Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
An end of summer dance in the gym for the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City attracts members of the two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks. An end of summer dance in the gym for the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City attracts members of the two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks.
Maria (Brielle Rivera) dances the Cha-Cha with Tony (Liam Mulligan) at the community dance in the gym attended by members of both rival gangs. Maria and Tony meet at the dance for the first time. Maria (Brielle Rivera) dances the Cha-Cha with Tony (Liam Mulligan) at the community dance in the gym attended by members of both rival gangs. Maria and Tony meet at the dance for the first time.
Tony (Liam Mulligan) sings “Something’s Coming” as he thinks about Maria (Brielle Rivera). Tony (Liam Mulligan) sings “Something’s Coming” as he thinks about Maria (Brielle Rivera).
PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANAnita (Alyssa Rosario), the girlfriend of gang-leader Bernardo (Fahvian Shorey) dances as the focal point of the Shark Girls Ensemble in colorful costumes during the community gym dance. PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANAnita (Alyssa Rosario), the girlfriend of gang-leader Bernardo (Fahvian Shorey) dances as the focal point of the Shark Girls Ensemble in colorful costumes during the community gym dance.
Rif (Thomas Carolan), leader of the Jets Gang, sings “Jet Song” in front of their hangout with name “Jets” on the wall as a gang member listens. Rif is killed by a knife the next evening during a rumble between both rival gangs under a nearby highway. The stationary set on the main stage is used throughout the play. Rif (Thomas Carolan), leader of the Jets Gang, sings “Jet Song” in front of their hangout with name “Jets” on the wall as a gang member listens. Rif is killed by a knife the next evening during a rumble between both rival gangs under a nearby highway. The stationary set on the main stage is used throughout the play.

Liberty HS presents ‘West Side Story’

Monday, April 24, 2017 by Tim Gilman Special to the Bethlehem Press in School

The popular musical “West Side Story” is being presented by Liberty High School on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 1115 Linden Street. Set in the nostalgic 1950’s, the story features a rivalry between two gangs in the Upper West Side of New York City during the last days of summer. Influenced by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the playwright included some tragic consequences in the script. The main characters are Tony (Liam Mulligan) from a white gang called the Jets, who falls in love with Maria (Brielle Rivera), sister of the leader of the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang. The leaders are Riff (Thomas Carolan) and Bernardo (Fahvian Shorey), Judith Rivera has returned to Liberty H.S. as director and producer of its spring play. She is assisted by vocal director Gayle Justice, stage managers Caitlin Saege and Lucy Kitch-Peck, costume designers Ree Harringtom and Laura Papera, light designer Justin Amann, set designer Dan Mulligan, choreographer Camille Armstrong and assistant Darah Donaher, sound technician Timothy Treweek and orchestra conductor Allen Frank. Liberty Theatre will celebrate 100 years of productions in the 2017-18 school year, since “A Christmas Carol” in 1919..

Tickets: lhstheatretix@yahoo.com and 610-865-0615.