School of the Arts

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts stages West Side Story

west side storyDirector Phoebe Hall conducts rehearsal

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend will conclude its 2009-10 theatre season with West Side Story.   The musical will open on Thursday, April 22 and run through Saturday, April 24 at 8 pm in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall.

This production of West Side Story features more than 60 IU South Bend students filling the various positions of actors, stage and lighting technicians, costumers, and musicians.  The lead characters will be played by Ashley Goodson (Maria), Zach Hickle (Tony), Ryan Hafron (Riff), and Victor Kamwendo (Bernardo).  Theatre faculty are supporting the production with set design by Inseung Park, lighting and sound design by Timothy Hanson, and costume construction by Jennifer Fry.  The production is being choreographed by the dance faculty that includes Carolyn Hine-Johnson, Halana Hattery, Ruby Jazayre, Lisa Marci, Karen Pajor, David Seymour, and Vladimir Sorokin.  Dean Marvin Curtis is serving as Music Director.

This production brings two special guest artists to campus.  The first is Guest Director Phoebe Hall, director of theatre at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C.  Ms. Hall, a professional actress for over 26 years, has been a speech writer and campaign manager (twice) for a N.C. State Senate candidate, a stage manager for various theatres, has acted in more than 125 stage roles, directed more than 40 shows, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience in speech, theatre, acting, directing, stage movement, creative dramatics, and voice and diction. 

The second guest artist is costume designer Yuri Cataldo.  Mr. Cataldo is a former student who earned his BA degree at IU Bloomington and went on to receive his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.  Cataldo’s theatre credits are numerous, including costume designer for the operas La Boheme at the West Bay Opera company in California and Falstaff at The Juilliard School in New York, as well as assistant costume designer for a Broadway revival of West Side Story now playing at the Palace Theater.

West Side Story is the second musical production in as many years at IU South Bend.  Dean Marvin Curtis was instrumental in its selection. “We are building on the success of Godspell from last year and showcasing our dance program.  Students are very excited about this production.  Almost 80 auditioned back in January and I am pleased at the progress of the cast.”

Tickets are available from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office for $3-$9.  For more information visit or call 574.520.4203. 

West Side Story
8 pm April 22-24
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
Tickets $3-$9

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International