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Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story

 
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The Jets are hot in “Cool.”
The Jets are hot in “Cool.”

Pioneer Theatre Guild: you did it again. You took an insanely ambitious musical — West Side Story — and surpassed everyone’s already high expectations. I photographed the last dress rehearsal, and I am in awe of the range of powerful emotions that explodes from every scene. Congratulations to the cast, crew, musicians, and the full creative and production team — and every other person who contributed talent and resources (to turn a phrase, it takes a city). The performances, the music, the stage-craft — all of it works in tandem to bring the story to life. We can practically taste each character’s desperate struggle to find and keep what they most desire — power, love, acceptance, equality, a better life.

Pioneer Theatre Guild is always upping the ante, and this show is no exception. You’ll notice the orchestra isn’t in a pit below the stage; it’s featured on stage throughout the entire performance, a vital part of the cityscape. To make room, the stage was pushed out into the “house” (i.e., where the audience sits). Sidewalk grates were built into the extension and are used to dramatic effect. For the first time, PTG has included adults among the cast (Pioneer staff members Charles White and David Leach both play policemen), and — another first — five high schools in the district are represented (Pioneer, Community, Skyline, Huron, and Roberto Clemente).

The production team includes: Susan Hurwitz (producer), Ashley Park (director + ptg alumna), Joel Sparks (music director), Tyler Driskill (orchestra director), Carlye Tamaren (choreographer), Ariel Hurwitz-Greene (choreographic consultant + ptg alumna), Katarzyna Mrozewska-Fenz (set and costume design), Mysti Plummer (technical director), Ciara Stella (scene shop supervisor), Laura Munson (lighting designer), Nora Curtis (scenic artist + ptg alumna), Kris Park (props designer), Patrick Shrock (sound designer), and Danny Hochster (stage manager).

Tickets

Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, April 28 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 29 @ 2pm matinee
  • Friday, May 4 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 5 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 6 @ 2pm matinee
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Prologue: the Sharks (l-r: Isaiah Davis, Nick Washington, Mitch Fehrle, and Kyp Papageorgiou).
Prologue: the Sharks (l-r: Isaiah Davis, Nick Washington, Mitch Fehrle, and Kyp Papageorgiou).
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | “Jet Song”
“Jet Song”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Maria (Clare Higgins) is impatient to start her life as a young woman in America.
Maria (Clare Higgins) is impatient to start her life as a young woman in America.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | “Dance at the Gym”: I love the Shark girls’ skirts.
“Dance at the Gym”: I love the Shark girls’ skirts.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Maria and Tony meet at the dance. (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
Maria and Tony meet at the dance. (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Tony (Ari Axelrod) will never stop saying “Maria.”
Tony (Ari Axelrod) will never stop saying “Maria.”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The Shark girls in “America”
The Shark girls in “America”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | “America” (l-r: Carly Paull-Baird, Karina Stribley, Destiny Hughbanks, and Adina Nadler)
“America” (l-r: Carly Paull-Baird, Karina Stribley, Destiny Hughbanks, and Adina Nadler)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Jet girls (Molly Cocco and Claire Crause, center) in “Cool.”
Jet girls (Molly Cocco and Claire Crause, center) in “Cool.”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The end of “Cool” — pow!
The end of “Cool” — pow!
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Lt. Schrank (Charles White) tries to get Riff (Sena Adjei) and the other Jets to reveal where the rumble with the Sharks is going to be.
Lt. Schrank (Charles White) tries to get Riff (Sena Adjei) and the other Jets to reveal where the rumble with the Sharks is going to be.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Maria and Tony stage their wedding in “One Hand, One Heart.” (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
Maria and Tony stage their wedding in “One Hand, One Heart.” (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The Sharks in “Tonight.” (l-r Isaiah Davis, Nick Washington, Jack Pilutti, Levi Brown, Kyp Papageorgiou, and Jonathan Jue-Wong)
The Sharks in “Tonight.” (l-r Isaiah Davis, Nick Washington, Jack Pilutti, Levi Brown, Kyp Papageorgiou, and Jonathan Jue-Wong)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The Jets and Sharks (and their girls) in “Tonight.”
The Jets and Sharks (and their girls) in “Tonight.”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The fist fight quickly escalates into a knife fight between Riff and Bernardo. (Sena Adjei and Levi Brown)
The fist fight quickly escalates into a knife fight between Riff and Bernardo. (Sena Adjei and Levi Brown)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Tony reflexively kills Bernardo just moments after Bernardo kills Riff.  (Ari Axelrod and Levi Brown)
Tony reflexively kills Bernardo just moments after Bernardo kills Riff. (Ari Axelrod and Levi Brown)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Riff and Bernardo’s bodies are awash in red light from below. Brilliant.
Riff and Bernardo’s bodies are awash in red light from below. Brilliant.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Tony and Maria plan to run away together. (Ari Axelrod and Clare Higgins)
Tony and Maria plan to run away together. (Ari Axelrod and Clare Higgins)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | “Somewhere” soloist Adrianna Ellis.
“Somewhere” soloist Adrianna Ellis.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Maria’s nightmare
Maria’s nightmare
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Action (far right, Hank Miller) leads the Jets in “Gee, Officer Krupke.”
Action (far right, Hank Miller) leads the Jets in “Gee, Officer Krupke.”
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Anita in “A Boy Like That.” (Carly Paull-Baird)
Anita in “A Boy Like That.” (Carly Paull-Baird)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Anita tries to get a message to Tony, but instead is taunted and physically brutalized by the Jets. (Duane Redmond and Carly Paull-Baird)
Anita tries to get a message to Tony, but instead is taunted and physically brutalized by the Jets. (Duane Redmond and Carly Paull-Baird)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Tony (Ari Axelrod) hears that Chino has killed Maria. He wants Chino to kill him, too.
Tony (Ari Axelrod) hears that Chino has killed Maria. He wants Chino to kill him, too.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | After Tony is shot, Maria pulls the gun on the gang members. (Clare Higgins)
After Tony is shot, Maria pulls the gun on the gang members. (Clare Higgins)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The final moment before curtain.
The final moment before curtain.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | The 1961 motion picture inspired the press photos. (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
The 1961 motion picture inspired the press photos. (Clare Higgins and Ari Axelrod)
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Kyp Papageorgiou, Sena Adjei, and Nick Washington.
Kyp Papageorgiou, Sena Adjei, and Nick Washington.
Pioneer Theatre Guild: West Side Story | Destiny Hughbanks, Kyp Papageorgiuo, Sena Adjei, Molly Cocco, Nick Washington, and Natalie White.
Destiny Hughbanks, Kyp Papageorgiuo, Sena Adjei, Molly Cocco, Nick Washington, and Natalie White.

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Comments

Myra!! You know how the girls shrieked and swooned when the Beatles played Ed Sullivan? That’s how I shrieked when I saw these photos and read your blog. I am your ever-lovin fan, Daddy-O.
Signed,
“Maria”‘s Mom

#1 Amy Higgins

Drat! I so wish I could see this over the weekend…but these pics are the next best thing to being there :)

#2 TeacherPatti

What superb photos, Myra! You’ve done an amazing job capturing such a very professional and wonderfully produced, terrifically performed production!

#3 Anne Butler

The pictures are splendid- could not be better.
We love the picture of our granddaughter Adriana..
Congratulations on capturing the performers and setting.
Don & Jean

#4 Don & Jean Ellis

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 14-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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