The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 25, 2008


“Something great is coming...”

Allen Bantly (left) of Carlisle and Frank Gill put the finishing touches on the West Side Story set. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

Tony and Maria, the Jets and the Sharks, and Officer Krupke live again in the timeless musical, West Side Story, the spring production of the Concord Players.

In addition to the poignant music of Leonard Bernstein, the unforgettable lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins contribute to the overall texture of the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1950s. The classic love story of Maria and Tony plays out against the rumbles of the neighborhood rival gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.

Just as important as the music, the lyrics and the dancing are the sets created for this production. Brian Harris is the set designer and Allen Bantly of Carlisle is the chief of set construction.

West Side Story opens tonight with a reception at 7 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord, and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Performances continue on April 26, May 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Matinees are on April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $20. To order, call 1-978-369-2990 or order online at ∆

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