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Apr. 22nd, 2012

Fascinating look at a casting call for an upcoming production.

Non-Equity National Tour of “West Side Story”

by Kristen Trahan

Producer: Troika Entertainment
Director: David Saint
Jerome Robbins’ Choreography Recreated By: Joey McKneely
Casting: Clemmons/Dewing Casting
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents, David Saint (revisions)

Rehearsals begin September 24, 2012; First performance is October 29, 2012. Contracted through July 2013.
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All positions are paid. Rehearsal salary – $300/week. Performance salary minimum – $455/week + Per diem, Housing, and Health Insurance.


Open Call for Female Dancers:


Come prepared to dance with jazz shoes or sneakers, ballet shoes, & heels. Prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song from the show or in the style of the show in case you are asked to stay & sing. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Bring your book of music in case you are asked to sing another selection. Bring headshot & résumé, stapled together.

Seeking:

Anita: Mid 20s-early 30s, sexy, vivacious, and full of life, must be an amazing dancer, strong belt to C#, strong actor, must be able to play authentic Latina & speak Spanish comfortably.

Jet Girls (Graziella, Velma, Mugsy): Must be excellent ballet & jazz dancers, & believably play teens. Singing ability is a plus.

Shark Girls (Rosalia, Consuelo, Fernanda, Hotsie, Bebecita, Alicia): Must be excellent ballet & jazz dancers who sing well, speak Spanish comfortably, & believably play Latina teens.

Open Call for Male Dancers & “Anybodys”:

Seeking:

Riff: Late teens-late 20s, all-American look, strong baritone & dancer.

Bernardo: Early 20s-early 30s, Latin, masculine, fiery & embittered man, must be a strong dancer & actor, & comfortable speaking Spanish. Singing is a plus.

Jet Boys (Action, A-Rab, Baby John, Snowboy, Big Deal, Diesel): Teens-20s, all-American types with strong ballet & jazz technique.

Shark Boys (Chino, Pepe, Indio, Inca, Tio, Bolo, Federico): Teens-20s, must be strong ballet & jazz dancers, & comfortable speaking Spanish. Singing is a plus.

Anybodys: female, teens-early 20s, a tomboy who wants to be part of the Jets gang, strong dancer who sings to an F# (sings the song “Somewhere”).

Open Call for Character Roles:

Seeking:

Doc: (50s +) – excellent actor who can convey enormous warmth & strength; a survivor. Non-singing.

Lt. Shrank: (40s – 50s) – Actor; volatile; the strongest voice of authority

Officer Krupke: (30 – 50s) – actor; potentially overweight; beat cop

Gladhand: (30-50s) – comic actor. Age & type very open – actor must just be able to make broad choices & have good timing.

For Gladhand and Officer Krupkie, prepare a one minute comedic monologue. For Doc and Lt. Schrank, prepare a one minute dramatic monologue. Bring a current headshot and resume, stapled together.

Open Call for Singers (Leads):

Prepare 32 bars of material from the show, or 32 bars of a traditional musical theater song in the style of the show. Sheet music must be in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Bring your book in case you are asked for an additional selection. Bring headshots & résumés, stapled together.

Seeking:

Maria: Female, 18+ to play late teens-20s, must have a young girl quality, innocent & beautiful, strong actress & soprano to a high C, plus must be comfortable speaking Spanish.

Tony: Male, 18+ to play late teens-20s, charming, optimistic, strong actor with an excellent tenor voice, must be able to solidly sing to a high B flat.

Anita: Mid 20s-early 30s, sexy, vivacious, and full of life, must be an amazing dancer, strong belt to C#, strong actor, must be able to play authentic Latina & speak Spanish comfortably.

http://www.theauditionreport.com/2012/03/non-equity-national-tour-of-west-side-story/

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