Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on conception of Jerome Robbins
Directed by Bill Berry
Presented in association with Spectrum Dance Theater
Original Choreography Reproduced by: Bob Richard
Music Director: Matt Perri
Scenic Designer: Martin Christoffel
Costume Designer: Rose Pederson
Lighting Designer: Mary Louise Geiger
Sound Designer: Justin Stasiw
Hair & Wig Designer: Mary Pyanowski Jones
Production Stage Manager: JR Welden
West Side Story Cast (click for bio):
KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON
KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON
Anderson is ecstatic to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! National Tour: Something Rotten!. Regional highlights: Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Village Theatre. Proud graduate of Syracuse University! Endless thanks to the entire WSS team, Kelsey, and The Hybrid Agency. Love to Liz and his incredible family. For Nana. @KyleNicholasAnderson.
Branner makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut to star as Tony. He was seen in the National Tour of Bat Out Of Hell (Ledoux, Original North American Company), Off-Broadway in Kragtar: An American Monster Musical, and regionally at The Old Globe (October Sky), Barrington Stage (West Side Story, BTCA nomination), PCLO, Music Theatre Wichita, and Adirondack Theatre Festival. Branner received a B.F.A from the University of Michigan.
Brockett is a Seattle-based actor, director, and writer. His 5th Avenue Theatre debut was in Assassins, a co-pro with ACT. Other recent Seattle credits include Ironbound at Seattle Public Theater, A Proper Place and ZM at Village Theatre, and Peter and the Starcatcher at ArtsWest. He is also a founding member of filament: a collab lab with Sophia Franzella and Brittany Allyson.
Calliste, a Trinidad and Tobago native, received his BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts. He’s one of the four newest company members of Spectrum Dance Theater. This is his first appearance with The 5th and he hopes that the journey continues!
Cline debuted at The 5th in Carousel. He has also performed with the Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera, Spectrum Dance Theater, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, and Khambatta Dance Company. Cline is currently completing his MFA in choreography at the University of Iowa.
Corey returns to The 5th as Action. Past 5th Avenue Theatre shows include A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Oliver!, ELF-The Musical, Damn Yankees and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas).
ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ
ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ
Cruz is excited to be returning to The 5th in one of his favorite roles. The 5th: Associate Choreographer for Holiday Inn. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Paul), West Side Story. Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo), In the Heights (Ensemble/Usnavi u/s), La Cage Aux Folles, Peter Pan. Featured as a dancer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Get Down, Vinyl, and Saturday Night Live. Cruz would like to thank his mentors, teachers, and family for getting him where he is today. Mambo!
Dooley, from Philadelphia, received her BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts. She recently moved to Seattle to dance with Spectrum Dance Theater. This is her first time performing with The 5th and she hopes it’s not her last. IG: @Michele_mybelle_.
BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT
BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT
Elliot received her BFA from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. Recently, Elliot was featured in a film by Alex Crozier, The Millennial Experience, in partnership with CD Forum. Elliot is stoked to be back at The 5th, four years after performing in her first 5th Avenue Theatre production Carousel with Spectrum Dance Theater. This is Elliot’s fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Elvig is making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut, and is a recent UW Musical Theatre graduate. She is grateful to her friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in West Side Story. Instagram: @lindsaygeneil.
Farroni, born in the Dominican Republic, received a BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. This is Marco’s second season dancing with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Franco (they/them) is a Latinx performance artist working in the Seattle area. Regional credits: Native Gardens, B, JUAN PALMIERI, Proof, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Las Mariposas y Los Muertos, and Bernie’s Apartment. Franco is also a Resident Actor with Washington Ensemble Theater.
This is Gall’s sixth production at The 5th. Other shows include 1776, Wonderful Town, Pippin, and Guys and Dolls. Regional: Of Mice and Men, Diary of Anne Frank, The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird. Regional: Seattle Rep, Intiman, Kansas City Rep, St. Louis Rep, Madison Rep, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Theatreworks. Gall has been awarded four Seattle Times Footlight Awards and was nominated for a Gregory Award. Gall received an MFA from UW under the direction of Jack Clay.
5th Avenue debut! Recently: The Mistress at Riverside Theatre. Regional Credits: In the Heights (Nina, Vanessa, Carla); You’re…Charlie Brown (Sally), The Music Man, Annie, 9 to 5. TV/Film: Younger, High Fidelity, Blue Bloods, Around and Around. Mucho amor a mi Familia and The Price Group! IlianaGarcia.net. Instagram: @ilianamgarcia.
Giarratano graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2016 with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduation, Giarratano danced for two seasons with Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd, and returned as a guest artist for the 2018/19 season.
The 5th: Kiss Me, Kate. Regional: Dreamgirls. Dance/Choreography BFA Cornish College of the Arts. BDC ProSem (NYC). So much love to her family flying in from Georgia for this! Love to Mom and Andrés. For Charon, Rest in Power.
5th Avenue Theatre debut! Gonzalez just came from the Off-Broadway premiere of Clueless: The Musical where she originated the role of Lucy. Gonzalez has been on National Tour with Rock of Ages, Flashdance: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano). TV Upcoming: Katy Keene (CW). Gonzalez would not be here without the support of family and friends. She is unbelievably grateful for this opportunity.
SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
At The 5th: The Secret Garden, Carousel, Elf, Aladdin, Mame, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, My Fair Lady. Broadway: Dancing at Lughnasa, Ned and Jack, The National Health, Ah! Wilderness, Poor Murderer, The Queen and The Rebels. Griffin has appeared at all of the professional theaters in Seattle, as well as the major repertory companies across the US. He has toured nationally and internationally. He has appeared in several films, television series, and commercials. He has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1968.
Moose, Bernardo Understudy
(Moose, Bernardo Understudy)
Guevara is elated to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Tours: Legally Blonde: The Musical. Regional: Spring Awakening, In the Heights, As You Like It, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Thank you to Lisa, TPG, Bob, Bill, Simón y mi familia adorada! @Diego.Guev. DiegoGuevara.weebly.com.
Hagen couldn’t be more excited to return to The 5th’s stage after Rock of Ages (Franz), Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, and How to Succeed…He has a BA in Theatre from Whitman College and has performed at Village Theatre (Mary Poppins, Neleus); STAGEright (Into the Woods, Baker); and the Can Can Cabaret. Find the closest person near you that you don’t know and say hello; they might need it. IG: @NikHagen.
Hagendorf, originally from Houston, received his BFA in dance at the University of Arizona School of Dance and has performed with Royal Caribbean International, iKADA Contemporary Dance Company, and De Funes Dance. This is Hagendorf’s first season with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Hansen is overjoyed to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Born and raised in Washington, Hansen has studied classical ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of seven. Hansen has worked for Can Can Cabaret (Pike Place Market), Village Theatre (Newsies), Seattle Opera (Aida), and most recently dancing for Norwegian Cruise lines in the Mediterranean.
LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING
LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING
Henning is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre! The 5th: Holiday Inn. Regional: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), Cats National Tour (Cassandra), Theatre Under the Stars, North Shore Music Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Kansas City Starlight, and more. Many thanks to cast, crew, family, and friends!
Jenkins is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut! National Tour: Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Regional: In the Heights, The Wiz, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Cats. Regional: The MUNY, The John W. Engeman, North Shore Music Theatre, Phoenix Theatre. Special thanks to her family, friends, and the Penny Luedtke Agency! Follow all her adventures @karmanoelle.
Kam is delighted to be a part of this production. Previously at The 5th: Jasper in Deadland, Cinderella, and two tours of AMT. Regional: The Passage, ZM, Billy Elliot, and String. Kam is also a vocal coach and the recipient of a 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.
Lastrapes is excited to make his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Lastrapes received his BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. Regional: Newsies, In the Heights, ELF, Godspell, Last Stop on Market Street, Peter and the Starcatcher. More @ricol24 on Instagram.
Lopez is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut in West Side Story. He is currently a third year student at Cornish College of the Arts. He would like to thank his parents, Tinka Gutrick-Daley and the rest of the Cornish staff for assisting him throughout his journey. Regional: Evita (San Diego Rep), 42nd Street (San Diego Musical Theatre).
Lusardi is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Favorite regional credits include: Footloose (Ren) at Cortland Rep, 42nd Street (Andy Lee) at North Shore Music Theatre, Crazy for You (Sam) at Arrow Rock Lyceum, West Side Story with the Sioux City Symphony, Gypsy and How to Succeed…at Flat Rock Playhouse, and Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius) at Interlakes Theatre. Elon University BFA. Always love and gratitude to family.
MARTE OSIRIS MADERA
MARTE OSIRIS MADERA
Madera, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, received a BFA in Dance from San Jose State University. He has danced for Dance Kaleidoscope, sj DANCE co, Oakland Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, Lustig Dance Theater, Man Dance Company, Robert Moses’ Kin, Margaret Wingrove Dance, Central West Ballet, and Spectrum Dance Theater.
Minor, from South Central Los Angeles, holds a BA from Stanford University and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. In 2014, she co-founded No) one Art House, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Los Angeles. Minor is in her third season with Spectrum Dance Theater.
5th Avenue Theatre debut! At 18, Narvaez began ballet at the Academy of Ballet San Francisco and has participated in ProDanza’s summer intensives in Cuba. He is currently with Olympic Ballet Theatre and represented by Topo Swope Talent. Instagram: @sf_bandido.
Niemeyer is so grateful to be a part of this incredible show! At The 5th: Annie; Hunchback…; Kiss Me, Kate; Romy and Michele…, The Little Mermaid, How to Succeed…, A Chorus Line, Music Man. Up next: Olive in Spelling Bee at Village Theatre! Love to Tim!
Oliver is beyond ecstatic to be making his debut with The 5th Avenue Theatre. Regional: Newsies, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (World Premiere), The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, and Beauty and the Beast. Love to all his family and friends! Instagram: @KaydenOliver.
Petersen is thrilled for her second show with The 5th Avenue Theatre after last season’s Holiday Inn. A recent graduate from the University of Washington, she has been dancing it up onstage at Can Can Cabaret. Big thanks and much love to her supportive family! @t_uhpetersen.
Pihlaja is from New Canaan, CT, and trained with the New England Academy of Dance and Kirov Academy of Ballet. She has performed with Oregon Ballet Theatre and Thomas/Ortiz Dance and is now in her fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Pontius originally from Bremerton, studied ballet with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. He danced with Dresden Semper Oper Ballet and Victor Ullate Ballet before joining Spectrum Dance Theater. This is his fifth season working with Donald Byrd at Spectrum.
is a Chicano dance artist from the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology. This is his fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater, and second show with The 5th.
Schmid was born in Jacksonville, Florida and studied dance at Douglas Anderson SOTA. She was awarded the President’s Scholarship at Southern Methodist University where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. Schmid is currently an apprentice at Spectrum Dance Theater.
Sigward was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2015, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Dance Performance and joined Spectrum Dance Theater. She is excited to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut.
Vega-Romero is overjoyed to be making her debut at The 5th. She dedicates this performance to her abuelita, a seamstress from Habana who encouraged her to “cante desde el corazón.” Vega-Romero is an award-winning poet and screenwriter who hopes that her work will inspire other mixed-race girls to realize that “there’s a place for us.” If you would like to join her in creating that place, check out MixedRemixed.org. Thanks to her Ethnic Chameleons, the Jen Waldman Studio, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Jan Horvath, James Winn, and her friends and family. Visit her on the web at www.RebbekahVegaRomero.com or @RebbekahVR on social media.
Weglin is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre after last being seen in RSP: The Pajama Game. Other credits from The 5th include: RSP: How to Succeed…, RSP: Carousel, RSP: The Music Man, and The Music Man. SCT summer stock: RENT (Collins). ArtsWest: Heathers (JD) and Merrily We Roll Along (Charley). Heartfelt thanks to Bill, Kelsey, Trina, and this amazing cast. Love to family and friends. Dream BIG!
Wheatley is thrilled to return to The 5th after Carousel! From Vancouver, Canada, she’s an Ailey/Fordham alum in her fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater, performs aerial dance with The Cabiri, and loves teaching dance! Love to her family, Alex, and Talli. @jax609.