Finishing touches being put on high school theater production

The cast of “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, is rehearsing all of the singing, dancing and acting required for this classic Broadway show, currently being revived in NYC. 

We are enjoying a cast of more than 40 performers, a full orchestra comprised of students and community members, a talented technical crew, a wonderful script and score, and a huge dance show.

“West Side Story” is known for its spectacular dance numbers, and our production is no exception.  This past Saturday, the cast had a “sing-through” with the orchestra, where performers experienced matching their vocals with a range of instrumentation, versus using a single piano in ordinary rehearsals.   Our technical crew will be out in full force this week adding sound, lights and sets to our production.  Bill Reardon, our set designer, has outdone himself this time as he creates a NYC skyline for us. Josie Snow, working with mentor Julie Reardon, has been working for weeks designing and dressing our cast with more than 100 costumes.  With the ongoing support of the Music Boosters organization and its mentoring programs, including the sharing of sets, props and costumes, this year’s musical remains a collaborative and learning experience for all.

 “West Side Story” opens on April 14, and plays April 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Open seating tickets for $10 each  will be on sale April 1.  Please come out and support our actors and musicians, and the performing arts in Pagosa Springs.

Photo courtesy Dale Morris
Members of the cast of the Pagosa Springs High School production of “West Side Story” rehearse their music last week, in preparation for the show’s run, April 14-18 at the high school auditorium.