25-35 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. 

Tony’s sides (four downloadable PDF’s): Balcony, Maria, Scene: Maria and Tony, Something’s Coming

**RIFF    25-35 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. 

Riff’s sides (two downloadable PDF’s): Cool, Jet Song

*DIESEL- 16-30 Second-in-command of the Jets. Leader after Riff’s death. Baritone/Bass. (sides above)

*ACTION-16-30 The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Tenor.  (sides above)

*A-RAB- 16-30 Slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John’s best friend. Baritone.  (sides above)

*BABY JOHN- 16-25 The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. Tenor.  (sides above)

ANYBODYS – 16-25 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. Will sing with Jets. 

A GIRL:  Any age. Sings “Somewhere”.

A Girl’s sides (one downloadable PDF): Somewhere

For CT auditions: Please submit to info@nptheatre.org  and write the role and CT Auditions in the subject line.     No video submissions will be accepted for the local CT auditions and supporting roles.  

There will be a chorus as well that will sing: Jet song (men), America (women), Tonight, (all). If you would like to be considered for chorus only please send a short video to info@nptheatre.org .  All ages welcome. 

An Equity monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.  Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.