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Theatre and dance will take on ambitious musical project
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Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present the musical “West Side Story” March 20-24 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on March 20-23 with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 24.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at

“West Side Story” transfers the tale of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to New York City. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Tony and Maria, and the feud between the houses of the Montagues and the Capulets is re-created as an ongoing war involving the two teen-aged gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

With book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, “West Side Story” is one of the true American musical classics. It has unforgettable songs such as “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight.” Scott Burrell is the director, Pia Wyatt is choreographer, Andrew Lewis is musical director and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will conduct the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.

“This is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding productions we have done at Northwestern State in several years because of the number of students and faculty involved from theatre and dance and music and the demands of the show,” said Burrell. “The tale is one that goes back to Romeo and Juliet. Our version will not simply be a retelling of the movie, but will be more theatrical.”

The cast is Beau Wilson of St. Amant as Tony, Grace Brumfield of Prairieville as Maria, David Brumfield of Prairieville as Riff, DeAngelo Renard of Mandeville as Bernardo, Taylor Morgan of Baton Rouge as Anita, Polanco Jones of Metairie as Diesel, Christian Dantes of Shreveport as Action and Jacolby Glaude of Lafayette as A-Rab.

The cast also includes Will Sawyer of Fulshear, Texas, as Baby John; Kwame Lilly of Forney, Texas as Snowboy; Victoria Olivier of Lafayette as Anybodys; Leonard Harris of Baton Rouge as Chino; Tyler Robinson of Harvey as Pepe; Julian Anderson of Alexandria as Indio; Gerald Williams as Chavo; Josh DeAlba of Apopka, Fla. as Luis and Brett Stephenson of Bossier City as Anxious.

Other members of the cast are Lauren Bovia of Maurepas as Velma; Marlee Roberts of Natchitoches as Graziella; Catherine Mahan of Gonzales as Clarice; Kristi-Anne Lyons of Mandeville as Pauline; Kacey Garrett of Slidell as Minnie; Breanna Collier of Bossier City as Roni; Addie Wilson of St. Amant as Consuelo; Alisha Munds of Shreveport as Rosalia; Cara Watson of Shreveport as Francisca; Hally Lambert of St. Amant as Estella; Alexia Mullally of Colleyville, Texas as Teresita; Tim Sandifer of Baton Rouge as Lt. Shrank; Patrick Mahoney of Slidell as Officer Krupke; Aaron Wood of Arlington, Texas as Doc and Cameron Metrejean of Lafayette as Glad Hand.

Sawyer is the set designer with costume design by Jessie Parr, light design by Paul Pharris and sound design by Nick Lena of Alexandria. Phil Kidd is the technical designer and Matt Bernard of Marksville is the stage manager.
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