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West Side Story

West Side Story 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 Caucasian gang. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, 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”.

Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents

Tickets are available at the Kodak Center. Please contact us if you have questions.

We encourage you to share the event flyers below on social media and with everyone you know!

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Art/Life

Art/Life is a City of Rochester event series that brings family-friendly “pop-up” performances to each of the city’s quadrants – in neighborhood parks, playgrounds, community organizations and other venues – during the months of July and August. Keep your eyes and ears open because you’ll never know what type of performance Art/Life will spring on you next: storytelling, dance, theater, wildlife exhibits, and more!  

Art/Life is produced by the Multi-Cultural Community Center, sponsored by Young Audiences of Rochester, and made possible with support from the Ibero American Action League, Puerto Rican Parade Committee, Rochester Latino Theatre Company & Mood Makers Bookstore. 

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Method Machine Auditions

Fun audition coming up from Method Machine!!!!

Slightly ghoulish perhaps, but here’s your chance to be part of the living dead.

RIT amateurs and superstars—students, faculty, staff, clubs, special interest groups, sign language interpreters, storytellers, alumni, friends and families—are invited to join a “live” casting call for “Spoon River Rochester” that ends July 16.

This ambitious community art performance created by Method Machine will be a highlight of the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. The premiere will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 in downtown Rochester.

Join hundreds of performers who will portray the characters of Edgar Lee Masters’ Anthology (1915) “Spoon River,” a fictional town in which everyone is dead. Fringe Festival audiences will roam the performance as if wandering through a graveyard.

Actors will be assigned a short poem and a character from the Spoon River anthology—and the full text must be performed as is. Memorization is not required, and artists can add their own forms of creative expression: Perform the poem in your native language, compose a song using words from the poem, choreograph a dance or use puppetry to create special effects.

Actors will be assigned poems, notified of performance location, and provided with video instruction for creating simple costumes.

Register at:  www.spoonriverrochester.com

In The Heights News Coverage

Theatre companies present “In the Heights” – RochesterHomepage.net (click image below)

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Hitting the heights – City Newspaper (click image below)

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“In the Heights” on stage at RAPA – WHEC News 10 (click image below)

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“In The Heights” now playing at RAPA – Fox Rochester (click image below)

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