AUDITIONS June 29th 6 PM

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.


We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times, but we move forward in the hope of being able to mount our full production in the fall. Performances are in fall in Chico, CA. This is a NON-EQUITY production.

California Regional theatre is seeking additional performers for the male roles in the production “West Side Story” performing Fall 2020 in Chico, CA.

Audition Dates -CRT will be accepting video auditions for West Side Story through May 10th

Audition Parameters:

  1. Please submit an Audition Registration Form (Required)
  2. Attend Open Auditions at 3851 Morrow Lane #7 Chico, CA. at 6 pm

Audition Requirements

Vocal Audition:

  • 32 bar cut (about 1 minute and 30 seconds long). DO NOT SING AN ENTIRE SONG.
  • Must sing along to a track/accompaniment of some sort. No acapella auditions.
  • Must sing a musical theater song. No pop, country, etc.

Dance Audition:

West Side Story as it was intended is a dance-heavy show with nearly every cast member dancing at some point. Failure to submit a dance audition video may put an individual out of consideration for a role. You have two choices for submitting your dance audition video:

  • Wear comfortable clothing so that the lines of the body may be seen.

Here is the YouTube link to the dance audition demo: DEMO

The music is "Cool" from West Side Story: The New Broadway Cast Recording, 3:14-3:53. Here is the link to the music that will start at the 3:10 mark: MUSIC

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