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Friday, December 7, 2012


The Playhouse Company, Durban, by arrangement with DALRO, announces auditions for the production of the popular musical West Side Story in Durban during the festive season in 2013. The production will be directed by Ralph Lawson and choreographed by Adele Blank.

Auditions will be held in Durban on December 13, 2012, at the Playhouse.

West Side Story is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The entire original production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and originally produced on the Broadway stage by Robert E Griffith and Harold S Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

The sophisticated music, extended dance scenes and focus on social problems in West Side Story marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes Something's Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, Jet Song, I Feel Pretty, A Boy Like That, One Hand, One Heart, Gee, Officer Krupke, and Cool. 

The production calls for classically trained dancers, singers and actors. Previous professional experience in musical theatre is essential. Ladies need to bring high heel dance shoes and must be able to dance in these. Proficiency in different accents is an advantage. Auditionees must bring a headshot and full-length photograph, as well as a resumรจ to their audition.

All artists to arrive by 08h30 to register and must be available the whole day. The dance audition starts at 09h00. Singing and acting auditions to follow from this.

Auditions will be held on December 13 in studio 503 at The Playhouse Company in Durban from 09h00. Enter via stage door in Acutt Street. Artists are requested to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start in order to register.

Dance Audition:  Dance auditions will take place first and will be done in a group format.

Musical Audition:  Perform a song either from West Side Story or in the style of West Side Story. The following songs are suggested for those auditioning for specific characters, ie Tony: Something’s Coming and Maria; Maria: I Have a Love and I Feel Pretty; Anita: A Boy Like That and America; Riff: Cool; Bernardo/Sharks/Jets: The Jet Song; Girls: America.

Acting Audition: Prepare a one to two-minute monologue reflecting any of the emotional content in the show. At call backs, candidates will be asked to read from the script.   

To book an audition contact Kipi Skweyiya between 09h00 and 12h00 and 14h00 and 16h00 Monday to Friday on 031 369 9463 to register your name. No voice messages will be accepted.

Closing date for audition bookings is 12h00 noon on December 11, 2012.