Behind the ‘West Side Story’ scenes
Rockport — Construction is nearing completion for “West Side Story,” this year’s fall musical that will open Friday, Nov. 9 at Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90. Nearly 50 student “techies” have been busy designing and building sets that will showcase the cast of more than 50 performers. Others have been busy sewing costumes, making props and creating designs for the lighting, sound, hair and makeup.
Set designer Hannah Wells, a senior, has been working with a team of carpenters, engineers and painters to create the period New York setting that leaves enough room for choreographer Katie Thompson to stage numbers with more than 40 dancers. Senior Marc Belléy is lighting designer for the production, and sophomore Thatcher Chamberlain is working with junior Ryan Gass on sound design. Between makeup and hair, costumes, lighting, sound, props and stage crew, there will be nearly 25 students working behind the scenes during each performance.
“West Side Story” opened on Broadway in 1957. A collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Hal Prince, the original production ran more than 700 performances, followed by two revivals and multiple national tours. “West Side Story” is one of the most performed American musicals of all time.
Camden Hills’ show will be presented Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the school’s Strom Auditorium. Ticket information is available at stromtickets.com; general admission tickets are available at HAV II in Camden. For more information, call the box office at 236-7800, ext. 282.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.