MAY 19, 1997

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West Side Story

Erin Knight and other members of the Woodinville High School Theatre Company rehearse for the upcoming West Side Story.
Photo by Andrew Walgamott/Northwest News.

WHS drama The nationally-recognized Woodinville High School Theatre Company will present the classic musical West Side Story on May 23, 24, 29, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the WHS Auditorium. One hundred students and alumni are involved in the production, the biggest ever at WHS. Erin Knight plays Anita in the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
   Outside help has been hired in the form of a dance choreographer, musical director (for the 20-person professional/alumni orchestra), and a fight director at a cost of roughly $14,000. Director and WHS drama instructor Hjalmer Anderson is asking for help on the production costs, which aren't supported by the school. "Most of the money comes through ticket sales. If it doesn't come through sales, we're in debt to everybody," Anderson said. The Woodinville City Council is supporting the production by purchasing a $200 full page ad in the program. Though expensive, Anderson said that his classes should do more musicals. "Educationally, [musicals] should happen every year."
   Admission is $10 for general seating, $12 VIP seating, and $8 for WHS students with ASB cards. Make reservations by calling 483-9244 or by sending e-mail to Foxglove@msn.com. Check the Theatre Company's web page at http://whsweb.norshore.wednet.edu/departments/drama/WHTC.html.