SOMERSET, NJ - The public is invited to see Franklin High School's Spring production of West Side Story at the high school starting April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm, and April 14 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $15, TAP here for details. 

West Side Story, a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by: Timothy Walton, Musically Directed by: Joe Lesky, Choreography by: Irazema Rivera, Set Design by: Anthony Francese.

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West Side Story is a musical inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.  The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood (in the early 1960s, much of the neighborhood was cleared in an urban renewal project for Lincoln Center, which changed the neighborhood's character).   

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang.  The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang's leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool".

Visit fhsvocalmusic.com for more information.

CAST LIST

RIFF...MARCUS RAMOS
TONY...RICHARD FRANCESE
BERNARDO...JOSHUA JOHNSON
MARIA...MALEAH MOON
ANITA...LESLIE BAEZ
ROSALIA...KAYLA SMITH
CONSUELO...ALEX PARRONE
FRANCISCA...OLIVIA AYALA
GIRL...STEPHANIE DIAZ



JETS
A-RAB...CHRIS RICE 
GRAZIELLA...NINA REILLY
ACTION...MATTHEW FURLONG 
VELMA...CARLY GIORDANO
SNOW BOY...MICHAEL KOUTROS 
MINNIE...EMMA MOLEY
BIG DEAL...ALEJANDRO ROMERO 
CLARICE...MADISON CASTILLO
DIESEL...STANLY URENA 
PAULIN...SARAH STEFANIAK
ANYBODYS...ARIELLE HEIMBERG 
BABY JOHN...LEE TWOMBLY 
JET GIRLS...JILLIAN SILVA, JANIYA PRISCO

SHARKS
CHINO...TEDROS ABERA 
TERESITA...EVELYN RODRIGUEZ
PEPE...NTIM ARFRIYE 
ESTELLA...CANDACE GELY
INDIO...KEVIN LUCK 
MARGARITA...CHELSEA WADE
LUIS...AKSHAY GOKUL 
FRANCISCA...ALEXIA RACINE
ANXIOUS...BRYCE GRAY 
NIBBLES...CYPRIANNI STEWART 
JUANO...JASON AMARO DAVILA 
SHARK GIRLS...BROOKE OWENS, LESLIE SALAS, ALEXIS GOODE, ZULIKA BAKSH

ADULTS
DOC...JACOB ROBINSON
SCHRANK...ASHVIN KAPOOR
KRUPKE...YUSEF COLE
GLADHAND HANNAH MARSHALL

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