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Classic Series

West Side Story Symphony Concert Version (Rescheduled)

5.21.21

7:30 PM

5.23.21

5:00 PM

Location: Faith Chapel

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West Side Story: Symphony Concert Version is a lightly staged production featuring a cast of Broadway professionals and local performers.

Jessica Soza | Maria
Desiree Davar | Anita
Marc Koeck | Tony
Beau Hutchings | Riff

Chae Clearwood | Shark Girl
Alyssa Melder | Shark Girl
Brooke Moncada | Shark Girl & Rosalia

Jacob Logan | Jet
Travis Kuehn | Jet
CJ Jennings | Jet
Nick Dromard | Jet

Jennifer Oikawa | Accompanist
Amy Schendel | Chorus Director
Nic Dromard | Staging Director
Logan Dolence | Action

Rescheduled concert from March 14, 2020

Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS
Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Entire Original Production Directed & Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffin and Harold S. Prince by Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

West Side Story is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

West Side Story Symphony Concert Version | The Story

The creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim challenged the status quo with their release of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. It became a morality play an entire generation could relate to. It dared to talk (sing) about the social issues that were prevalent all over the nation. Issues like acceptance, tolerance, racism, and the American Dream. Does everyone have the right to live their lives as they see fit, or does that right only belong to those who are already living in America? Issues that still ring true today. The release of West Side Story was so against the norm of the Rogers and Hammerstein saturated Broadway musicals, the producers had a hard time getting Columbia Records to produce the original cast recording, even though it was nominated for multiple Tony Awards. It has since become an iconic coming-of-age story known the world over.

Jessica Soza | Maria

Jessica Soza has had the pleasure of singing in 10 cities and 7 countries all over Europe. Her most notable credits involve playing Maria with the international tour of West Side Story in 152 performances. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and obtained her BA from CSU, San Bernardino. Upon graduation, she moved to New York, during which she left to tour Europe with West Side Story. She returned to the United States after the tour closed and is now pursuing her MFA in Acting and Pedagogical Performance at CSU, Long Beach.

 

 

Desirée Devar | Anita

Desirée Davar is delighted to be returning to Billings to perform with the BSOC once again. BROADWAY: West Side Story Revival in the role of Anita. OFF-BROADWAY/TOUR: West Side Story International Tour as Anita, Where’s Charley? at NY City Center Encores! REGIONAL: Anita in West Side Story at The Ordway and with the Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan, Sally Bowles in Cabaret at MTC, Erma in Anything Goes at Goodspeed Opera House; Tiger Lily in Peter Pan at PCLO, West Side Story, and Peter Pan at Sacramento Music Circus; Can-Can and Kiss Me, Kate, at Paper Mill Playhouse; Velma Kelly in Chicago at Village Theatre; Annie at The Northshore Music Theatre; Evita at Maltz Jupiter Theatre; White Christmas at the Denver Center. FILM: Annie. TELEVISION: Glee30 Rock. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Desirée is one-half of Superheroes in Love with her husband Nicolas Dromard. They sing, dance, and act together in their critically acclaimed two-person show. First created in 2015, Superheroes in Love started as an autobiographical story of how the couple met, fell in love, and are real-life superheroes. Follow them on Instagram @SuperheroesinLove or go to www.SuperheroesinLove.com.

Her favorite role to date is Mama to her beautiful daughter, Zélia. Follow her on Instagram @DesireeDavarDromar

Marc Koeck | Tony

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Marc was most recently seen co-starring on the CBS hit show Madam Secretary and the new series The Code. Other credits include: ‘Oggle’ in John Rando’s production of High Button Shoes off-Broadway at NY City Center Encores, featured soloist in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, staring as ‘Tony’ in the 50th-anniversary international company of West Side Story, as well playing “Tony” in critically acclaimed productions at The Guthrie Theatre, Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Proud Boston Conservatory Graduate.

 

Beau Hutchings | Riff

Beau is honored to be a part of this wonderful concert experience with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Southwest Michigan, he is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Music Theatre Performance Program. Beau currently resides in New York City. Beau’s professional theatrical credits include Riff in the International Tour of West Side Story. Snowboy in the Broadway National Touring production of West Side Story. Riff in Fireside Theatre’s West Side Story. Action in New Bedford Festival Theatre’s West Side Story. And Diesel with the Abilene Opera Association’s West Side Story. The Tinman in NETworks Touring production of The Wizard of Oz, and ensemble/Tinman and Scarecrow Understudy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-orchestrated National Tour of The Wizard of Oz. He has enjoyed a tour of the Caribbean in the Broadway Musical Chicago on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Along with numerous regional theatre credits, Beau is also a professional choreographer and dance instructor. He is currently in his third season sitting on the judge’s panel for Applause Talent, a nationally recognized dance competition circuit. Beau would like to say, “Thank you to my mom and dad for their constant love and support”, and thank you for supporting the arts!     

 

*Programming subject to change