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West Side Story to be performed at the Moonlight Amphitheatre by 2 award winning theatre groups!

April 24th 2012

Carlsbad Community Theatre and Encore Youth Theatre in joint collaboration proudly presents a youth production of the thrilling classic West Side Story at the

Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista.

Directed and Choreographed By: Ali Whitman

Musical Direction: Jim Tompkins MacLaine

Show dates are June 8th – 10th and June 15th -17th at 8pm (gates open at 6:30)

Tickets are available at or 760-724-2110.

Seating options – Lawn - $18.00, Reserved - $22.00, Orchestra - $25.00


Briefly about West Side Story:

West Side Story is a triumphant legend where love transcends language, time, and place. While Manhattan’s west side rumbles with the clash of Jets and Sharks, Maria and Tony seek "a somewhere" their romance can thrive. In their revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical.

More about West Side Story

West Side Story was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957. It won a Tony Award for Robbins' choreography. The play spawned an innovative 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The film won ten Academy Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Picture.

The story is set in the West 50s and West 60s of the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewalproject for Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood character.)[1][2] The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a white working-class group.[3] The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool".

About Moonlight Amphitheatre:

"An Entertainment Experience Like No Other". The Moonlight Amphitheatre is an open air venue in Vista, CA. The amphitheatre features 899 permanent seats with lawn seating for about 1200. Its manicured lawns overlook lush Brengle Terrace Park.


Picnicking at the Moonlight Amphitheatre is one of the most unique theatre-going experiences offered anywhere. Pack your own picnic supper and head to the Moonlight this summer, but leave the chairs at home because we provide them for you - free as part of your lawn seating ticket. For each musical, the gates open 90-minutes before showtime so that you can savor the experience of attending a Moonlight production: expansive green lawns for picnicking, socializing with family and friends while enjoying your picnic supper, taking in the sunset, then enjoying a breath-taking musical. This is the magic of the Moonlight!


Our new restaurant at the Moonlight Amphitheatre will be bringing you an entirely new culinary experience this summer! Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dinner with table service before the shows on the Moonlight Patio. Beautiful sunset views are guaranteed! Chef Dave Krohn and his staff will be offering an exciting new menu that will add to your Moonlight experience. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be on-sale.

Dinner reservations are now being accepted and can be made up to 48 hours before the performances of West Side Story

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