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Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Rep's producing artistic director, discusses how important "West Side Story" is to the theater's five-year "American Character" project.

Asolo Rep previews the romance and rumble of "West Side Story"

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Rep's producing artistic director, discusses how important "West Side Story" is to the theater's five-year "American Character" project.

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Jenna Burns and Mark Koeck, Maria and Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "West Side Story," sing the song "Tonight."

Mary Antonini, center, leads her Puerto Rican powerhouse ladies of the Sharks gang through a rendition of "America" from Asolo Rep's production of "West Side Story."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Mary Antonini, center, leads her Puerto Rican powerhouse ladies of the Sharks gang through a rendition of "America" from Asolo Rep's production of "West Side Story."

Marilyn Caserta (left) and Mary Antonini (right) argue between the Shark girls in the classic number "America" from "West Side Story."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Marilyn Caserta (left) and Mary Antonini (right) argue between the Shark girls in the classic number "America" from "West Side Story."

Director and choreographer Joey McKneely has taught the dancers Jerome Robbins original and iconic choreography from the 1957 Broadway production.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Director and choreographer Joey McKneely has taught the dancers Jerome Robbins original and iconic choreography from the 1957 Broadway production.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Two time Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely speaks on the importance of having a youthful production with some of the cast members still in their teenage years.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Two time Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely speaks on the importance of having a youthful production with some of the cast members still in their teenage years.

Virgil Matelau and Victoria Byrd are two Booker High School students who are starring alongside professional equity actors in Asolo Rep's production of "West Side Story."

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Virgil Matelau and Victoria Byrd are two Booker High School students who are starring alongside professional equity actors in Asolo Rep's production of "West Side Story."

Daniel Russell, Michelle West, Brett Thiele, Brianna Abruzzo, Caleb Dicke and Andrés Acosta

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 |

Daniel Russell, Michelle West, Brett Thiele, Brianna Abruzzo, Caleb Dicke and Andrés Acosta

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