Box Office – Rising Star Project: West Side Story

Rising Star Project: West Side Story

Jul 11 – Jul 13, 2019

Public Performances: July 12 & 13

Matinee Performance for Invited Student Groups: July 11 (Contact risingstarproject@5thavenue.org for information)

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on conception of Jerome Robbins
Directed by Kelsey Thorgalsen

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a musical on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage. Beyond being entirely student performed, the 2018/19 Rising Star Project production of West Side Story will be run by a student technical crew and supported by a team of students who have taken on roles in the marketing, development, producing, creative, and casting departments. All participants are trained and mentored by dedicated theater professionals at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Revel in the transcendent majesty of storytelling at its finest. The 5th Avenue Theatre is calling on the full breadth and depth of its artistic resources to stage an unforgettable production of West Side Story. This is musical theater as only The 5th can do it: with a cast of 40 of the finest performers ever to grace our stage, a 25-piece orchestra and the highest levels of talent and artistic dedication bar none. The dancing will bring you to the edge of your seat; the music will resonate deep in your soul; the story will lift you to the heights of passion.

Please note: The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 years and older. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. All sales final.

Know before you go: On Saturday, July 13, 4th Avenue will be closed between Union and University due to building construction work happening across the street from the theatre. 5th Avenue will remain open and unobstructed.

The performance of Rising Star Project: West Side Story on Saturday, July 13 at 2 PM will be accompanied by both audio description and ASL interpretation. Guests who would like to take advantage of these accessibility options for that performance, please contact our Guest Services team at 206.625.1900 or GuestServices@5thavenue.org.

TeenTix Members! Join us at any of the public performances for just $5 AND we've expanded our 2-for-$10 program to all three shows so you can bring anyone with you!

ALSO! Not to be missed is our special Teen Night at Rising Star Project: West Side Story. We'll have a movement workshop, a free pizza dinner, and you'll get to attend a pre-show discussion with RSP students and then see the show itself... all you have to do is register online and then buy your $5 show ticket at the door! Yes, all of this is only $5! Not a TeenTix member? Not a problem! If you're 13-19 years old, you can complete the easy online sign up process and still join us (advance is RSVP required). See you there and bring your friends!

 

Rising Star Project: West Side Story is proudly sponsored by
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation

With additional support from
Rex and Angela Bates • The Hearst Foundations • Jolene McCaw Family Foundation • Potelco, Inc. • RealNetworks Foundation • The Sabrina Roberts Memorial Fund • The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation • Schultz Family Foundation • Susie and Phil Stoller

Michael Amend and Jeffrey Ashley • Bob and Clodagh Ash • The Casey Family • Linda and Kevin Cheung - Start It! Foundation • Rob Denbrook • Gary Fuller and Randy Everett • GM Nameplate • The Jean K. Lafromboise Foundation • Judith Lybecker • Claudia and Bob Nelson • Bob and Annette Parks • Seattle Rotary Service Foundation • Elizabeth and Gary Sundem • Becca and Bill Wert • H.S. Wright III and Kate Janeway

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on conception of Jerome Robbins

Bios to come.

Rising Star Project Cast and Crew (click for bio):

GABRIEL AIRTH

GABRIEL AIRTH
Electrics

GABRIEL AIRTH

GABRIEL AIRTH
(Electrics)

He is excited to be lighting it up at the 5th Avenue Theatre!  

MADELINE ANGELOS

MADELINE ANGELOS
Directing

MADELINE ANGELOS

MADELINE ANGELOS
(Directing)

Is 17 years old attending Ballard High School. Madeline joined the creative team to experience what directing a production is truly like. She'd like to thank family for pushing her to pursue her dreams every day.  

ALIA ANTÓN

ALIA ANTÓN
Maria

ALIA ANTÓN

ALIA ANTÓN
(Maria)

She would love to thank her family for their endless support and love throughout this entire process along with Mary Jo, Kelly Willis and the entire RSP company and team!!  

DYLAN ASSAKER

DYLAN ASSAKER
Trombone

DYLAN ASSAKER

DYLAN ASSAKER
(Trombone)

Dylan Assaker plays bass trombone in the orchestra. He enjoys music more than anything. This show is amazing, and the music is his favorite soundtrack ever. 

LILY BALDWIN

LILY BALDWIN
Costume & Wardrobe

LILY BALDWIN

LILY BALDWIN
(Costume & Wardrobe)

NOAH BARR

NOAH BARR
Reeds

NOAH BARR

NOAH BARR
(Reeds)

Noah is a senior at Redmond High School. This is his first RSP, and he’s excited to play in his first pit. Thanks to M&D, the cast and the crew! 

CALLAN BARTH

CALLAN BARTH
A-Rab

CALLAN BARTH

CALLAN BARTH
(A-Rab)

This show has been a dream come true with this amazing cast and crew! Many thanks to the Frenches, Sevillas, Tuggles, Gilbertsons, and especially his parents.  

SERENA BEAUCHAMP

SERENA BEAUCHAMP
Shark Ensemble

SERENA BEAUCHAMP

SERENA BEAUCHAMP
(Shark Ensemble)

Has taken a gap year and hopes to attend Cornish. Favorite part of WSS would always be “America”. Thank you to family, Orlando and Dr. Thompson.  

AMALYA BENHAIM

AMALYA BENHAIM
Jet Ensemble - Estella

AMALYA BENHAIM

AMALYA BENHAIM
(Jet Ensemble - Estella)

Last seen in Oliver!, Amalya is elated to be back at The 5th! Favorites include Fiddler (Golde), Secret Garden (Mary), Millie (speed tapper). Majoring in Acting at BSU this Fall. 

BAYLY BENNETT

BAYLY BENNETT
Percussion

BAYLY BENNETT

BAYLY BENNETT
(Percussion)

VINCENT BENNETT

VINCENT BENNETT
Diesel

VINCENT BENNETT

VINCENT BENNETT
(Diesel)

Vincent is thrilled to perform this incredible show! Thanks to his family and friends for supporting him- being able to perform at a professional level is a dream come true!

SAM BENNETT

SAM BENNETT
Officer Krupke

SAM BENNETT

SAM BENNETT
(Officer Krupke)

Sam is elated to be making his 5th Ave debut. Previous roles include; Shrek (Shrek), Will Parker (Oklahoma), Benjamin (Joseph & TATDC). Many thanks to Mom, Dad, coaches, friends and RSP.  

WREN BERGIN

WREN BERGIN
Development

WREN BERGIN

WREN BERGIN
(Development)

MAYA BHAT

MAYA BHAT
Stage Management

MAYA BHAT

MAYA BHAT
(Stage Management)

This is Maya’s 14th and favorite show she has been a part of. She is grateful to have met an incredibly talented group of cast, crew, and mentors through RSP.

GAVIN BRADLER

GAVIN BRADLER
Chino

GAVIN BRADLER

GAVIN BRADLER
(Chino)

Just finished his sophomore year at Ballard High School. Special shoutout to his 14:48 HS Team and SCT family. To everyone who guides and pushes him, especially parents and grandparents, “Les quiero mucho.”

CADEN BRAUCH

CADEN BRAUCH
Riff

CADEN BRAUCH

CADEN BRAUCH
(Riff)

Caden Brauch is thrilled to be in this production. 5th Avenue: Holiday Inn (Charlie), A Christmas Story (Scut Farkus). Village Theatre: Writing Kevin Taylor (Tyler), ZM (Enoch Brown). Stay Cool. 

LUCAS BRITSCH

LUCAS BRITSCH
Jet Ensemble - Mouth Piece

LUCAS BRITSCH

LUCAS BRITSCH
(Jet Ensemble - Mouth Piece)

Lucas Britsch (Snowboy) is a theatre enthusiast and a freshman at CCM. He thanks the RSP staff for their dedication. Previous roles: Valjean (Les Misérables), The Baker (Into The Woods)  

SARAH BURKE

SARAH BURKE
Anita

SARAH BURKE

SARAH BURKE
(Anita)

Sarah, studying at UW, is honored to play one of her dream roles alongside this fantastic company as her first show at the 5th! Thanks to Nancy Hillman, the angel.  

KAT CALLICOAT

KAT CALLICOAT
Development

KAT CALLICOAT

KAT CALLICOAT
(Development)

ELIAS CAPESTANY

ELIAS CAPESTANY
Lt. Shrank

ELIAS CAPESTANY

ELIAS CAPESTANY
(Lt. Shrank)

Elias would like to thank thewonderful cast, crew, and the 5th Avenue Theater for this amazing opportunity. He’s had so much fun participating in RSP. Cheers!  

LEX CAPESTANY

LEX CAPESTANY
Deck Carpenter

LEX CAPESTANY

LEX CAPESTANY
(Deck Carpenter)

EMILIO CEJA

EMILIO CEJA
Shark Ensemble - Indio

EMILIO CEJA

EMILIO CEJA
(Shark Ensemble - Indio)

Emilio would like to thank the entirety of the RSP body for such a transformative process and experience. With a special shoutout to his family for the endless support. Enjoy the Show!  

ELIANA COE

ELIANA COE
Anybodys

ELIANA COE

ELIANA COE
(Anybodys)

Coe is so grateful to return to The 5th as a part of this amazing company. Regional: Village Theatre, The 5th, Showtunes Theatre Company, Kidstage, and Studio East. For Syd!  

MEGAN COOPER

MEGAN COOPER
Producing

MEGAN COOPER

MEGAN COOPER
(Producing)

OWEN CROMWELL

OWEN CROMWELL
Violin

OWEN CROMWELL

OWEN CROMWELL
(Violin)

KEVIN DEFORD

KEVIN DEFORD
Piano

KEVIN DEFORD

KEVIN DEFORD
(Piano)

Kevin's been playing piano for 4 years, but don't be fooled: he still screamed like a two-year-old the first time he could actually play his solo in The Rumble. 

OANH DUONG

OANH DUONG
Electrics

OANH DUONG

OANH DUONG
(Electrics)

ALLYSON ELLET

ALLYSON ELLET
Props

ALLYSON ELLET

ALLYSON ELLET
(Props)

This is the first show she has done with Rising Star Project. She is a student at Inglemoor high school and she is so thankful for everything she has learned.  

AMAYA ENGUIDANOS

AMAYA ENGUIDANOS
Electrics

AMAYA ENGUIDANOS

AMAYA ENGUIDANOS
(Electrics)

Amaya is a rising ninth grader at Eastside Preparatory School. She enjoys drawing and playing the guitar. Amaya would like to thank her family and Tia Pat.  

CLARE FESALBON

CLARE FESALBON
Deck Carpenter

CLARE FESALBON

CLARE FESALBON
(Deck Carpenter)

SOPHIA FOUGERE

SOPHIA FOUGERE
Costume & Wardrobe

SOPHIA FOUGERE

SOPHIA FOUGERE
(Costume & Wardrobe)

5th Ave backstage debut! Sophie is a senior at Mount Si High School, there she does scenic design and stage management: Shrek the musical, Stardust. Thanks family for all the support!  

OLIVER GIROUARD

OLIVER GIROUARD
Gladhand

OLIVER GIROUARD

OLIVER GIROUARD
(Gladhand)

is ecstatic to make his debut on the 5th stage! He has performed in theaters around Puget Sound and also enjoys playing piano. Thanks to mom and the awesome Harricks!  

LILY GREY RUDGE

LILY GREY RUDGE
Violin

LILY GREY RUDGE

LILY GREY RUDGE
(Violin)

Lilly Grey is very excited to be a part of the RSP 2019 Orchestra! She would like to thank all her fellow performers and amazing mentors.

JASMINE HARRICK

JASMINE HARRICK
Jet Ensemble - Velma

JASMINE HARRICK

JASMINE HARRICK
(Jet Ensemble - Velma)

Ecstatically returning to the 5th for her 5th performance. Much love to the amazingly kind and talented cast and crew, Mom, Dad, Eliana and everyone who made this production possible.  

LYDIA HAYES

LYDIA HAYES
Jet Ensemble - Trina

LYDIA HAYES

LYDIA HAYES
(Jet Ensemble - Trina)

She is thrilled to be dancing on the 5th Avenue Theatre's stage! She previously wrote for RSP’s 10 Minute Musicals and loves meeting new faces within the project.  

YUKA KAWAI

YUKA KAWAI
Shark Ensemble - Teresita

YUKA KAWAI

YUKA KAWAI
(Shark Ensemble - Teresita)

Yuka attends LWHS and is thrilled to participate in her first RSP show! She is a 2017 YAPI graduate. Many thanks her families both at home and at 5th Ave! 

BRYAN KINDER

BRYAN KINDER
Shark Ensemble - Luis

BRYAN KINDER

BRYAN KINDER
(Shark Ensemble - Luis)

is delighted to be in RSP! Previous 5th Avenue Credits: Annie (Newsboy) A Christmas Story (Flick) and Oliver! (Fagin’s Gang) Regional: Billy Elliot The Musical (Michael, 2016 Gregory Award Recipient) 

SPENCER KLEIN

SPENCER KLEIN
French Horn

SPENCER KLEIN

SPENCER KLEIN
(French Horn)

Spencer's previous roles have included French Horn (Into the Woods, Ragtime) and Zombie Extra (Night of the Living Dead). He will attend BU school of music in September. 

WILL KNIGHT

WILL KNIGHT
Trumpet

WILL KNIGHT

WILL KNIGHT
(Trumpet)

I’m a recent graduate of Roosevelt High School. In the fall I will be attending the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where I will major in jazz performance.

ADAM KRAYNAK

ADAM KRAYNAK
Bassoon

ADAM KRAYNAK

ADAM KRAYNAK
(Bassoon)

Adam is very excited to be part of his first musical. He would like to thank his amazing teacher, family, and friends for getting him to where he is now.  

JULIA KRAYNAK

JULIA KRAYNAK
French Horn

JULIA KRAYNAK

JULIA KRAYNAK
(French Horn)

She is incredibly happy to be a small part of this beautiful musical and loves every second of playing the music! Love you Mom, Dad, Ella, Addie, and Luke!  

LUKE KRAYNAK

LUKE KRAYNAK
Trumpet

LUKE KRAYNAK

LUKE KRAYNAK
(Trumpet)

He is going to be a junior at Eastlake High School in the Fall. He’d like to thank my parents and Philip Dungey. His favorite song is Somewhere.  

HANNAH KRIS

HANNAH KRIS
Trombone

HANNAH KRIS

HANNAH KRIS
(Trombone)

LACEY KRUEGER

LACEY KRUEGER
Jet Ensemble - Minnie

LACEY KRUEGER

LACEY KRUEGER
(Jet Ensemble - Minnie)

5th Avenue credits: Annie (Ensemble). Thank you to the RSP staff, mentors, teams, cast, orchestra, crew and donors. Thank YOU for supporting this extraordinary program. Enjoy the show! 

MAYA L'ABBE

MAYA L'ABBE
Shark Ensemble - Margherita

MAYA L'ABBE

MAYA L'ABBE
(Shark Ensemble - Margherita)

is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible show. Past favorites include The Pajama Game RSP (5th Ave.) Mary Poppins (SE), Crazy for you (NHHS). Thanks to all.  

HALLIE LACELLE

HALLIE LACELLE
Choreography

HALLIE LACELLE

HALLIE LACELLE
(Choreography)

19 years old, taking time this year to dive into the world of theater. Thankful for her family, friends, Noah, and work bosses for being so supportive. Enjoy the show!  

CHANCHAI LEWIS

CHANCHAI LEWIS
Shark Ensemble - Nibbles

CHANCHAI LEWIS

CHANCHAI LEWIS
(Shark Ensemble - Nibbles)

JULIA LILLY

JULIA LILLY
Jet Ensemble - Graziella

JULIA LILLY

JULIA LILLY
(Jet Ensemble - Graziella)

Julia is so excited to be dancing in WSS! She is studying at Seattle University, majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Affairs. Much love to M&D, and all the Lilly family for coming!  

DANIKA LOGDAHL

DANIKA LOGDAHL
Producing

DANIKA LOGDAHL

DANIKA LOGDAHL
(Producing)

Danika Logdahl is a member of the RSP Producing team and is excited to be a part of this production. Many thanks go to her family, friends, and KCMT. MAMBO! 

MICHAEL LU

MICHAEL LU
Marketing - Graphic Design

MICHAEL LU

MICHAEL LU
(Marketing - Graphic Design)

Michael Lu is an avid fan of musical theatre and visual art. He is a recent graduate of University Prep and will be attending Pitzer College in the fall.

NICOLE LY

NICOLE LY
Marketing - Social Media

NICOLE LY

NICOLE LY
(Marketing - Social Media)

Nicole Ly is a recent graduate of HM Jackson High School and is a member of the RSP Marketing Team. She will be attending NYU Tisch this upcoming fall.  

DANIEL LYONS

DANIEL LYONS
Trumpet

DANIEL LYONS

DANIEL LYONS
(Trumpet)

Is a 14-year old Trumpet player from Lake Forest Park. In the Fall, they will attend Shorecrest Highschool as a 9th grader. When they are not playing trumpet, they play piano as well.  

SARA MACH

SARA MACH
Stage Management

SARA MACH

SARA MACH
(Stage Management)

Musical theatre experience includes performing onstage, in the pit, tech crew, and stage management. She loves Narnia, whales, and the outdoors. Shoutout to everyone at RSP for being awesome! 

ZHIYU ANNIKA MAILE

ZHIYU ANNIKA MAILE
Stage Management

ZHIYU ANNIKA MAILE

ZHIYU ANNIKA MAILE
(Stage Management)

She’s been doing youth programs with 5th Avenue since 2016 and has learned a lot about theater by being a writer, director, stage manager, and more. Thank you to 5th and love to family and friends.  

TENILLE MANSON

TENILLE MANSON
Shark Ensemble

TENILLE MANSON

TENILLE MANSON
(Shark Ensemble)

Tenille is ecstatic to be a part of this amazing production. She thanks her friends and family for supporting her and the Rising Star Project for creating this incredible opportunity. 

TONY MCCAHILL

TONY MCCAHILL
Music Direction

TONY MCCAHILL

TONY MCCAHILL
(Music Direction)

Tony McCahill is a 17 year old rising senior at Garfield High School. This is his second year music directing in RSP and he hopes to do more music directing in his future.

MADISON MESSINA

MADISON MESSINA
Producing

MADISON MESSINA

MADISON MESSINA
(Producing)

Madison is a Senior at Tesla STEM High School and is thrilled to be on the RSP producing team for her second year. Big thanks to her supportive family and friends!  

SERAFINA MILLER

SERAFINA MILLER
Cello

SERAFINA MILLER

SERAFINA MILLER
(Cello)

YVONNE MMATA

YVONNE MMATA
Stage Management

YVONNE MMATA

YVONNE MMATA
(Stage Management)

ELLA MURPHY

ELLA MURPHY
Shark Ensemble

ELLA MURPHY

ELLA MURPHY
(Shark Ensemble)

Ella will study MT at UofUtah this fall. She's thrilled to be back at the 5th, sharing the stage with such talent. Big thanks to family and friends for support!  

ERNEST MUSSER

ERNEST MUSSER
Jet Ensemble - Tiger

ERNEST MUSSER

ERNEST MUSSER
(Jet Ensemble - Tiger)

is enlivened to be on the 5th Avenue stage again having previously been in Oliver. He has recently worked at Redmond High and Village Theater and would like to thank friends and family.  

JUDAH NANTO

JUDAH NANTO
Action

JUDAH NANTO

JUDAH NANTO
(Action)

Credits: Marius (Les Misérables, VTK), Centipede (James and the Giant Peach, VTK), 5th Avenue Award Nomination for Jetsam (The Little Mermaid, EHS). Thank you TRRIMA and Mom. For Dad, 3/24/13.  

IRVING NEVAREZ

IRVING NEVAREZ
Directing

IRVING NEVAREZ

IRVING NEVAREZ
(Directing)

GAIUS NUCCI

GAIUS NUCCI
Electrics

GAIUS NUCCI

GAIUS NUCCI
(Electrics)

Is so happy to be part of The Rising Star Project. Thanks to family, friends, and those at Western Washington Center for the Arts for getting them here. 

LUCAS OKTAY

LUCAS OKTAY
Baby John

LUCAS OKTAY

LUCAS OKTAY
(Baby John)

When not on stage or screen, Lucas can be found playing guitar with the indie-pop band Nightloops. He is psyched to tell this incredible love story alongside wonderful friends. 

DIEGO ORTIZ VILLACORTA SAN JUAN

DIEGO ORTIZ VILLACORTA SAN JUAN
Community Engagement

DIEGO ORTIZ VILLACORTA SAN JUAN

DIEGO ORTIZ VILLACORTA SAN JUAN
(Community Engagement)

A director, playwright, actor, and facilitator who is optimistic about liberatory/anti-racist theater. He is so proud of the youth that have come together and done powerful work in spite of the nonprofit industrial complex.

ESTEBAN ORTIZ-VILLACORTA

ESTEBAN ORTIZ-VILLACORTA
Bernardo

ESTEBAN ORTIZ-VILLACORTA

ESTEBAN ORTIZ-VILLACORTA
(Bernardo)

Esteban is a Junior at Skyline HS. He is thrilled to be debuting at the 5th as Bernardo. He thanks his family and WSS team for supporting this journey. MAMBO!  

MILO PAPERMAN

MILO PAPERMAN
Percussion

MILO PAPERMAN

MILO PAPERMAN
(Percussion)

Milo is a third time percussionist in the Rising Star Project and has enjoyed it every time. He’s really excited to tackle West Side Story with such a talented group. 

TORBEN PARKER

TORBEN PARKER
Cello

TORBEN PARKER

TORBEN PARKER
(Cello)

Is an incoming junior at Roosevelt High and has been invested in music (cello) for many years. They are passionate about the humanities, social justice, and the world around us.  

EMMA PENICK

EMMA PENICK
Props

EMMA PENICK

EMMA PENICK
(Props)

She is a senior at Stadium High School who is passionate about visual arts, music, theatre, and environmental activism. She is thankful for her family's unconditional support.

JAKOB PHIPPS

JAKOB PHIPPS
Bass

JAKOB PHIPPS

JAKOB PHIPPS
(Bass)

Jakob attended Shorecrest High School and graduated this past June. They plan to study music at CWU next year. They’d like to thank my teacher, Todd Gowers, for this amazing opportunity and experience.  

TYEIR PORTER

TYEIR PORTER
Shark Ensemble

TYEIR PORTER

TYEIR PORTER
(Shark Ensemble)

BRANDON QUEALEY

BRANDON QUEALEY
Hair & Makeup

BRANDON QUEALEY

BRANDON QUEALEY
(Hair & Makeup)

JACKSON REAGIN

JACKSON REAGIN
Tony

JACKSON REAGIN

JACKSON REAGIN
(Tony)

ABIGAIL REED

ABIGAIL REED
Violin

ABIGAIL REED

ABIGAIL REED
(Violin)

Abigail is a rising Junior at Inglemoor High School, and is excited to be in the RSP Orchestra! She has been playing violin for 10 years and hopes to be a part of many more out orchestras

SETH REMINGTON

SETH REMINGTON
Big Deal

SETH REMINGTON

SETH REMINGTON
(Big Deal)

Blessed to be back on the 5th Avenue stage! Much love to Mom, Dad, PPJ, Noah, the ManeStage Family, and this beautiful cast! Stay Cool!  

JAMES RILEY

JAMES RILEY
Shark Boy - Juano

JAMES RILEY

JAMES RILEY
(Shark Boy - Juano)

TANNER RODRIGUEZ

TANNER RODRIGUEZ
Cello

TANNER RODRIGUEZ

TANNER RODRIGUEZ
(Cello)

Tanner started playing the cello when he was six years old. Tanner also enjoys composing. This fall, he will be studying cello performance at the University of Michigan.  

SOFIA SANTOS UFKES

SOFIA SANTOS UFKES
Shark Ensemble

SOFIA SANTOS UFKES

SOFIA SANTOS UFKES
(Shark Ensemble)

Sophia is extremely excited to be making her 5th Avenue debut. She is grateful for everything RSP has taught her, and thanks her friends and family for their continuous support.  

ELIZABETH SELBERG

ELIZABETH SELBERG
Stage Crew - Rail

ELIZABETH SELBERG

ELIZABETH SELBERG
(Stage Crew - Rail)

Elizabeth is thrilled to be working with 5th Avenue for her 15th overall production. She would like to thank everyone, especially Dave and Scot who mentored her throughout the show.  

ANYA SHUKLA

ANYA SHUKLA
Marketing/Public Relations

ANYA SHUKLA

ANYA SHUKLA
(Marketing/Public Relations)

A Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Medalist, Anya is passionate about writing and the arts. Thanks to RSP, she was able to combine those interests and write about WSS!  

JASON SNOW

JASON SNOW
Rehearsal Photographer

JASON SNOW

JASON SNOW
(Rehearsal Photographer)

DANIEL SUN

DANIEL SUN
Reeds - Flute/Piccolo

DANIEL SUN

DANIEL SUN
(Reeds - Flute/Piccolo)

Daniel Sun is a rising Junior at Interlake High School who enjoys annoying his colleagues by playing piccolo next to them. He also enjoys badminton, physics, and meeting new people.  

AUDREY SZOT

AUDREY SZOT
Stage Management

AUDREY SZOT

AUDREY SZOT
(Stage Management)

This is Audrey's first RSP, and she is thankful to work alongside such talented people. Audrey would like to thank her SM team, friends, family, and her grandma.  

JESSICA TA

JESSICA TA
Props

JESSICA TA

JESSICA TA
(Props)

Jessica is a student from Rainier Beach High School. This is her first production with RSP and she is thankful for this opportunity and to have met such amazing people.  

MESGANA TEKLU

MESGANA TEKLU
Shark Girl - Rosalia

MESGANA TEKLU

MESGANA TEKLU
(Shark Girl - Rosalia)

Mesgana is a freshman at NYU’s Tisch Drama. This experience was a dream come true for her. She sends her love to the WSS team and family for all their support.

CATRYCE THOMPSON

CATRYCE THOMPSON
Sound

CATRYCE THOMPSON

CATRYCE THOMPSON
(Sound)

Her involvement in musical theater began with minor ensemble roles at age seven. She began running sound in high school. She has found a love for deck audio through RSP.  

EMMA THOMPSON

EMMA THOMPSON
Sound

EMMA THOMPSON

EMMA THOMPSON
(Sound)

Is 15 years old and is going into my sophomore year at Kentwood High School. They enjoy movies and music. Their favorite scene is when the Jets sing “Gee, Officer Krupke.”  

DJENEBA TOURE-BURKE

DJENEBA TOURE-BURKE
Sound

DJENEBA TOURE-BURKE

DJENEBA TOURE-BURKE
(Sound)

Djeneba is a Junior from Auburn Senior High School. She would like to thank her Dad, grandparents, Chris Olds and Dave Cox and her boyfriend Connor for being with her every step and challenging her to do better. 

SAM TROTT

SAM TROTT
Doc

SAM TROTT

SAM TROTT
(Doc)

is making his RSP Debut! Favorites, Studio East: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lord Aster), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio). Inglemoor High School: Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker).  

NATHANIEL URIE

NATHANIEL URIE
Jet Ensemble

NATHANIEL URIE

NATHANIEL URIE
(Jet Ensemble)

Nathaniel is an upcoming junior in high school. He enjoys musical instruments, his car, and obviously musical theatre. He wants to thank his parents for always supporting him.  

EDEN VOLD

EDEN VOLD
Jet Ensemble - Clarice

EDEN VOLD

EDEN VOLD
(Jet Ensemble - Clarice)

is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Previous credits: Billy Elliot at Village Theatre, Chicago, The Lion King, Addams Family, How to Succeed..., Anything Goes at KIDSTAGE.  

FRANCES VONADA

FRANCES VONADA
Music Directing

FRANCES VONADA

FRANCES VONADA
(Music Directing)

JING JING WANG

JING JING WANG
Shark Ensemble - Anxious

JING JING WANG

JING JING WANG
(Shark Ensemble - Anxious)

Jing Jing is grateful to be a part of RSP! They are a queer artist/activist. They have choreographed, performed, and directed at RHS, Ballyhoo, and Firefly Productions. Much love! @jingshiwang01 

JASON WOOLLEY

JASON WOOLLEY
Violin

JASON WOOLLEY

JASON WOOLLEY
(Violin)

An avid music and Nintendo fan pursuing a career in programming. This is the first pit orchestra they have played in.  

ALLISTAIR YU

ALLISTAIR YU
Violin

ALLISTAIR YU

ALLISTAIR YU
(Violin)

GAIA YUN

GAIA YUN
Reed - Clarinet

GAIA YUN

GAIA YUN
(Reed - Clarinet)

GABRIEL ZUNIGA

GABRIEL ZUNIGA
Shark Ensemble - Pepe

GABRIEL ZUNIGA

GABRIEL ZUNIGA
(Shark Ensemble - Pepe)

Gabriel is thrilled to participate in his first RSP production! He’s an upcoming senior at Ballard High. He has loved improving in dance throughout this experience. Thanks to the parents! 

West Side Story

West Side Story is an American version of Romeo and Juliet and it follows the play’s plot very closely. While Shakespeare’s tale concerns feuding aristocratic families in 15th Century Verona, West Side Story’s creators (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, choreography by Jerome Robbins) focus on a clash between second-generation Americans and newly-arrived Puerto Ricans in 1950s New York.

Adult Language:

There is a little vulgar language, but it is very mild.  Lt. Schrank, for instance, threatens to “beat the crap out of every one of you and then run you in!” 

The conflict between the characters is fueled by racial prejudice, which is illustrated by the racist language used. Lieutenant Schrank, the cop on the beat, is openly racist in his remarks to the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang (“Boy what you Puerto Ricans have done to this neighborhood.” “Get your trash out of here!” To the Jets: “I gotta put up with them and so do you!”). Later at Doc’s Candy Store, Schrank will be even more explicit: “Clear out, Spics. Sure it’s a free country and I ain’t got the right. But it’s a country with laws: and I can find the right. I got the badge, you got the skin. It’s tough all over. Beat it!”  When the Jets refuse to cooperate with Lt. Schrank, he shouts, “You oughta be taken down to the station house and have your skulls mashed to pulp! You and the tin horn immigrant scum you came from!”

The Jets complain that the Puerto Ricans are “ruinin’ free enterprise.” Bernardo and the sharks, on the other hand, point out that Tony is a “Polack”: “The mother of Tony was born in Poland; Tony was born in America, so that makes him an American. But us? Foreigners! Lice! Cockroaches!” The war council between the Jets and the Sharks escalates into racial epithets: “Move where you’re wanted!” “Back where ya came from!” “Spics!” “Micks!” “Wop!”

Sexual References:

These are implied rather than explicit. Anybodys, a girl and a wanna-be Jet, pleads: “How about me gettin’ in the gang now?” A-rab responds: “How about the gang gettin’ in – ahhh, who’d wanta?” Later when she makes fun of Baby John (“You let him be a Jet!”), he responds, “Ah, go walk the streets like ya sister.” Trying to taunt the Jets into giving him information about the coming rumble, Lt. Schrank asks one of them, “How’s the action on your mother’s mattress, Action?”

Maria pleads with Anita to lower the neck of her gown: “It is now to be dress for dancing, no longer for kneeling in front of an altar.”  Anita replies, “With those boys, you can start out dancing and end up kneeling.”  When Anita says Puerto Ricans came to America “ready, eager, with our hearts open,” Consuela echoes, “Our arms open -” and her boyfriend counters, “You came with your pants open.”

Anita, waiting for Bernardo to return from the rumble, sings, “He’ll walk in hot and tired / So what? / Don’t matter if he’s tired / As long he’s hot / Tonight!”

After the Sharks and the Jets rumble, Tony and Maria meet in Maria’s bedroom; they kiss and embrace and the lights go down.  Later they are seen asleep in the bed (there is no nudity).

Drugs/Alcohol:

The “Jet Song” observes that “When you’re a Jet, / You’re a Jet all the way / From your first cigarette / To your last dyin’ day.”

In the song “Gee Officer Krupke,” the Jets derisively claim that their delinquency is a result of their upbringing: “Our mothers all are junkies / Our fathers all are drunks / Golly Moses – Natcherly we’re punks! . . . Dear kindly judge, your honor / My parents treat me rough / With all their marijuana / They won’t give me a puff. / They didn’t wanna have me / But somehow I was had. / Leapin’ lizards – that’s why I’m so bad!” In a mocking confession to an “analyst,” another Jet declares, “My grandpa’s always plastered / My grandma pushes tea” (marijuana).

Violence/Scariness:

Like Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story begins with a brawl between rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks; the fighting is stylized and choreographed.

Two characters die in a knife fight, and a third is shot and killed; the deaths occur onstage.

In the “taunting scene,” Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend is insulted (“Bernardo’s tramp!” “Lyin’ spic!”); she is pushed, jeered at, and forced to lunge for her shawl. The attempted rape that ensues is highly stylized and choreographed rather than being depicted graphically or realistically; there is no nudity, no explicitly sexual gestures and no overt violence.