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West Side Story Martin Barker
August 04, 2015 : West Side Story Returns August 6 – August 9
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
 
Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s summer production of West Side Story resumes this Thursday.  The show debuted during Lancaster Festival on July 26.
 
“The two shows we did during Lancaster Festival were well-attended,” said OUL Theatre Director Victor Jones. “It was wonderful to have so many people in the crowd to enjoy the show. We now look forward to giving others in the community a chance to come and see the show.” 
 
The musical is inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
 
“Theatergoers will love seeing this legendary musical being brought to life on our stage. The beautiful and memorable songs and melodies will have the audience singing the tunes well after the production is over,” said Jones.
 
The summer production each year is a community theatre production.  That means OUL students and community members are encouraged to audition to become part of the cast. Jones said there are eight OUL students in this production, as well as 32 community cast members, and 20 community orchestra members.
 
“Everyone has been working hard all summer long to make this production a wonderful experience for all who attend,” said Jones. “I’m very proud of our cast and crew.”
 
OUL Theatre just recently announced its new season. In November, OUL Theatre will perform Neil Simon's Barefoot in the ParkThe show will run November 4 – November 8.  In December, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz will be performed on the Wagner Theatre stage, and the spring semester show will be The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan. It was also a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
 
West Side Story runs August 6 – August 9. To purchase tickets for the show visit www.ohio.edu/lancaster/events/theatre.cfm