Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's WEST SIDE STORY
Music Theatre Wichita continues its 43rd summer season this week with the second of its five large-scale productions, the classic "West Side Story." The show opened Wednesday, June 25 and continues through June 29. Scroll down for an epic look at the cast in action!
Directed by frequent guest director Mark Madama, this production is choreographed by Mark Esposito ("Jerome Robbins' Broadway") restaging Robbins' iconic original choreography. Thomas W. Douglas conducts the 28-piece orchestra, and other artistic collaborators include set designer Robert Andrew Kovach, costume designer Dixon Reynolds, hair and wig designerAlena Sellers, and lighting designer David Neville.
The production stars Ali Ewoldt as Maria, a role she has played on the Broadway national tour and at several regional theatres. Her leading man is recent University of Michigan graduate Ryan Vasquez as Tony. Shina Ann Morris ("Anything Goes," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Annie," "Cinderella") plays Anita, and Kevin Munhall ("Anything Goes") is Riff, with Michael Graceffa ("Catch Me If You Can" tour) as Bernardo.
For tickets and more information, visit www.MTWichita.org.
Barnardo (Michael Graceffa) and his Sharks attack Jet boy A-rab (Kevin Clay)
Gang leader Riff (Kevin Munhall) encourages his Jets to 'walk tall'
Tony (Ryan Vasquez) senses that 'Something's Coming'
Anita (Shina Ann Morris) sing and dance their affection for their new country in the showstopping 'America'
Anita (Shina Ann Morris) and her Shark ladies bring the song 'America' to a rousing finish
Riff (Kevin Munhall) encourages the Jets to stay 'Cool'
Riff (Kevin Munhall) leads his Jets in the 'Tonight' quintet
Bernardo (Michael Graceffa) leads his Sharks in the 'Tonight' quintet
A dream of escape turns into a nightmare of murder
Maria (Ali Ewoldt) tells the Shark girls 'I Feel Pretty'
Welcome comedy relief arrives in Music Theatre Wichita's "West Side Story" as Snowboy (Tanner Pflueger), Action (Jacob Chancellor), Baby John (Matt Borchers), Diesel (Alexander H. Miller) and the Jets perform 'Gee, Officer Krupke'
Anita (Shina Ann Morris) receives rough treatment from the Jets during a tense sequence