CASTING CALL: Auditions for “West Side Story” continue today—men only

If you have ever wanted to work with theatre professionals and perform in a Broadway musical, here’s your chance! The Fine Arts Department is seeking talented singers, actors, dancers, musicians and triple threats to audition for “West Side Story,” Santa Fe College’s first Broadway musical that will be performed Wed.-Sat., March 18-21, 2015.

To join the cast, you must be able to enroll in a production course and attend rehearsals during spring break, Mon.-Fri., March 2-6, 2015. “West Side Story” will be directed by Broadway actor Evan Pappas with musical direction by Evans Haile.

Audition dates and times are as follows:

  • September 10:  Women only start at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall Theatre.
  • September 11:  Men only start at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall Theatre.
  • September 12:  Men and women callbacks at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall Theatre.
  • September 13:  All cast members report to the Fine Arts Hall at 10 a.m. to meet the director and begin.

The Fine Arts Hall is located on the Northwest Campus at 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. Come prepared to read from the script and sing 16 bars of a traditional Broadway musical selection (please, no popular songs). The college will provide an accompanist. You must also be prepared to learn a 32-bar dance routine. Please wear jazz shoes and appropriate dance attire.

Director Evan Pappas has starred in Broadway productions that include “My Favorite Year” and “A Chorus Line,” in off-Broadway productions that include “I Can Get It for You Wholesale,” and in London West End productions that include “Sunday With Sondheim.” He has performed at Carnegie Hall in “Anyone Can Whistle” with Bernadette Peters and been a soloist at the Weill Recital Hall. His directing credits include “7 Brides for 7 Brothers” and “Funny Girl” in San Francisco. He is directing the new off-Broadway musical “Liberty” in fall 2014.

Evans Haile is well known to local audiences as the artistic director and music director of the Gainesville Orchestra. He is also the producing artistic director at America’s oldest professional summer theatre, The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. He spent two years as interim producing artistic director at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, and was an independent producer/conductor for nine years at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Sponsorship is provided in part by the SF College Fine Arts Department, the SF College Foundation and Arts Patron program, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

For more details about the production or the auditions, call Assistant to the Director Sarah White at 352-395-7343.

For more details about SF College’s Fine Arts Department, call Chairperson Alora Haynes, 352-395-5296.

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