Theater Project takes on ‘West Side Story’

A few members of the The Theater Project’s cast for “West Side Story” rehearse in advance of performances set for Friday and Saturday, March 15–16, at Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

Boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after, but not in this musical.

“West Side Story” will be presented by The Theater Project at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

Based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “West Side Story” was a successful Broadway show and tells the story of “two young idealistic lovers who find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks,” according to a news release.

“Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time,” the news release said.

“The play takes place on the west side of New York City,” said Joy Potter, owner of The Theater Project. “Like Romeo and Juliet, ‘West Side Story’ is about dating someone from the wrong side of tracks and the love you can’t have, wanting to date someone not acceptable in your ethnic group.”

A technical design crew of 10–15 volunteers created the costumes and sets for the scenes that take place on the street, in a gym at school, an alley and a drug store, Potter said.

The cast of 35 adults features Kelly Scheib as Maria; Kyle Reed Evans as Tony; Michaela Sessum as Anita; and Ben Dial as Bernardo. There also is a chorus of youth ages 16–18.

Tickets to “West Side Story” cost $15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors.

The Theater Project is an adult community theatre company that presents professional quality theater and music theater performances.

Proceeds from ticket sales for “West Side Story” and other performances benefit the Youth Theater Project, a tuition-free theater and dance program for youth in the Grand Valley.

Call 261-5363 or visit for ticket and performance information.


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