The Theater Project of Grand Junction is looking for local actors, singers and budding thespians to audition for their production of the classic musical "West Side Story". Auditions will be taking place Sunday, January 27th at the Theater Project stage. Come and be part of the gang with Riff, Tony, Bernardo and Maria.The Theater Project stage is located at 835 N. 26th Street in Grand Junction. Auditions start at 4:00 p.m. and you need to bring a completed audition packet that can be found on their website at Actors need to be 16 years of age or older and must be available for all rehearsals. The shows will run March 15th and 16th at the Grand Junction High School Auditorium stage.

"West Side Story" takes place in New York City in the summer of 1957 and is a modern telling of the classic Shakespearean play "Romero and Juliet". The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American gang. Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. With music by  Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this dark musical tragedy has been entertaining audiences since it opened on September 28, 1957 when it enjoyed a 732 show run.

If you have ever dreamed of being on the stage entertaining others, here is your chance, no experience necessary. You can be a part of this great show here in western Colorado. Get your audition packet filled out and hit the stage to sing your heart out to get the part of your favorite character.

The next live performance put on by the Theater Project of GJ is "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" with performance dates of February 15th and 16th. There will be a very special "Shows, Sweets and Spirits" performance on the 14th for you to spend Valentine's Day with your sweetheart. Tickets can be gotten online, by calling 970-261-5363 or on the day of the performance. For information on other upcoming show performances and audition dates and times, visit the Theater Project of GJ website, where they are bringing community theater back to Grand Junction.