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West Side Story

Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS

New York run: Winter Garden, September 26, 1957

Plot Synopsis

The play is set in New York City. Two rival gangs are fighting for turf: the American gang, the Jets, led by Riff, and the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, led by Bernardo.

The show opens with the two gangs fighting until it is broken up by the arrival of Krupke, a flat-foot beat cop and Shrank, an ill-tempered, bigoted detective. After the cops leave, the Jets decide the only way to solve the turf problem is to challenge the Sharks to a rumble. Riff decides to challenge Bernardo that night at the dance at the gym. Riff enlists the aid of his best friend, Tony. Tony, although a founfder of the gang, has found the Jets' activities no longer interest him, but agrees to come to the dance and help out the gang.

At the dance, the Jets and Sharks are competing again, only this time it is with wild dance steps. Tony spots a fresh, beautiful girl, with whom he ends up dancing. It is only when Bernardo angrily separates them he realizes he has been dancing with Maria, Bernardo's sister. Later that night, Tony secretly visits Maria and they pledge their love for each other in spite of their belonging to rival gangs. Meanwhile, at Doc's Drugstore, the gangs meet, and time and place for the rumble are set. Tony arrives late but manages to change the rumble from a pitched battle to a two-man fist fight.

The next day, Tony bounds into the Bridal Shop where Maria works with Bernardo's girlfriend, Anita. Anita is let in on the lovers' secret and agrees not to tell Bernardo. The rumble is about to begin, but Tony arrives and tries to reconcile the two factions. But Bernardo insults him and Riff leaps forward to defend his friend. Suddenly, knives appear and Riff is killed by Bernardo. Tony grabs Riff's blad and slays Bernardo. Tony flees to tell Maria. She finds she cannot hate Tony, saying, "It's not us. It's everything around us." When Anita realizes Maria has forgiven Tony, she is furious with her. Shrank arrives suddenly and begins to question Maria. Anita, forgiving Maria, agrees to go to the Drugstore to tell Tony that Maria will be delayed.

At the Drugstore, Anita is mauled by the Jets before she can even see Tony. In a rage, she tells them Chino found out about the lovers - and shot Maria. Doc relays this to Tony who then walks numbly into the streets screaming for Chino to come and get him too. He sees a figure in the dark: Maria. Just as the lovers reach each other, Tony is shot by Chino...

 

Songs from the Show - Act One

Prologue Jets and Sharks
Jet Song Riff and the Jets
Something's Coming Tony
Dance at the Gym Company
Maria Tony
Tonight Maria and Tony
America Anita, Rosalia and Girls
Cool Riff and the Jets
One Hand, One Heart Maria and Tony
Tonight (Reprise) Maria, Tony, Anita, Riff, Big Deal, Bernardo, Chino
The Rumble Jets, Sharks

Songs from the Show - Act Two

I Feel Pretty Maria and Girls
Ballet/Somewhere Company
Gee, Officer Krupke Jets
A Boy Like That/I Have a Love Maria and Anita
Finale Maria and Tony

 

2005-2006 Production

Presented March 3-11, 2006 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

 

Cast

THE JETS  
Tony Ben Nowell
Riff Jordan Hancey
Action Andrew Wiseman
A-Rab Joel (J.T.) Morris
Baby John Jeffery Burge
Snowboy Charles Russell
Big Deal Jonathan Harris
Diesel Brandon Postuma
THE JET GIRLS  
Graziella Jodi Robertson
Velma Brenda Solman
Minnie Allison Boudreau
Clarice Kaitlynn Martin
Pauline Christa Cullain
Anybodys Alessia Lupiano
THE SHARKS  
Bernardo Ed Librada
Chino Philip Sockett
Pepe Sylvain Roussel
Indio Aidan Dewhirst
Luis Cory Sincennes
Anxious Jay Landreville
Juano Brandon Coons
Toro Bara Rek-El-Bakhour
THE SHARK GIRLS  
Maria Shawna Morgan
Anita Roxane Delisle
Rosalia Alexis Fakouri
Consuelo Tanya Knight
Teresita Maria Mespolet
Francisca Samantha Lee
Estella Sarite Harris
Margarita Caroline Stevens
THE ADULTS  
Doc Jim Robertson
Krupke Tim Hillock
Gladhand Jim Morrison
Shrank Al Baldwin

 

Orchestra

Under the direction of Brian Boggs

Violins Ioan Harea, Brigitte Amyot, Nancy Eadie
Cello Steve Smith
Piccolo/Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax Mike Mullin
Eb Clarinet/Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet David Renaud
Flute/Clarinet/Tenor Sax Andy Frechette
Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Ian Babb
Trumpet Carmelo Scaffidi, Chris Lane
French Horn Keith Estabrooks
Trombone Marlene Hudson
Bass Trombone Drum Hudson
Bass Sol Gunner
Guitar Craig Kennedy
Keyboard John McGovern
Percussion Art Beers, Don Johnson

 

Production Team

Production Coordinator Walt Conrad
Executive Producer Lena Triebe
Director Laura Duncan
Musical Director Brian Boggs
Choreographer Linda Fournier
Accompanist John McGovern
Production Assistant John Briggs
Dance Captains Tanya Chang, Roxane Delisle
Technical Director John Solman
Set Designer Tricia Baldwin
Scenic Artist Christine Drew
Costume Designer Guylaine Roy
Wardrobe Mistress Cheryl Sheffer
Cutter Sylvie Roy-Hotte
Costume Production Manager Karole Kidd-Witiuk
Lighting Designer Rob Puchyr
Sound Designer John Cybanski
Properties Lorelei Miller
Stage Manager Rory Ingram
Assistant Stage Managers Michael Schilder, Taigan Penny
Master Carpenter Peter Wilson
Make-up Designer Tracey Lahey
Hair Designer Meacutelanie Beacutelanger
Social Convenor Lawrence Evenchick

 

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1985-1986 Production

Presented May 30 - June 7, 1986 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa

 

 1985 WSS Cast The Jets

Cast

THE JETS  
Tony Trevor John
Riff Brad Smith
Action Barry Daley
A-Rab Tony Bove
Baby John Larry Edelson
Big Deal Michael Gareau
Geetar Colin Gray
Mouthpiece Charles Maclean
Snowboy Peter Evans
Anybodys Jennifer Gould
Graziella Andrea Phillips
Velma Fay Melling
Jets Ensemble Barb Cohen, Stacey Copeland, Carol Duncan, Karen Montgomery, Shelley Simester
THE SHARKS  
Maria Joyce Landry
Anita E. Llana Nakonechny
Bernardo Phil Italiano
Chino Eugene Oscapella
Rosalia Liz Carr
Consuelo Val Keenleyside
Sharks Ensemble Eddie Baroud, Fabi Diab, Luke LaRue, Paul Legault, Maharu Ohlsen, Greg Mair, Nancy Blais, Wilma Gray, Debbie Miller-Smith, Karen Riopelle
THE ADULTS  
Krupke Alan Mainguy
Shrank Al Baldwin
Doc Vern Fraser
Gladhand Jim Robertson

 1985 WSS Cast The Sharks

Orchestra

Under the direction of Gary Morton

Reeds Mike Mullin, Jef Goodspeed, Charles Hendricks
Trumpets Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud
Trombone Drummond Hudson
Horn Nat Battersby
Violins Irving Thompson, Millicent Shaw, Neila Dickenson, Evelyn Chadwick, Tod Cadieux, Florence Dunn
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Marcello Biagioni
Guitar Neil Bateman
Piano Lorna Rice
Percussion Michel Cloutier, Art Beers

 1985 WSS Cast The Sharks Girls

Production Personnel

Production Coordinator Terry Moran
Director Nancy Turner
Musical Director Gary D. Morton
Choreographer Susie Bregg
Assistant to the Director Heather Tod
Assistant Choreographer Debbie Miller-Smith
Accompanist Lorna Rice
Dance Captains Karen Riopelle, Fay Melling
Set Designer Leslie Hutchins
Costume Designer Norma Coll
Lighting Designer Mike Jotoff
Sound and Sound effects Bill Butterworth, Frank Burke
Properties Mistress Donna Murdock
Stage Manager Malvary Cole
Assistant Stage Manager Susan Fowler
Head Flyman Don Lambton
Master Carpenter Terry Moran
Make-up Artist Billi Langtry
Hair Stylist Randy Levesque
Accent Coaching Tim O'Ray, Helen Van Der Pyl

 

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