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Pace Academy Performs "West Side Story"

Pace Academy kicked off the Upper School Theatre’s 2012-13 season with "West Side Story" Nov. 8-11 in the school’s Fine Arts Center.

Pace Academy kicked off the Upper School Theatre’s 2012-13 season with "West Side Story" Nov. 8-11 in the school’s Fine Arts Center.

The musical is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" that explores the rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets, two street gangs in 1950s New York. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, its popular score features showstoppers such as "Maria," "America," "Somewhere," "Tonight" and "I Feel Pretty."

"West Side Story" was directed by longtime Pace Theatre Director George Mengert, with music direction by Beth Barrow-Titus. It featured a talented cast of 38 Upper School students, led by senior Megan McCurry as Maria and senior Joe Capelouto as Tony. Rounding out the principal cast were seniors Ben Hirsch, Alex Paré and Zach Steinfeld; juniors Cory Bush, Sam Downey and Alexandra McCorkle; sophomores Cooper Drose and Rebecca Husk; and freshman Jared Goldman.

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