‘West Side Story’ Named Holland’s Choice for 2013-2014 River Campus Season


WSS0024r-editedCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 1, 2014 – The matchless work of art, “West Side Story,” will be presented in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Southeast’s River Campus.

Earl and Margie Holland, for whom the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast is named, have selected “West Side Story” as their special choice event this season at the River Campus.

And little wonder, according to Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus, who selected the show for this year’s Touring Series.

“‘West Side Story’ is – in so many ways – one of the most iconic of the American Broadway Musicals,” he said. “I doubt anyone who sees this show won’t recognize at least half its songs, which have become a staple of American music.”

More than 50 years ago, this show about New York City changed musical theatre forever. From the first note to the final breath, this is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.


Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim – a collection of standards that includes “Tonight,” “America,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere” – is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The extraordinary Tony Award-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins completely changed the language of Broadway dance.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.