West Side Story
 
New London Barn Playhouse, 2017
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
THE TEAM
Directed by Keith Coughlin
Musical Direction by Jonathan Parks
Choreography by Michael Jablonski
Scenic Design by Jordan Janota
Costume Design by Jeremy Bernardoni
Lighting Design by Jennifer Reiser
Sound Design by Benvolio Montmagny
Associate Music Director: Kathleen Castellanos
Assistant to the Choreographer: Brandon Stonestreet
Assistant Costume Designer: Chloe Mullin
Production Stage Manager: Brian R. Sekinger
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Cecil Cairns
THE CAST
BABY JOHN: Joseph Allen
VELMA: Julia Bain
ACTION: Dalton Bertolone
BERNARDO: Daniel Bevins *
PAULINE/ROSALIA: Kailey Boyle
CONSUELA: Veronica Burt
ARAB: Nick Case
PEPE: Zachary Collins
MINNIE: Liza Couser
LUIS: Robert Cueva
ANYBODYS: Mackenzie Dade
INDIO: Elijah Dawson
BIG DEAL: Kevin Dort
CHINO: Peter Garza
RIFF: Jason Goldston *
MARIA: Nadina Hassan & Addie Morales
GRAZIELLA: Julia Hemp
DIESEL: Jacob Roberts-Miller
OFFICER KRUPKE: Ben Salus
ANITA: Kim Sava *
TONY: Jake Smith
TERESITA: Elana Valastro
FRANCISCA: Dori Waymer
DOC: Marc Willis
LT. SCHRANK/GLAD HAND: Adam Zeph
* Member Actors' Equity Association    + Member USA     ++ Member SDC
BRIAN'S TAKE
 
With only two days of tech and doing original choreography, the focus was on the spacing of dance numbers so we didn't get much practice at calling cues in real-time before there was an audience. This is where paying close attention in choreo rehearsals and taking notes using the lingo of the choreographer saved us. Being able to tell actors "we're going to pick up right on the Shark Charge" saved us time during tech while working on dance sequences without lyrics. The designers even started to learn where these specific points were and could give calling notes with them as anchors. I also used these anchors for giving notes during the run. Instead of saying "You're a little too far SR during the group moment in Dance at the Gym", I could say "Make sure you don't travel too far SR during the Jet Charge."