West Side Story



West Side Story

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by
Jerome Robbins

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Directed by
Tom McClary
Conductor
Joshua Horsch
Choreographer
Heather Arnold Torbert
Costume Designer
Edna Rentschler
Sound Designer
Michael Blake
Stage Manager
Gina Bowker
Vocal Music Director
Phillip Mackenzie Torbert
Scenic Designer
Jon Vickers-Jones
Lighting Designer
Susan L. Polay
Apprentice Coordinator
Kathi Lunardi
Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Rafacz

ABOUT THE PLAY

Shakespeare’s tragedies have usually been adapted only by operatic composers such as Rossini, Donizetti, Gounod, Adam, and Verdi. Musical composers have stuck to the Bard’s comedies and given us the likes of Kiss Me Kate, The Boys from Syracuse, Your Own Thing, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Only Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents have successfully taken a tragedy and brought it to the Broadway musical stage.

Romeo and Juliet, with its tale of bigoted, feuding clans in Renaissance Italy, has been transferred to a rough Manhattan neighborhood in the 1950s where the war is between teen gangs of native born Americans (Jets) and Puerto Ricans (Sharks). Like their Shakespearean counterparts, Tony and Maria meet, love, and lose the battle against mindless hatred-but the ending is perhaps a bit more hopeful than its antecedent. In a world still torn by senseless discrimination and violence, this ray of hope could not be more timely.

Shakespeare’s stage was a spare, open unit set that could easily house any manner of exterior and interior scenes. A line or two of dialog and the imagination of the audience were all that was needed to whisk the theatre goer from one locale to another. Taking our cue from this tradition, this production of West Side Story swiftly and fluidly moves from space to space with just the slightest scenic hints in order to heighten the relentless force of the drama.

In many ways, I feel as if the title “director” is the incorrect one for me for this production. The cast, artistic team, and design staff have so taken ownership of what you are about to seethat I think a more appropriate title for me might be “guide.” I have pointed the way here and there and suggested certain routes, but that is about it. All I can say is thank you one and all for taking me along for the journey!

Tom McClary

 

Performed July 2-3, 5-6, 8-12, 15-19, 2008

                     CAST

The Jets:                                                Their Girls:

Riff…………. Will Mills                              Graziella ……….Deb Saxe
Tony……….. Kyle Tomlin                          Velma ………….Suzie Shoffner
Action……… Matt Greer                            Minnie………… Amanda Karl
A-rab………. Joey Hergenreder                  Clarice………….PageMcDonough
Baby John… Phil Irvin                               Pauline……….. Aimee Pearsall
Snowboy….. Tristan Wilson                        Trixie…………. Tricia Timney
Big Deal……. Dan Landers-Nolan                 Anybodys…….. Ellie Gilmore
Diesel……… Andrew Saxe

The Sharks:                                          Their Girls:

Bernardo…….. Ben Thomas                      Rosalia………… Christen Buckley
Maria…………. Amberlee Weber                Consuela………. Hilary Caldwell
Anita…………. Deanalis Resto                   Teresita………… Kaitlyn Deutsch
Chino………… Erik Larson                         Francisca……… Courtney Lope
Pepe…………. Kenny Dupler                      Estella…………. Amanda Jones
Indio………… Seth Cornwall                      Margarita……… Ashley Lope
Luis………….. Will Barksdale                      Ingrid……………Stephnie Shoffner
Anxious……… Michael Cicippio                   Sharkettes:……..Emilia Brannen
Juano……….. Tyler Greer                                                   Helen Fleischer
Toro…………. Eli Beers-Altman                                            Alexis Lunardi                                                                                               Kaitlyn Lunardi

               The Adults:
Schrank………………. Jerrod Miller
Krupke…………………Amanda Karl
Glad Hand…………….Eli Beers-Altman
Doc……………………..Gert Aron