1966 - 1967
West Side Story
This brilliant musical combines a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet with a story of vivid sociological comment.
Tony, a member of a street gang called the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister of the leader of the rival gang, the Sharks. He is caught between the new emotions he feels and his old gang loyalties when the Jets determine to drive the Sharks from the streets. The young lovers are tortured by insurmountable barriers of hate and fear, but manage to find a few tender moments together, until the gangs meet for a "rumble" in which Tony kills Maria's brother. Despite this, Maria tries to protect Tony from the vengeance of the Sharks. The two are reunited for a fleeting moment, but are discovered by the Sharks, and Tony is killed. Stunned by the fruits of their violence and Maria's grief, the two gangs are awakened to the bitter realities of prejudice, and trudge silently away with Tony's lifeless body.
Dramatic Director: Joseph L. Shaver
Musical Director: Berthold Carriere
Choreographer: Richard Jones