We’re looking for Birmingham’s best young talent for a brand new production of West Side Story on our main stage as part of our 120th birthday celebrations.
Are you aged 14 – 25? Could this be you?
In August 2019, we are staging an exciting new production of West Side Story with an outstanding professional team. Based on Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story is a tale of teenage love on the streets of New York and we’re looking to fill the cast with exciting young performing talent from our very own city and neighbouring areas.
Who can audition?
We want a cast that represents our city – diverse and eclectic – you don’t need to come with any stage experience or formal training, just raw talent will do!
Breakin’ or Ballet, Streetdance or Soul, we don’t mind what your talent is – we’re looking for singers, dancers, actors and those with a passion to perform whatever your style. Anyone aged 14 – 25 is welcome.
It’s FREE to be involved but you must be able to attend all/most of the rehearsal and production dates listed in the table below – please check you are free and can attend before auditioning.
How do I sign up for an audition?
Auditions take place on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Jan 2019 at Birmingham Hippodrome (Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB). You will need to register to attend an audition in advance by signing up here on a short SurveyMonkey form.
The deadline to sign up is 5pm on Wed 23 Jan 2019. Please note that if you are under the age of 16, parental or guardian approval is required.
How do the auditions work?
Your audition will take the form of a 1.5 hour workshop alongside other young people looking to be part of the production.
The first 45 minutes of the audition workshop will focus on singing. Please prepare a section of a song to share on the day that is no longer than 90 seconds. It can be a musical theatre, RnB or jazz number. You don’t need to have sheet music for your song, but please bring it if you do (so we can accompany you on the piano). We won’t be able to play backing tracks on the day.
The second 45 minutes will be a movement and dance workshop. Please wear trainers and suitable loose clothing that you are able to move in (no jeans please).
There will be a maximum of 20 participants in each workshop and you will be assigned a time slot and a day to attend in advance (10 – 11.30am / 12 noon – 1.30pm / 2.30 – 4pm / 4.30 – 6pm).
We’re delighted to say we’ve had an overwhelming response to our casting call for West Side Story and have been inundated with young people wanting to audition for a role.
In order for us to see all those who’ve registered their interest, we’ve had to change our plan for auditions.
Auditions will now take place on the following days:
Fri 25 Jan
Sat 26 Jan
Sun 27 Jan
Sat 16 Feb
Sun 17 Feb
Mon 18 Feb
Tue 19 Feb
Wed 20 Feb
Thu 21 Feb
We shall contact you with an audition date and time within the next week.
Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend your designated slot, we will be unable to provide an alternative time slot.
What happens after the audition?
If you are successful at the first audition, you will be asked to return for a recall audition on Sat 9 or Sun 10 Mar 2019.
What happens if I’m selected to join the cast?
It’s FREE to take part in this production and you will be surrounded by a team of professionals, developing your skills alongside the best in the industry!
If you are selected to join the cast, you will need to attend the following rehearsal and performance dates. Exact times on each date to be confirmed at a later date. Please check you are free on all/most of these dates before auditioning.
|Full Day Rehearsals||Mon 15 – Thu 18 Apr (Easter Holidays)|
|Rehearsal Weekend||Sat 25 & Sun 26 May|
|Rehearsal & Performance at Birmingham Hippodrome’s 120th Anniversary Gala Dinner||Fri 28 (evening) & Sat 29 Jun|
|Evening Rehearsals||Mon 8, Mon 15 & Mon 22 Jul tbc|
|Full Day Rehearsals||Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug, Mon 12 – Fri 16 Aug, Mon 19 – Sat 24 Aug (Summer Holidays)|
|Technical & Dress Rehearsals||Mon 26 – Wed 28 Aug (Summer Holidays)|
|Performances||Thu 29 – Sat 31 Aug (Summer Holidays)|