Pulled directly from the pages of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the musical takes place on New York’s West Side in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. The show begins as a war is building between two rival gangs fighting over the same piece of turf: born and bred New York boys, The Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants The Sharks. When Tony, a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind, and Maria, the sister of Sharks leader, unexpectedly meet and fall for one another, tension between the rival groups only escalates. In spite of the violence, the true story at the core of the show is two lovers trying to find a way to be together—and whether either can survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield.
Mar 16, 17, 18, 23 & 24, 2018
Gellert Auditorium at Junipero Serra High School