THE SHOW

The story is set in the mid 1950s in the Upper West Side of New York City, then a multiracial, blue-collar neighborhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in musical theatre. Bernstein’s score for the musical includes “Jet Song”, “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “Tonight”, “America”, “Cool”, “One Hand, One Heart”, “I Feel Pretty”, “Somewhere”, “Gee, Officer Krupke” and “A Boy Like That”.

THE TEAM

RAY
CULLEN

DIRECTOR

Shenayde
Wilkinson-sarti​

choreographer

Ben
Francis

MUSIC DIRECTOR

EMMA
RIGGS

PRODUCER

Kerreane
sarti​

PRODUCER

IMPORTANT INFO & DATES

AUDITIONS

WHO

WHEN

WHERE

HOW

COST

REHEARSALS

WHERE

STAGE ONE

STAGE TWO

STAGE THREE

STAGE FOUR

Please note these dates are subject to change, a proper rehearsal schedule will be provided closer to rehersals

PERFORMANCES

WHERE

WHEN

Please note our shows are double cast for leads, they will perform two shows each, ensemble appear in all performances

YOUR FEES

Should you be successful in your audition and offered a position in the show there is production fee

AVAILABLE ROLES

Please note this is a show that heavily relies on dance and we require all our performers to be confident in their dance skills

Male Roles - AGES 15-25

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.

Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.

Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.

Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s.

The local rival gangs includes:

9 Speaking & Dancing roles:
Jets:
Action, A-Rab, Baby John, Snowboy, Big Deal, Diesel
Sharks: Chino, Pepe, Indio

Multiple Dance Rolls:
No spoken lines but dance and singing in both gangs

FEMALE ROLES - AGES 15-25

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.

Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

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.

Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

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.

The local gang includes:

5 Speaking & Dancing roles:
Jets:
Graziella, Velma
Sharks: Rosalia, Consuelo, Francisca

Multiple Dance Rolls:
No spoken lines but dance and singing

ANY GENDER - AGES 15-25

The owner of the candy store where the Jets hang out. They try to guide the Jets youthful angst and provides a safe haven for Tony. Old fashioned and wise in their ways.

A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.

The local beat cop. No patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from errupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.

Nerdy school principle who overseas the school dance between the two gangs

AUDITIONS

AUDITIONS

PART ONE COMPULSARY

WHEN & WHERE

ALL AUDITIONEES ARE REQUIRED!

During your one and a half hour block you will have your dance and ensemble singing audition where you’ll be asked to learn and perform routine to the song ‘AMERICA’. 

PART TWO OPTIONAL

WHEN & WHERE

Please note, it would be beneficial for you to come prepared with your PREFERRED ROLL but also come prepared with a SECONDARY ROLE in case we ask you to read for an alternate.

PART THREE INVITE ONLY

WHEN & WHERE

We may like to see you perform again on the Sunday, possibly to play opposite someone. This will be via invitation only and you will be notified Saturday evening.

PART FOUR NOTIFICATIONS

After auditions, every effort will be made to contact you within 3 days to advise the result of your audition.

BOOK AN AUDITION

STEP ONE

You MUST book into Friday night’s dance call! You only need to make a second booking should you wish to audition for a LEAD or A NAMED CHARACTER role

STEP TWO

If you would like to been considered for a LEAD or NAMED CHARACTER ROLE a seperate email will be sent to you in the next few weeks to book your audition.

QUESTIONS?

We’re here to help so if you have any questions for the production team please reach out to: