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I need help DECIDING!!!!!!!! 
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Fresh Face
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Post I need help DECIDING!!!!!!!!
Hey guys! I have a dilemma. My high school is putting on WSS this year and my auditions are a week away. I cant decide whether I want to audition for Riff or Tony. I'm 6'2" 160 lbs., skinny, brown hair, green eyes, and caucasion. I'm in the tenor/ baritone range (best in the school) and i can dance pretty well. I have been in reality 2 musicals, but I have been pretty decent roles (Nicely Nicely in G+D and Kenickie in Grease).

I love Riff's character but I also love Tony's songs and the fact he's in both acts.


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Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:25 pm
Chorus Member
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Well I think it depends a lot on who your competition is. You don't sound like a perfect fit for either, but I really wouldn't have any idea till I actually saw you audition. I guess if I had to say you seem like more of a Tony, but you could judge better.

Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:30 pm
Tony Winner
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I personally prefer Riff's character over Tony's, but it's up to you.

I'd actually say that it comes down to your singing and dancing abilities. Riff's usually a pretty heavy dance role, and if I remember correctly, his solo in "Cool" is sprinkled very generously with tritones, which can be tough to sing if you don't have great control of your voice. :?

Regardless of what you decide, break a leg! And if you don't get either role, and they just throw you in one of the gangs, take it, every character has their own personality. What set West Side Story apart form other musicals at the time was the fact that their ensemble characters were all unique characters, rather than just "the ensemble."

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Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:31 am
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