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 & Choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
Directed & Choreographed by Tracey Flye ( as per Robbins’ original choreography)
June 4th – June 19th 2015
Minimum group ticket orders is 14 or more seats.
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A Timeless, Tragic Love Story, Set Against The Backdrop Of Gritty, Urban Reality.
WEST SIDE STORY is the legendary musical about star-cross’d young lovers Maria and Tony, set during the 50s in the Upper West Side of New York City. This classic musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” follows two warring New York City gangs – the white Jets, led by Riff, and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Simmering racial intolerance and hatred lead to tremendous animosity between the Sharks and Jets. When Riff’s best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo’s younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away, while the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets. With a violent confrontation seemingly inevitable, Maria and Tony find themselves trapped in the crossfire, and the stakes and tension only rise as the story rushes inexorably towards its unforgettable conclusion.
Is West Side Story Good for Kids?
In the interest of avoiding plot spoilers, we will only say one thing for certain – audience members of all ages should come armed with tissues. Like its Shakespearian inspiration, all is not well that doesn’t end well, and theatregoers expecting a pitch-perfect happy ending should enter warily.
The show does deal with many adult themes: the evils of violence, murder, and rape are addressed, and there are instances of strong language and sexual innuendo. The story itself is based on racial conflict, providing a platform to deal with issues of race, prejudice, and bigotry. While younger children will likely not be ready for this level of social examination, West Side Story is a valuable experience for theater buffs and first-timers alike. For further reference, the 1961 Academy Award-winning film is an excellent benchmark – if your group can handle that, then they (and you) will be well prepared for what will play out on our stage.
Please note: during the production there will be gunshots, physical violence, implied sexual violence, and onstage smoking of herbal cigarettes.
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SHOW TIME 2 hrs 20 minutes
Matinee: June 9 at 11:30am
Kildonan Park-2021 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R2V 2B9
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