Kahilu Theatre Holds Open Auditions for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story


The Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe will hold auditions for this year’s June 21st, 22nd, and 23rdYouth Troupe production of the musical West Side Story, on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 12-8 pm. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this Shakespeare-inspired Broadway musical was nominated for six Tony Awards in 1957 and the 1961 film received ten Academy Awards, making it one of the most well-known musicals in American history.

Director Beth Dunnington is looking for male and female actor/singer/dancers, ages 13 to 25, to play teenagers and young adults (principals, supporting roles, and ensemble) and four adult males (mid-thirties and up) to play supporting roles. These adult roles are non-singing, non-dancing parts. Actors auditioning for the adult roles should not attend the vocal / dance portion of the audition.

Singing auditions will be held from 12 pm to 2:30 or 3 pm; dance auditions from 2:30 pm to 5 pm; acting auditions from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (There will be a half-hour dinner break between 5 and 5:30.)

Those interested in auditioning are asked to bring a theatrical resume and to come prepared both vocally and physically. Part of the audition will require participants to learn and perform choreography. No monologue preparation is necessary as performers will be provided with script materials and asked to read sides. Materials will be posted under “Arts Ed” on the Kahilu Theatre home page by February 18, 2019.

Participants will be asked to sing a song from the West Side Story score, or another classical musical theatre song of their choice (please do not bring in contemporary pop or rock material). Sheet music will be provided for those who wish to sing songs from West Side Story.  For those who want to audition with a piece from another musical of the same period, we ask that sheet music be brought for the accompanist, in the correct key, or an instrumental recording on your phone that will be played on the speaker. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear; no open-toe shoes. Callbacks are Sunday, March 3rd, 12 pm to 8 pm, at the Kahilu. Performers will be notified on Feb 25th & 26th as to callback status. Part-time music rehearsals begin in May (date TBA) at the HPA village campus, with vocal coach Val Underwood; and full-time rehearsals with the entire creative team begin at the Kahilu Theatre (Monday -Saturday) on Monday, June 3rd.

The creative team for this production features director Beth Dunnington, NYC musical director Phil Kadet, vocal coach Val Underwood, and choreographer Angel Prince, with technical support by Paul Buckley and Waimea Music Center. For audition materials please visit the Kahilu Theatre website at www.kahilutheatre.org or for more information, please email director Beth Dunnington at bethbornsteindunnington@gmail.com


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