2009 – West Side Story

ARC’s 2009 musical production was West Side Story.

West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The musical has one of the most popular storylines of all time being based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Set in Manhattan’s west side/hell’s kitchen in the mid 1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein’s score has become extremely popular over the years; it includes: Something’s Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, I Feel Pretty, One Hand, One Heart, and Cool.

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances (a successful run for the time), before going on tour. The production garnered several Tony Award nominations including Best Musical in 1958 and won the Tony in the same year for Jerome Robbins’ choreography. The show has enjoyed an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals, international success, and spawned an innovative, award-winning 1961 musical film of the same name.

Click here to read a review on ARC’s production ofWest Side Story.

Performance Season

The performance season ran over two weeks and included 7 performances:

  • Friday 3rd July: 8pm (Gala – Cocktail Attire Event) Saturday 4th July: 8pm Wednesday 8th July: 8pm Thursday 9th July: 8pm Friday 10th July: 8pm Saturday 11th July: 2pm Saturday 11th July: 8pm
  • West Side Story was performed at the Banyule Theatre,  Heidelberg.

Cast

Jets
Tony Robert Clark
Riff Julian Campobasso
Diesel Liam Smith
Baby John Nicholas Barca
A-Rab Nick Kyriakou
Action Joseph Bootten
Big Deal Tyler Delacretaz
Snowboy Nathan Slevin
Sharks
Bernado Adrian Ventura
Chino Kristian Bressanutti
Pepe Anthony Economou
Toro Giulian De Vincentis
Indio Evan Mullholland
Jose Luciano Parissi
Juano Reginald Tan
Luis Douglas Costello
Their Girls
Anybodys Lillian Broadbent
Velma Meaghan Kominiarski
Graziella Portia Chiminello
Minnie Ashleigh Psaila
Clarice Ellen Lane
Pauline Lisa Shannon
Cherie Jess King
Mary Jane Alicia Braumberger
Their Girls
Maria Lydia Killerby
Anita Lara Ishkan
Rosalia Louise Parsons
Consuela Natalie Torcaso
Francisca Michaela Ryan
Teresita Lydia Day
Estella Lucy Greco
Margarita Antigone Koutoulas
The Adults
Doc Andrew McDougall
Lieutenant Schrank James R Phillips
Officer Krupke Nicholas Durbridge
Glad Hand Jevon Scandrett

Producers (ARC Committee)

President Mark Kearney
Vice President Julian Campobasso
Treasurer Zoe Hallwright
Secretary Jessica Broadbent
General Representatives Deanna Bellen
Portia Chiminello
Ashleigh Kreveld
Diana Perini

Artistic Team

Co-Directors Matthew Spiteri
Anthony Ventura
Musical Director Christine Munro
Choreographer Carla Gianinotti
Assistant Directors Rebecca Mignone
Stephen Valeri
Assistant Choreographer Stephanie Laiacona

Production Team

Costume Manager Priya Namana
Costumes Assistant Stephanie Gaspodini
Front of House Co-ordinator Lee Gambin
Graphic Designer Frank Gullone
Lighting Designer/Operator Karla Engdahl
Make-up Designer Tegan Brockley
Properties Team Portia ChiminelloStephen ValeriAnthony Ventura
Publicist Paul Campobasso
Set Construction Manager Andrew McDougall
Set Designer Andrew McDougall
Sound Designer Marcello Lo Ricco
Sound Operator Steven Cooke
Sound Assistant Patrick Gooden
Stage Manager Andrew Jameson
Assistant Stage Manager Olivia Scalzo
Ticket Secretaries Mark Kearney
Sara Lacey
Amelia van Lint
Orchestra Ross Chapman
David Kennelly
Megan Linke
Gabby Buckle
Corey Hall
Miles Izzo
Kane Nelson
Emma Rodda
Gyula Csezko
Heloise Meighan
Simon D’Aquino
Anthony Kapolitsas
Jonathan Mullins