West Side Story: students renew classic; photos available

Gettysburg College's Department of Theatre Arts and Sunderman Conservatory of Music presented "West Side Story" at the Majestic Theater in November.

A photo gallery captures some highlights of the classic musical.

Theatre Arts Prof. Christopher Kauffman directed a cast of 36 including senior Peter Mele who played Bernardo, leader of the Sharks; sophomore Robby Ford who played Riff, leader of the Jets; senior Melissa Weisbach who played Maria; and guest artist Ben Sasnett who played Tony. Students also performed in the full pit orchestra.

"West Side Story" is the award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." 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.

The set was designed by Theatre Arts Prof. Jerome O. Hanson. Choreography was by Julie Herber. Musical direction was by John "Buzz" Jones and vocal direction by Kathleen Sasnett, both professors at the Sunderman Conservatory. Costume design was 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: Tue, 25 Nov 2008

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