1985 - 1986

West Side Story

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 founder 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. Bernardo insults him and Riff leaps forward to defend his friend. Suddenly, knives appear and Riff is killed by Bernardo. Tony grabs Riff's blade 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...


Director: Nancy Turner

Musical Director: Gary D. Morton

Choreographer: Susie Bregg

Cast

Al Baldwin

Shrank

Alan Mainguy

Krupke

Andrea Phillips

Graziella

Barry Daley

Action

Brad Smith

Riff

Charles Maclean

Mouthpiece

Colin Greay

Geetar

E. Llana Nakonechny

Anita

Eugene Oscapella

Chino

Faye Melling

Velma

Jennifer Gould

Anybodys

Jim Robertson

Gladhand

Joyce Landry

Maria

Larry Edelson

Baby John

Liz Carr

Rosalia

Michael Gareau

Big Deal

Peter Evans

Snowboy

Phil Italiano

Bernardo

Tony Bove

A-Rab

Trevor John

Tony

Val Keenleyside

Consuelo

Vern Fraser

Doc

Barb Cohen

Jet Girl

Carol Duncan

Jet Girl

Karen Montgomery

Jet Girl

Shelley Simester

Jet Girl

Stacey Copeland

Jet Girl

Eddie Baroud

A Shark

Fadi Diab

A Shark

Greg Mair

A Shark

Luke LaRue

A Shark

Maharu Ohlsen

A Shark

Paul Legault

A Shark

Debbie Miller-Smith

Shark Girl

Karen Riopelle

Shark Girl

Nancy Blais

Shark Girl

Wilma Gray

Shark Girl

Production

Art Whitehead

House Manager (Orpheus)

Bill Butterworth

Sound

Billi Langtry

Make-up Artist

Debbie Miller-Smith

Assistant Choreographer

Don Lambton

Head Flyman

Don Palmer

House Manager (Commerce)

Donna Murdock

Properties Mistress

Faye Melling

Junior Dance Captain

Frank Burke

Sound

Heather Tod

Assistant to the Director

Helen van der Pyl

Accent Coach

Karen Riopelle

Senior Dance Captain

Leslie Hutchins

Set Designer

Lorna Rice

Accompanist

Malvary Cole

Stage Manager

Mike Jotoff

Lighting Designer

Norma Coll

Costume Designer

Randy Levesque

Hair Stylist

Steve Gilchrist

Production Photographer

Susan Fowler

Assistant stage Manager

Terry Moran

Production Coordinator

Tim O'Ray

Accent Coach

Tom Mordasewicz

Master Carpenter

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