Audition

Florence Little Theatre auditions are open to everyone.

We pride ourselves on having newcomers backstage or in the cast of every production. All auditions are held at the Florence Little Theatre. Prior experience is not required and all audition materials will be provided. Usually, those who are auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the show with others.

For musicals auditions, you will be asked to sing a song which demonstrates your vocal abilities. The musical director will go over the song before you are asked to sing. You will also be required to dance and the choreographer for the production will go over a dance with you before you dance for the director.

Sometimes, there are callbacks after the auditions; these are opportunities for the director to make his final decision before casting roles. It is important to know that not being called back does not mean that you will not be cast in the production.

West Side Story Auditions
Florence Little Theatre to hold auditions for
West Side Story
Directed by Shaw Thompson
Underwritten by Wells Fargo
 
Ages 14 and Up
 
Auditions February 9 & 12 at 7:00 PM
Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition time.
 
Production Dates
April 24-May 2, 2020
 
Audition Location
Auditions will be held at the Florence Little Theatre Main Lobby
417 S. Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506
 
Audition Information
ALL under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
All audition materials will be provided.
Please bring a non-returnable head shot if available; this does not have to be a professional photograph, a printed cellphone photo is fine.
Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move.
 
Synopsis
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. Featuring beloved songs “Maria”, “Something’s Coming”, “America”, and “I Feel Pretty”.
 
 
Character Descriptions
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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing 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
Playing Age: 30 to 60 
Ensemble
Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls