Mon. 16th - Sat. 21st October, 2006
at The Town Hall Theatre, Stourbridge
By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Tony: Leon Davies
Maria: Rachel Davies
Riff: Tim Guidotti
Bernardo: David Gregory
Anita: Lindsay Flavell
Chino: Cy Wooldridge
Anybodys: Jeni Hodges
Doc: Ken Clift
Lieutenant Schrank: Steve Humpherson
Officer Krupke: Fred Shaw
Glad Hand: Simon Cooper
Jets: Adam Bowles, Jonathan Dudley, Ben Edwards,
Jonathan Head, Adam Partridge,
David Shaw, Gary Townsend
Sharks: Dylan Budd, James Rowell,
James Tromans, Nathan Williams, David Wood
Graziella: Mel Glazzard
Velma: Gaynor Tromans
Jet Girls: Katherine Amphlett, Simone Garrett, Cathy Moreton,
Charis Moreton, Suzanne Nickl, Sarah Rose
Consuela: Beccie Lees
Rosalia: Anna Hough
Francisca: Natalie Harris
Shark Girls: Beth Clarke, Claire Fletcher, Katie Newey,
Emma Louise Vale, Sian Weston
Director/Choreographer: Mike Capri
Musical Director: Jonathan Hill
Accompanist: Tony Braddock
Production Secretaries: Mike Davies & David Shaw
Stage Manager: Paul Middleton
Assistant Stage Manager: Margaret Taylor
Sound Engineer: Peter Revill, Cygnet Sound
Lighting Designer: Steve Hewitt
Lighting Assistants: Su Fernandez, Dave Muirhead
Properties: Judi Davies
Scenery: Harris Scaffolding
Wardrobe Mistress: Kath Trigg
Costumes: Triple C
House Manager: Mike Davies
Assistant House Manager: Kevin Gripton
Call Boy: Sheila Harryman
Prompt: Sheila Clift
Ticket Secretary: Lorraine Lovett
Programme Editor: Ken Clift
Publicity Officer: David Gregory
Press Officer: Claire Fletcher
The action takes place on the West Side of New York City during the last days of summer. Against this backdrop, two rival gangs of youths battle for control of the territory.
Riff, the leader of the Jets, swears to drive the Sharks, led by Bernardo, from the streets. Riff determines to challenge Bernardo that night at the dance at the gym, and asks Tony, his old friend and co-founder of the Jets, to help him.
Bernardo's sister, Maria, attends the dance with Chino, the boy she is to marry. She meets Tony and despite the hatred between the gangs, they fall in love. Later, after the dance, while the gangs are meeting at Doc's drug store for a council of war, Tony visits Maria on the fire escape of her apartment, and they pledge their love, promising to meet the next afternoon at the Bridal Shop, where Maria works.
At the drugstore, the gangs agree, at Tony's insistence, to a bare fist fight between the best fighter from each gang, to take place the following night. Next day Tony visits Maria at the Bridal Shop, and she makes him promise to stop the fight.
In a deserted area under the highway the gangs meet. In the ensuing action Riff is knifed, and Tony, grabbing the weapon, knifes Bernardo in revenge. The gangs join in a frenzied battle until they are forced to flee by the sound of a police siren.
In her room, Maria is unaware of what has happened until Chino bursts in and tells her that her brother has been killed by her lover. Seizing a gun, she rushes out in search of Tony. Tony, however, has climbed the fire escape to Maria's room, and in spite of her grief she is unable to send him away. Anita knocks on Maria's door, and Tony leaves through the window to find refuge at Doc's. Anita's hatred of Tony is soon changed when she realises how much Maria loves him, and she agrees to warn Tony about Chino.
At the drugstore she is taunted by the Jets, and in her anger she leaves word for Tony that Chino has killed Maria. Tony hears the news at Doc's, and walks the streets in search of Chino. At midnight he finds Maria, but Chino appears from behind a building and shoots Tony. Drawn together by the tragedy the two gangs appear and carry Tony's body off.
'Musical has the vitality of youth' - Jerald Smith, Express & Star, 17/10/06