Gulfport Little Theatre is proud to present West Side Story directed by Cal Walters. This new production of the timeless classic mesmerizes audience of all ages from the first note to the final breath. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features beloved American musical theatre classics including “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The show runs July 25-27 and August 1-3 with curtain at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinee performances Sundays with curtain at 2pm. There will also be a special benefit performance on Saturday, August 2 at 2pm.
West Side Story tells the tragic love story between lead characters Maria, portrayed by Beckah Campbell, and Tony, played by Benjamin Rorabaugh, each from different neighborhoods in New York City. The strength of their love cannot overcome the hatred between warring street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. With an extraordinary cast, brilliant lighting design, and an iconic score soaring throughout, theatre goers will fall in love with West Side Story all over again.
GLT’s production of West Side Story includes a cast of nearly 50 performers from along the Coast, creative scenery, music under the direction of Bonnie Hoeg and Kate Sawyer Fleming, a live orchestra conducted by Cheri Cruso, and stunning choreography by Britney Kuehn and Leah Tennyson Rodgers. West Side Story also features the return to the stage of two Coast veterans, Jim Russell and Anthony Kalberg, to reprise their roles as Doc and Glad Hands, respectively. Angel Barnes is Producer and Eleanor Johnson is Stage Manager.
The run of West Side Story will also include a special matinee performance on Saturday, August 2, at 2pm to benefit one of GLT’s own, dancer Brianna Medina, who most recently performed at GLT in last summer’s Joseph and who would be dancing with the cast of West Side Story had she not been injured in an accident with and impaired driver earlier this year. She is currently undergoing rehab in Chicago to regain the use of her legs. Tickets for the benefit performance are $15.00 each.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 228-864-7983 or online at www.gulfportlittletheatre.org.