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March 3 - April 8, 2018

WEST SIDE STORY

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is a brilliant tour d'force of American musical theatre. From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most memorable love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments. Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60 & above, and $18 Children.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065

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AUDITIONS FOR WEST SIDE STORY
Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi will be holding two evenings of initial auditions for their upcoming production of West Side Story, opening March 3, 2018 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, performing weekends through April 8. All roles are open for this production.
Auditions are by appointment only and can be made by emailing the producer at: jgartdept@sbcglobal.net.
If you are unable to commit to all performances please do not make an appointment.
WHEN AND WHERE
Auditons will be held January 9th and 10th from 7-10 pm in the MPR on the corner of School St. and Deodora at ARTS Cultural Enrichment Center, 2956 School St., Simi Valley 93065. The initial round of auditions will be singing and dance. For non-singing roles please prepare a one-minute monologue of choice. Singers/dancers please bring 16-32 bars of sheet music from a musical of a similar genre or by the same composer(s) and appropriate dance attire/shoes. Callbacks are on Saturday, January 13 from 11am-2pm at the same location.
WEST SIDE STORY CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
We are looking for a diverse group of cast members who, on stage read age-wise from late teens to mid- 20's
JET BOYS
Tony
Handsome, older youth, who has outgrown the Jets; Tenor. Bb2-Bb4
Maria
Lovely, young, and obedient immigrant Puerto Rican girl, excited and enthusiastic about her new life in America, but with stubborn inner strength that allows her to evolve into a strong woman; soprano. Bb3-C6
Riff
Glowing, driving, intelligent, slightly wacky leader of the Jets; tenor. Bb2-G4
Diesel
Lieutenant to Riff, big, slow, steady; baritone.
Baby John
Youngest member of the Jets, awed at everything, vulnerable; baritone.
A-Rab
Small of stature, takes nothing seriously, unaware, can be explosive; baritone.
Action
Most aggressive member of the Jets, a cat-like ball of fury; baritone.
Snowboy
Bespectacled, self-styled expert; baritone.
Others
Big Deal, Gee-tar, Mouthpiece, Tiger; ranging from tenor to baritone
JET GIRLS
Anybody's
A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets, who mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart. Must be a solid dancer
Velma
Riff's girlfriend, desirable and hip
Graziella
Girlfriend of Diesel, impressed with herself.
Others
Minnie, Clarice, Pauline. All dancers
SHARK BOYS
Bernardo
Handsome, proud, fluid leader of the Sharks, with a sardonic chip on his shoulder; baritone.
Chino
Shy, gentle, sweet-faced young boy, the intended husband of Maria; baritone.
Pepe
Lieutenant to Bernardo, typically proud, and resentful of discrimination; baritone.
Others
Indio, Luis, Juano, Toro, Anxious, Nibbles, and Moose; baritone.
SHARK GIRLS
Anita
Bernardo's girlfriend, older (20's) and wiser in the ways of the world, flashy, sharp-tongued, and with a knowing sexuality; alto/mezzo-soprano. F3-D5
Rosalia
Young Puerto Rican girl, more demure, simple; mezzo-soprano. Sings solo in "America".
Consuelo
Tough, young Puerto Rican girl with bleach blond hair and lots of baubles; mezzo-soprano.
Others
Francisca, Teresita, Margarita, Estella: All dancers
Doc
Older male, drug store owner, tired and worn out. Non singing.
Lieutenant Schrank
Male 30'-50. Plainclothes policeman, superficially pleasant to cover his venom, fear, and bigotry. Non singing
Officer Krupke
Male. 30's-40's. A not-too-bright street cop. Non singing. Glad Hand Male. 40's-50. Nerdy, overly cheerful and ill-equipped social director at the local gym dance. Non singing.
Children
We will also be casting six to eight children between the ages of 10-12 as the young siblings of the Sharks and Jets. All children auditioning for ensemble must have a prerequisite of at least two years stage experience plus dance and vocal training.

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