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Thursday, June 1, 2017

‘‘West Side Story, MPAC's 5th Annual Spring Musical, Friday - Sunday for 4 x only!

West Side Story

Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20 - $25

Our annual Spring production features the talents of dozens of young performers! The story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to the turbulent streets of New York City in the 1950s as star-crossed lovers are caught between rival street gangs. West Side Story originally opened on Broadway in 1957. The original musical featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The show is directed by Cathy Roy. Charles Santoro is the Musical Director. The original Jerome Robbins choreography has been adapted by Jayme Wappel.

In addition to its cast of more than 50 youth performers, Director Cathy Roy cast two Equity guest artists in their mid-20s to portray Tony and Anita. The combination of the younger actors working with the slightly older professional performers gave everyone an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by each other.

"The cast is so energetic and full of love for theater," said Scott McCreary (Tony), whose professional credits include the national tour of "Dirty Dancing" and NBC's "The Sing-Off." "It's great to have this big group of people out on stage who have that type of energy."

Since launching annual spring productions five years ago, Cathy Roy, MPAC education director and "West Side Story" director, has selected shows that present bold challenges to her cast and crew. "We see so much youth talent at MPAC. They were definitely ready to take on the challenge of 'West Side Story," she said.

"I feel like all of my hard work, dedication and commitment is finally paying off," said Christian Harvey, who has taken MPAC Performing Arts School classes for several years and now also serves as a PAS teaching assistant and Miracle Project peer volunteer. "In every production, Cathy Roy always reminds every single member of the cast, from the smallest part to the leading role, to be true to your character. She has a way of making the actors with the smallest roles feel crucial to the story that is being told. And she's right!"

Scott McCreary sings _Something_s Coming_

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