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"West Side Story" Has Message for Modern Youth

Peyton Furtado & David Loudermilk

Actress Peyton Furtado (Maria) and director David Loudermilk joined us in the studio to talk about the latest production by Thalian Association Children's Theatre (TACT): the ever-popular musical West Side Story.  This award-winning musical stays fresh across generations, and as we discussed, it might be unfortunate that racism and violence are still obstacles for youth decade after decade.  This production is dedicated to the memory of Josh Proutey, employed by the Hannah Block Community Arts Center until his life was cut short by senseless violence in downtown Wilmington in 2012.  

West Side Story has some of the most popular music crafted for the stage, composed by Leonard Bernstein, libretto by Stephen Sondheim.  Well-know favorites include  Maria, America, Somewhere, and One Hand, One Heart.  

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 and Sundays at 3:00 through October 18 at the Community Arts Center.  Tickets available at the door or here.