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`WEST SIDE STORY’ SETTING IS RIGHT DOWN THE ALLEY - BEHIND PROVO TOWN SQUARE

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The alley behind Provo Town Square will be the setting for "West Side Story," which opens dinner theater performances July 7. Dinner will be served from 7 until 8:15 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30. The musical will play Friday, Saturday and Monday nights through mid-August.

Director Syd Riggs and choreographer David Tinney have used the balconies and iron railings to advantage in staging the show. Said Riggs, "It's challenging because we have to work within the constraints of the buildings and with a small stage, but it's also exciting."Risers will be set up with seating to accommodate 200 people.

The cast of 25, plus five in the band, was chosen with "passion" in mind, Riggs said. " `West Side Story' is often cast too old." Riggs and Tinney chose young people who feel intensely about their characters and show it on stage, she said.

Leads are played by Janae Koralweski as Maria, Derek White as Tony, Corey Scott as Anita, Michael Rush as Bernardo, Blaze Anderson as Riff, and Eric Brotherson as Chino. Gayle Lockwood is music director.

Tickets for dinner and show are $20 per person. Reservations need to be made by phoning Town Square Backstage at 377-6905.