October 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – October 30, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
West Side Story

Creative Team


Producers: Dara Karlusic and Brett Wallis

Assisted by: Christopher Bennett

Director: Jordan Reid

Assisted by: Tara Vagg

Creative Consultant: Rohan Browne

Musical Director: Daniel Heskett

Assisted by: Eric Von Ahlefeldt

Vocal Director: Madeline Cain

Choreographer: Remy Noonan

Admin Assistants: Nerissa Tomlinson, Olivia Harrington and Jasper Jarwood Costume Co-ordinator: Sharon Clearwater

Assisted by: Dawn Murdoch and Cathy Wynhoven Properties: Brett Wallis

Set Management: Keith Greenwood

Set Construction: NJW Designs

Stage Manager: Peter Balfour

Lighting Design: Jason Bovaird

Lighting Operation: Moving Light Productions

Sound: Nick O’Connor

The Essentials

Performance Dates:

Playhouse Theatre: Geelong Arts Centre

Tickets available at www.geelongartscentre.org.au or via phone on 5225 1200

Friday 27th March 7.30pm

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 29th March 3.00pm

Wednesday 1st April 7.30pm

Thursday 2nd April 7.30pm

Friday 3rd April 7.30pm

Saturday 4th April 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Audition Information

Adult auditions are by appointment only and will be approximately 5 minutes in duration.

Please prepare one (1) audition song of 32 bars (up to 1 minute). This song is not to be from West Side Story, but in a style similar to the show.

Auditionees are required to bring sheet music in the correct key with any cuts and changes clearly marked. Please have your music in a display folder or taped together. No backing tracks permitted.

For audition song ideas, visit https://www.theatretrip.com/audition-songs-for- westside-story

Please choose a song that best demonstrates your acting ability and vocal range.

A separate vocal range test may be requested.

Tony and Maria Auditions

Those auditioning solely for the roles of Tony or Maria, will be seen on Tuesday 29th October. Please note that you will not be required to attend the dance audition, however a movement component will form part of the call backs.

If you are auditioning for the roles of Tony or Maria AND wish to be considered for the Ensemble you will be required to attend the dance audition.

Auditions for the ‘Adults’

The roles of Doc, Officer Krupke, Detective Schrank, and Glad Hand are acting roles only and therefore auditionees are not required to attend a vocal or dance auditions.

Scenes from the show will be available for download and are to be prepared for the auditions.

Acting auditions times can be booked amongst the vocal audition dates. Scripts can be downloaded from www.centrestage.org.au/wss

If you are auditioning for ensemble or alternative roles not listed in this section, you must complete a dance and vocal audition.

Auditions for Offstage Chorus

We are looking to assemble a chorus of offstage singers for this production. If you are interested in auditioning for the Chorus only, you will not be required to attend the dance call, and will only need to prepare a vocal audition.

Adult Vocal Auditions (Age 16 years by Dec 1, 2019)

Sunday 27th October 2-5pm at Geelong High School

Monday 28th October 7-10pm at 26 Rodney Road, North Geelong

Tuesday 29th October 7-10pm at 26 Rodney Road, North Geelong

Wednesday 30th October 7-10pm at 26 Rodney Road, North Geelong

Adult Dance Auditions

Sunday 27th October 10am – 1pm

Geelong High School – C A Love Centre

Dance calls are COMPULSORY for all cast excluding (Officer Krupke, Schrank, Doc, GladHand, Tony and Maria, Offstage Chorus). Every other potential cast member MUST attend this to be considered for casting.

There will be different phases of the dance call, to cater to the basic, intermediate and advanced dancer. Each auditionee will have the opportunity to show off their dance ability in each phase but the initial movement in this dance call is character based, so please do not be afraid if you are in the ‘non-mover’ club!

Please note the dance audition will be done in stages, you may not be required for the full duration of the dance call.

Call Backs

Sunday 3rd November (from 10am) Principal Character Call Backs:

Callback notifications and material will be sent out via email at the completion of vocal audtions.

Callback times will be allocated, however please be available from 10am-4pm to allow time for various dance, vocal and scene workshops.

Rehearsal Information

Standard Rehearsal Times: Sundays – 12pm – 5pm

Mondays – 7.00pm – 10pm Wednesdays – 7.00pm – 10.00pm

There will be 1 rehearsal weekend that occurs during school holiday. Total of 9 performances to be held at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Rehearsals are held Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sundays.

Rehearsal attendance is imperative to the success of this production, so please record all known absences on your audition form.

Rehearals will commence Monday 18th November

Christmas break will occur 19 December to 4 January


Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love. Their warring factions, however, refuse to back down, and the “rumbles”, romance, and resentment lead the bloody path to the lovers’ ultimate, tragic conclusion With soaring, sophisticated, and diverse melodies, energetic and athletic dance

battles, and its remarkably salient social message, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.

Character Descriptions

We are looking for a large Company of roughly 35-40 (max) Actors, Singers and Dancers to complete the casting process. There are many characters filtered throughout the show and many fast costume and character changes. Some characters and roles are based highly in the dance category and others are more acting and singing roles. There is something for every type of performer.


The Sharks – A Puerto Rican gang

MARIA – 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. Some dancing. ANITA – 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. Strong dance background required.

BERNARDO – 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. Strong dance background required.

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

PEPE – Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone.

INDIO – Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Tenor.

LUIS – Gang member, Dancing/Singing required. Baritone/Bass.

ROSALIA – Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright, Mezzo Sop.

CONSUELA – Tough, young. Pepe’s girlfriend, Alto.

FRANSISCA – Young, Luis’ girlfriend, Soprano.


The Jets – A Caucasian gang

TONY – 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. Limited dancing.

RIFF – 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. Strong dance background required.

ANYBODYS – 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. Speaking Role. Dance role.

DIESEL – Second-in-command of the Jets. Leader after Riff’s death. Baritone/Bass.

ACTION – The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight. Tenor.

A-RAB – Slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John’s best friend. Baritone.

BABY JOHN – The youngest Jet, is beaten up during the opening sequence. Tenor. The Adults

OFFICER KRUPKE – The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from erupting between them. A little dorky, he is regularly mocked by the local gangs. Speaking Role. No dance background. DETECTIVE SCHRANK – A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, racist, and unapologetic. Speaking Role. No dance background required.

DOC – The adult owner of the 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. Speaking Role. No dance background.

GLAD HAND – Nerdy, overly cheerful and ill-equipped social director at the school dance (“Mambo”). Speaking role. No dance background.