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Portage Central Performing Arts presents WEST SIDE STORY FEBRUARY 6-15. BOX OFFICE WILL OPEN IN JANUARY TO RESERVE TICKETS.
￼Portage Central Performing Art’s Producer, Kathy Mulay, has announced that this year’s musical will be WEST SIDE STORY. Celebrating the movie’s 50th Anniversary, WEST SIDE STORY is considered to be one of the most powerful, timeless, and beautiful musicals ever written. Directing and staging the show will be Mulay’s daughter, Denene Mulay Koch, who has played the lead role of Maria multiple times including two years on the National Tour with husband Jeremy playing opposite her (they were engaged at the time.) Choir director, Cindy Hunter, is the musical director, and Melissa Sparks will be returning as choreographer.
Production dates are February 6,7,8,13,14,15. Auditions begin November 3rd. Filled with athletic and action filled choreography, Sparks has been holding dance workshops throughout the month of October to assist students in preparation for the dance auditions.
From the first notes to the final breath, it is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Set in the mid- 1950’s New York’s West Side, the show begins as a war is building between two rival gangs fighting over the same piece of turf: born and bred New York boys, The Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants The Sharks. In the midst of the battlefield are two young romantics, good-boy Tony, a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind, and wide- eyed Maria, the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for one another, tension between the rival groups only escalates, leading to a bloody and senseless rumble that costs both sides young lives. In spite of the violence, the true story at the core of the show is two lovers trying to find a way to be together—and whether either can survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield.
Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard
Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.
WEST SIDE STORY is a very challenging and difficult piece of theatre. It requires controlled vocal technique and skill from the leads, impressive dance skill and truthful acting from all to tell the story. But considering the tradition and history of doing unusual and challenging works, Mulay feels the students are up to it.