MPAC’s fifth annual spring musical will be West Side Story


MORRISTOWN — Auditions will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Theatre for principal roles and ensembles. Auditions for dancers will be Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details on casting and auditions can be reviewed by clicking here.

MPAC is looking for talented young and diverse performers between 14-23. They should be excellent singers, actors and dancers.

The show will be directed by Cathy Roy. Musical Director is Charles Santoro. The show will be staged Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4.

“We see so much talent at MPAC and they are definitely ready to take on the challenge of West Side Story,” Ms. Roy said.  “We are looking forward to putting together an amazing cast and giving them a true professional experience they will never forget. ”  

The story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to the turbulent streets of New York City in the 1950s as star-crossed lovers are caught between rival street gangs. West Side Story originally opened on Broadway in 1957. The original musical featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

“Although West Side Story originally premiered in 1957, its theme still resonates today,” Roy added.  “We are hoping by telling this powerful story that we can remind our audiences about the hope and power of love in a time of divide and tension in our society.”  

Previously, MPAC has produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2013), Hairspray (2014),  Les Miserables (2015) and Mary Poppins (2016).

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2016-2017 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center has been named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres.