Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Script by Arthur Laurents
Direction by Jennifer Boesing
Musical Direction by David Moschler
Choreography by Pam Crane & David Schleiffers
ALSO TWO MATINEE PERFORMANCES:
2pm SUNDAY JULY 15** AND 22.
**JULY 15 MATINEE WILL FEATURE A TALK-BACK WITH THE AUDIENCE, YMTC DIRECTOR JENNIFER BOESING AND DAREN CAROLLO, THE DIRECTOR OF CCCT'S (Contra Costa Civic Theater) production of West Side Story happening right down the street!
YMTC's production features teens playing teens and adults playing the adult roles.
CCCT's production features adults playing the teen roles.
Cast members from both productions will join moderator, Bay Area Actress Nancy Carlin, to discuss the phenomenon of playing age on stage.
WE'RE GONNA RUMBLE IN EL CERRITO THIS SUMMER!
This classical and enduring musical--called by many the greatest American musical ever written-- is being produced with some of the Bay Area's finest young performing artists. The teenaged characters, who are at the heart of this story, will be portrayed by teenagers, and the adults who surround their lives will be played by adults.
YMTC is thrilled to bring this profoundly moving story, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet--about the power of love in an atmosphere of racism, hate and violence--to our loyal audiences and newcomers alike.
Featuring a full, live 32 piece orchestra under the direction of award-winning music director Dave Moschler.
CCCT (Contra Costa Civic Theater), just blocks away, is also producing West Side Story. Both of our shows open on July 13. In the spirit of collaboration and learning, both companies are participating in some joint events.
In particular, there will be an audience talk-balk after the YMTC matinee performance on July 15th, featuring a discussion with directors and cast members from both productions. This will be moderated by Bay Area actress Nancy Carlin who will lead a discussion on: The Phenomenon of Playing Age on Stage.
YMTC is a non-profit, Berkeley-based company that produces professional caliber musical theater while providing exceptional theater training to students from the 7th grade through university level. We bring together the Bay Area's most talented and dedicated young singer/actors with professional directors, designers, and musicians to create theater that takes on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and that is always accompanied by a full, live orchestra.