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Floyd Dryden Middle School students to present 'West Side Story'

Posted: March 27, 2014 - 12:00am
Floyd Dryden Middle School students rehearse for "West Side Story" at Thunder Mountain High School.  Photo by Melinda Jackson
Photo by Melinda Jackson
Floyd Dryden Middle School students rehearse for "West Side Story" at Thunder Mountain High School.

Floyd Dryden Middle School will present their production of “West Side Story” at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium in three shows this weekend. The play, part of a growing tradition of presenting musical theater at the middle school, is directed by Dawn Kolden, with musical direction by Missouri Smyth. The producers are Jamie and Corrine Marks.

Showtimes for the play are Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for individuals and $25 for families (up to 4 people).

“West Side Story” was inspired by the story of “Romeo and Juliet,” a text that is required ninth grade reading. First produced in 1957, the musical featured a libretto by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Set in the 1950s in New York City, “West Side Story” explores a romance that develops amid conflict between two warring street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, the white American Jets and the newly arrived Puerto Rican Sharks. Soon after its debut, the play was lauded as an exciting and influential new work of American theater, winning three Tony awards in 1958, including Best Choreography.

The FDMS production was supported in part by a donation from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

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