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'West Side Story' Comes Alive in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Travel back in time to the streets of New York in 1958 and watch as rival gangs the Jets and Sharks fight over turf in Staples High School’s production of "West Side Story."

This Romeo and Juliet-like musical tells the story of star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony. Tony, founder of the Jets, falls in love with Maria after spotting her at a dance attended by both gangs. The only problem is that Maria's older brother, Bernardo, is leader of the Sharks.

"It is so hard to pick a specific thing that the audience will like about the show because there are so many amazing aspects to it," said Staples Player Tyler Jent (Bernardo).

The musical, which stars a cast of 65 students, should not be missed, says Sophia Ribolla, president of the Staples Players.

"This musical will be, in my opinion, one of the most exciting that we've put on," said Ribolla, who plays Anita, Bernardo's girlfriend. "The conflict between the two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, really brings people to the edge of their seats in my experience. And with all of the fight scenes they're getting all of that excitement."

The show, which opened Friday, will be performed Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults at Staplesplayers.com . They can also be purchased at the door, as available, 30 minutes prior to the show. Only cash or checks are accepted at the door.

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