Auditions: West Side Story

WEST SIDE STORY at The Encore Musical Theatre Company – AUDITION NOTICE

Open Call Auditions: Sunday, February 4th from 7:30pm-10:30pm; and Monday, February 5th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

The Encore Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for its upcoming production of WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Daniel C. Cooney, music directed by Tyler Driskill, and choreographed by Matthew Brennan. Rehearsals will begin May 22nd, and performances will take place June 21st through August 12th, 2018.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest 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. 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 one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, West Side Story has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway’s finest, its songs a part of the nation’s musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And, with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!

FOR THE AUDITION: Please prepare two 32-bar musical theatre cuts in the style of the show (songs from the show are ok), and have the sheet music double sided in a binder for the accompanist. Please have a hard copy of your headshot and resume available for the audition.

To schedule an audition time, or with any questions, please email Casting Director, Thalia Schramm (

Thank you!


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.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range: G4-Bb2

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.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range: Bb4-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.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range: Eb4-Bb2

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.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range: C6-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.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: D5-F3

An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo’s.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 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.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 25

The owner of the candy store where the Jets hang out. He tries to guide the Jets youthful angst and provides a safe haven for Tony. Old fashioned and wise in his ways.
Gender: Male
Age: 60 to 75

A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55

The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 60

Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls (All must dance well.)