West Side Story

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One of the greatest love stories of all time takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Star-crossed young lovers Tony and Maria find themselves caught in a turf war between rival gangs — the Puerto Rican Sharks and the American Jets — as they dream of being together in a world without prejudice in New York City's derelict Upper West Side during the turbulent 1950s.

West Side Story features breathtaking choreography, charismatic characters, and a sweeping score including memorable songs like "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere," "Tonight," "America," and more.

From the first note to the final breath, this epic tale of dueling street gangs, howling police sirens, and forbidden love is as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. Don't miss it.


"West Side Story brings new level of passion to Drayton stage"
...West Side Story stands on its own...Drayton cast the best dancers in Canada... Under the direction of choreographer Lisa Stevens, the dancers body-slam, punch and stab and you can neither take a breath nor look away. These dancers are mesmerizing. A compelling and thoughtful story, presented by outstanding performers." (click to read the entire review)
                                                 — Valerie Hill, TheRecord.com

"Dancer takes on the challenge of her career for West Side Story"
Lisa Stevens loves to tackle big choreography, but West Side Story was just about the most daunting challenge she has faced in her career. "You have to listen to the instrumentation," said Stevens, "You have to make friends with the music...To choreograph something like that is very exciting." Stevens said the production has a lot of depth, in the music and the storyline. "It tugs at the heartstrings and it opens conversations," she said. "It's unforgettable, the music is sweeping and epic." (click to read the entire review)
                                                 — Valerie Hill, TheRecord.com

Production information

West Side Story
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, Waterloo, ON, Canada
May 9 to June 2, 2018
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book: Arthur Laurents
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Choreography inspired by Jerome Robbins
Director: Max Reimer
Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
Musical Director: Mark Camilleri
Producers: Drayton Entertainment

Darren Burkett - Chino
Louise Camilleri - Anita
David Cotton - Tony
Dani Jazzar - Bernardo
Anthony MacPherson - Riff
Larry Mannell - Doc
Drew Plummer - Action
Colin Sheen - A-Rab
Amber Tomlin - Maria
Aaron Walpole - Officer Krupke
Jesse Weafer - Baby John