West Side Story
musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Carmichael Auditorium - Bloomington High School South
Saturdays at 8 pm Oct 22, Oct 29 and Nov 5, 2011
Tix 323 3020 and at the door
Sounds of South, directed by Gwen Whitten Upchurch, presents West Side Story as their fall musical. Chris Miller is the music director.
The show is a tribute to the richness of Bloomington South’s musical resources: The leads are double-cast. We talked with three of them.
Senior Dan Fuson is one of the Tonys. “In some ways my role in Sounds of South parallels my role in the show. Being a senior, like Tony I’m expected to be a leader to help the newer students to fit in and to succeed.” Fuson does confess that he actually has to ignore part of his education at South. “I’ve actually had two years of Spanish, but for the role of Tony I have to be sure not to roll those ‘r’s.”
Evelyn Bauman has the role of Maria, Bernardo’s shy sister who falls for Tony. Just being in all the musicals at South hasn’t been enough for her. “I’ve also been in a couple of plays with Theatre South.” Bauman jokes that, “I’m playing a Latina, and somehow my four years of Latin isn’t helping a bit.”
Mary Baker plays the character of Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend. In a show based on Romeo and Juliet, Anita is one of the least Shakespearean of the characters in West Side Story. “She’s made up in part from the Nurse, in part from Lady Capulet, but she’s really her own person,” Baker explains. “And she says what’s on her mind.” Baker especially enjoys singing ‘America,’ and having “a sassy time of it” with the other girls.