Gettysburg College to present 'West Side Story' at Majestic Theater Nov. 6-9

GETTYSBURG, Pa - Gettysburg College's Department of Theatre Arts and Sunderman Conservatory of Music will present "West Side Story" at the Majestic Theater.

The musical will take place Nov. 6 to 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at 717-337-8200 and cost $20, $15 or $10, with a $5 discount for all Gettysburg College students.

"West Side Story" is the award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliette." It centers on racial tension between two New York City gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. At the core is a love story about two teenagers from opposite sides attempting to end the violence and unite the streets.

Theatre Arts Prof. Christopher Kauffman directs a cast of 36 members including senior Peter Mele who plays Bernardo, leader of the Sharks; sophomore Robby Ford who plays Riff, leader of the Jets; senior Melissa Weisbach who plays Maria; and guest artist Ben Sasnett who plays Tony.

The set will be designed by Theatre Arts Prof. Jerome O. Hanson, choreography by Julie Herber, musical direction by John "Buzz" Jones with vocal direction by Kathleen Sasnett, both professors at the Sunderman Conservatory, costume design by Zenis Goshorn and lighting design by Jonathan Stiles. The original play is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and book by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Lawrese Brown, class of 2010

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2008

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