Algonquin Arts

Auditions

West Side Story

The January 4 audition has been canceled due to weather. Actors will be seen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 6 prior to call backs. Alternatively, actors can submit a video audition via email to [email protected]

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Directed by Ian Moore
Music Direction by Mark Megill
Choreographed by Jessica O'Brien

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION DATES
Tuesday, January 2, 2018: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Open Call
Thursday, January 4, 2018: Canceled
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 1 p.m.

CALL BACKS
Saturday, January 6, 2018 starting at 2 p.m.

Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:

  1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.

PERFORMANCES
Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.

SCHEDULE:
BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

REHEARSALS:
To begin in February of 2018. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

TECH WEEK
April 2-6. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
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, its songs a part of the nation's musical heritage.

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.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Ensemble: Singers and Strong Dancers of various ages and personalities.
Actors in the ensemble will play a variety of roles including Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls

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
Age: 25 to 30
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
Age: 25 to 35
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
Age: 18 to 21
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
Age: 25 to 30
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
Age: 20 to 25

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
Age: 15 to 25

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 erupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 60

Romeo & Juliet

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Lead Teaching Artists and Stage Direction: Ian Moore & Ruben Nagy

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION DATES
Saturday, January 20, 2018: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Open Call

CALL BACKS
Following auditions on Saturday, January 20, 2018 starting at 2:00 p.m.

Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should stay to attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
3. READ THE PLAY! Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare is public domain and can be located online, Barnes and Noble and even the local library.
4. Review and be prepared to audition with one the following character monologues:

Nurse (Act I, Scene III)
Mercutio (Act I Scene IV)
Romeo (Act II, Scene II)
Juliet (Act II, Scene V)

*Memorization is NOT required, only to be familiar with the play and characters to fully grasp the objective of the scenes in which you will be asked to read from.

5. Additionally review and be prepared that you may be asked to read from any one of the following scenes or for any one character:

Romeo & Benvolio (Act I, Scene I)
Juliet, Lady Capulet & Nurse (Act I, Scene III)
Romeo & Juliet (Act II, Scene II)
Prince, Lady Capulet, Montague & Benvolio (Act III, Scene I)

PERFORMANCES
Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m. for Local Schools
Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Algonquin Arts Theatre

SCHEDULE:
BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble
Algonquin Youth Ensemble students will study and perform William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet. Experience the process of auditioning, script analysis, and physical detail in acting while studying Shakespeare's text and learn to bring the story on its feet by speaking the language out loud as Shakespeare intended. The classroom is an educational environment structured with lessons that work hand-in- hand with the rehearsal, directing and staging of the main stage performance.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, is about forbidden love, romance, family feuding, which results in violence and death, and finally, reconciliation between the two families, as a result of their children's deaths. This class will cross-examine the similarities of the play Romeo and Juliet and the musical West Side Story through the study of plot, theme, characters and setting.

CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: February 3-March 24 (Eight Classes)
Classes start Saturday, February 3 and meet every Saturday through March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for AYE students.

REHEARSALS:
Students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role and all tech/performance dates.

Rehearsals (outside of classes) will begin in February 2018. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

DRESS REHEARSAL
April 18, 2018, starting at 6 p.m.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Ensemble: Actors of various ages and personalities.
Actors in the ensemble will play a variety of roles including: Chorus introduces each of the first two acts, setting both the theme of the play and its style. Speaking in sonnet form. Citizens of Verona are thoroughly fed up with both Capulets and Montagues, and come out armed with clubs to beat them all up in the hopes that they'll stop fighting. As well as, Watchman, Musicians, Servants and Business Owners.

Prince Escalus: From Verona has the misfortune of ruling over a state where two major families are locked in an unending war.

County Paris: A nobleman of Verona, close kin to the Prince and to Mercutio.

Montague: The head of an old family of Verona.

Capulet: The head of an old family of Verona.

Old Capulet: Capulet's cousin, is an old man, possibly even his uncle. He sits with Capulet at the feast and gossips of old times and people they know.

Romeo: The only son of the Montague family of Verona.

Mercutio: A kinsman of the Prince's, and a close friend of Romeo's.

Benvolio: Montague's nephew. By nature law-abiding and peaceful, he attempts to break up the opening quarrel only to end up embroiled in it.

Tybalt: The nephew of Capulet's wife, and that family's chief troublemaker.

Petruchio: One of Tybalt's friends. He is present at the Capulets' feast and accompanies Tybalt when the latter goes seeking Romeo the next day.

Friar Laurence: A Franciscan friar who is confessor to both Juliet and Romeo, and whom Paris immediately thinks of when he requires a priest for his wedding.

Friar John: Sent by Friar Laurence to Mantua, with letters informing Romeo that Juliet is not in fact dead.

Lady Montague: Tries to hold back her husband from doing any actual fighting, and is worried that her son Romeo might have joined in.

Lady Capulet: Approximately 28, and makes mock of her aged husband's pretensions to fighting.

Juliet: The only child of the Capulet family. A fortnight shy of fourteen, she is an obedient child, but reveals herself to be passionate and willing to betray all that she has been brought up to when she falls in love with Romeo.

Nurse: Juliet's closest companion, the woman who in essence brought her up.