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A Bit of West Side Story History

There is so much information on the history of the making of West Side Story, the musical and film, and their differences. These questions and answers come from an article written by Ron Fassler  LEGENDS OF “WEST SIDES STORY” Sixty years ago, West Side Story opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. Even with such craftsmen as Arthur Laurents writing…
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Audiciones para West Side Story

Audition information in English Un recuento contemporánea de Shakespeare Romeo y Julieta con música fantástica de Leonard Bernstein. Esperamos ver una gran variedad de edades, etnias, talentos y fortalezas en las audiciones. Venga a las audiciones y disfrute de la fantástica música de West Side Story! Ubicación:  Recreation Station (A Bourbonnais Township Park Facility District) …
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“Give Me Something to Dance About, and I’ll Dance It.”

By Veronica Kravat The Prologue… Dance at the Gym… America… Cool… Some of the biggest and most iconic dance numbers in musical theatre and movie history come out of this exciting show that I get to be a part of this summer! West Side Story is the dream for any dancer. When Acting Out Theatre…
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West Side Story Auditions

Información de la audición en español A contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with fantastic music by Leonard Bernstein. We look forward to seeing a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, talents and strengths at auditions. Come on out for auditions and enjoy the fantastic music of West Side Story!

“Life is good here in our town.”

Dear Friends, As we begin a new year, it is only natural that we contemplate our past successes and blessings, and dream of our future. As I think about Acting Out Theatre Company, I feel very fortunate be a part of a company that is so community-minded. As I think of our community, my mind…
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Could it be? Yes it could. Something’s coming. Something good.

By Paula Denault WEST SIDE STORY Leonard Bernstein: Composer Arthur Laurents: Bookwriter Stephen Sondheim: Songwriter Jerome Robbins: Choreographer and director Peter Genarro: Co-choreographer One of the most famous recreations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is West Side Story which transfers this classic love story to the west side of New York City. In 1947, Jerome…
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Be Transported to the West Side…

By Ryan Schultz AOTC always seems to find the right show at the right time.  Of course, there is always something to celebrate and this year is no exception.  I like to think it a happy accident that we decided to prepare West Side Story mere weeks before the 100th birthday of its composer, Leonard…
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Embarking on Staging a Story

By Shannon Woodruff As the New Year dawns, I find myself starting the process of directing the stage action for “West Side Story” this coming summer.  In my private moments I find I’m second guessing myself. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!)  I ask questions like, “Am I capable of…
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Picture This 2017

We say good-bye to 2017 with a look back…Happy New Year to you all! “Movin’ on up” We moved our shoppe to the 2nd floor of Peddinghaus…. BBCHS Robotics teams lent a very needed hand! Our staff assembled and ready for duty! Audition time! Beauty and the Beast dance workshop. Our check-in table! Read-thru with…
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Warm Holiday Wishes

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holidays from the Acting Out Theatre Co. family! I like to imagine she is pointing and telling him,  “put i the ornament right there” Here are a few images of Acting Out Holiday cards from years gone by… 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011