California Regional Theatre is excited to produce Broadway's best! Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.

"West Side Story"

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 lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among 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.


Audition Dates -May 2nd 9 AM & 3rd 6:30 PM

Audition Location - The Center For the Arts 1475 East Ave. in Chico, CA.

Performances: Sept 26th- Oct 4th in Chico, CA.

Audition Requirements

Vocal Audition:

Please prepare 32 measures of a memorized song that best demonstrates your vocal ability. Sheet music is preferred, prerecorded karaoke music on a device (ie: phone, Ipod, MP3 Player with audio jack ect.) is allowed, NO a cappella for vocal audition.

Acting Audition:

Please Prepare 1 minute monologue memorized that best demonstrates your acting ability and versatility. Please bring resume and head shot if available.

Dance Audition:

Please wear clothing you can move in and dance shoes if you have them.

Roles Available


Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers) Dance Requirements: Heavy

Character Breakdown

Riff: 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: 25 to 30 - Vocal range top: G4 - Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Tony: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 - Vocal range top: Bb4 - Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Bernardo: 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 - Vocal range top: Eb4 - Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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 sister. Puerto Rican. Gender: Female- Vocal range top: C6 - Vocal range bottom: Bb3

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. Puerto Rican. Gender: Female- Vocal range top: D5 - Vocal range bottom: F3

Chino: An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo's. - Gender: Male

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. - Gender: Female -

Doc: 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

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

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

Ensemble: Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls

"WEST SIDE STORY" is produced by CALIFORNIA REGIONAL THEATER presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. For more information about this production and others produced by California Regional Theater please visit www.crtshows.com. Email all inquires to info @crtshows.com