‘West Side Story’ hits the stage at St. Francis Prep

By Kevin Zimmerman

Tonight won’t be just any night as St. Francis Prep’s Alvernian Drama Society presents the classic musical “West Side Story,” Friday through Sunday in Fresh Meadows.

This iconic show, based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” was written by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents and directed by Jerome Robbins, and includes such Broadway standards as “Maria,” “Gee, Officer Krupke,” “I Feel Pretty” and “America.”

St. Francis Prep faculty member Donna Mejia is directing the show, which will be the second time she has brought the musical to the school during her tenure.

This version includes a cast that numbers 78, and Mejia spoke about their enthusiasm.

“They don’t want to leave rehearsal,” she said.

At Sunday’s closing performance, parents of four-year Alvernian Drama Society members will be recognized.

“West Side Story” plays Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Performances take place in the Brother Ralph Clifford Memorial Auditorium at St. Francis Prep, 61-00 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows.

For more information, contact the school at (718) 423-8810.

— Kevin Zimmerman

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