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Perrysburg High School students putting on presentation of West Side Story

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    Perrysburg high school students rehearse a scene for their upcoming musical, West Side Story.

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    West Side Story cast members rehearse a scene at Perrysburg High School.

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West Side Story cast members rehearse a scene at Perrysburg High School.

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Perrysburg High School is getting ready to rumble with its latest musical production – West Side Story, with performances set for May 1-4.

Co-directors Rob Gentry and Joel Hamilton and instrumental director Mick Smith lead a cast and crew of high school students. The show is inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in an Upper West Side neighborhood in New York in the mid-1950s.

“Even people who are not familiar with the show will love this dynamic musical,” Mr. Gentry said. “From glorious music and razor-sharp lyrics to great dance choreography that has a fresh and youthful energy.”

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Perrysburg high school students rehearse a scene for their upcoming musical, West Side Story.

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The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks' leader. 

There will be four performances at the high school auditorium: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1, 2, and 3 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale starting April 23. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $12 and available at the school box office from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Perrysburg students may purchase half-price tickets for opening night only by showing their ID.

The Perrysburg Theatre Boosters are having a dinner fund-raiser before the show at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. Tickets are $10 per person and also will be available for purchase at the box office.

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