West Side Story is dancing down to EPAC!

July 19 – August 4

'West Side Story,' in Ephrata, emphasizes its relevance

George Hatza, The Ephrata Review

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

1958 Best Musical Tony Nominee
Recommended for Teen and Adult Audiences

EPAC's wonderful 'West Side Story' is a win for community theater

Janelle Janci, Lancaster Online

West Side Story is an epic fan-favorite musical written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Teen rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, face more than turf wars in 1950s New York. They must confront the racism between whites and Puerto Ricans that tears them – and the city – apart.

WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPAC

Marakay Rogers, Broadwayworld.com

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OK by me in America?

Michael C. Upton, The Ephrata Review
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Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden romance buds between a boy and girl from the different gangs. Can their colorblind love overcome the racial tensions and mend the feud? The intense choreographed fights, the light comedic slice-of-life, and the heartwarming young love will keep the audience on the edge of their seats and singing into the night.

West Side Story is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by
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West Side Story will run from July 19 to August 4, at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 717-733-7966 x 1.

EPAC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who made this show possible.

EPAC's Opening Night Party Sponsor is The Hill

EPAC's Show Co-sponsors are Hagelgans & Veronis and The Hill

EPAC's Opening Night Sponsor is John and Bobbi Bear

EPAC's Closing Night Performance Sponsor is Timothy Reilly

EPAC's Individual Performance Sponsor, for July 21st is Karl and Marilyn Soutner

EPAC's 2018 season sponsor is 12:34 MicroTechnologies.

EPAC's 2018 season sponsor is Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

EPAC's 2018 season media sponsor is Blue Ridge Communications.

Win a keepsake poster commemorating West Side Story

West Side Story Show Poster

Now is your chance to purchase an original, limited-edition piece of art to bring theater into your home. A great gift for any budding theater fan, this poster will make a powerful visual statement wherever it is displayed! Each poster is $10 and will be signed and numbered by the artist to verify its authenticity.

Only 50 of these artworks will be produced, so act now to secure a piece of EPAC history that you and your family will cherish for years to come!

Once purchased, your artwork will be available for pickup at the theatre from June 7 to June 16. Shipping is not available. Simply bring your email confirmation of purchase when you come to pick up your poster!

You could be the lucky winner of a limited edition original piece of art signed by the entire cast and crew! Yes, one of these limited pieces will be secured and signed by the entire cast and crew of EPAC's production of West Side Story.

This special legacy piece is going to be raffled during the run of West Side Story with the drawing to be held closing day, August 4. You need not be present to win! Raffle tickets will be sold 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 8 for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, your home for theater that matters!


Creative Team

Ed Fernandez - Director
Irving Gonzalez - Assistant Director
Karey Getz - Stage Manager
Zach Smith - Music Director
Kristin Pontz - Choreographer
Lisa Harris - Costumer
Mark Dennis - Scenic Designer
Jeff Cusano - Lighting Design
Shaun Ressler - Sound Design
Keith Eyrich - Props
Mike Wiltraut - Production Manager
Steve Schelling - Carpenter


Brad DeLeone - Tony
Victoria Gaffey - Maria
Asher Johnson - Indio
Jeff Fisher - Schrank
Bobby Checchia - Office Krupke
John Kleimo - Doc
Michael Swanson - Glad Hand
John Laube - Somewhere Soloist
Abigail Leiboff - Somewhere Soloist

Colin DiLucido - Riff
Zach Haines - Action
Bailey Ammons - Baby John
Jordan Eck - A-Rab
Nathan Todd - Big Deal - Male Jets Dance Captain
Sean Varner - Diesel
Jared Mazeika - Snowboy
Lauren Adkins - Graziella
Heidi Carletti - Velma
Maya Burdick - Anybodys
Regina Callie Bowe - Jets Ensemble - Female Jets Dance Captain
Clara Laube - Jets Ensemble
Jessie Reynolds - Jets Ensemble
Meghan Kosmela - Jets Ensemble

Ian Sanchez - Bernardo
Julian Ruiz - Chino
Jake McClellan - Pepe
Cara Clase - Anita
Erin Haafke - Rosalia
Sani Pereira - Consuela
Jordyn McCrady - Francisca
Asher Johnson - Sharks Ensemble
Steven Gagliano - Sharks Ensemble
Dean Chasser - Sharks Ensemble - Male Sharks Dance Captain
Jeremy Ebert - Sharks Ensemble
Marina Perrotti - Sharks Ensemble
Hannah Meier - Sharks Ensemble
Christa Schmitsch - Sharks Ensemble
Ilisa Chasser - Sharks Ensemble - Female Sharks Dance Captain
Zenobia DeCoteau - Sharks Ensemble

West Side Story is sponsored by:

EPAC's Opening Night Party Sponsor

The Hill

Individual Performance Sponsor

Karl and Marilyn Soutner

Opening Night Sponsor

John and Bobbi Bear

Closing Night Performance Sponsor

Timothy Reilly

EPAC's Co-sponsors

Hagelgans & Veronis
The Hill

Season Sponsor

12:34 MicroTechnologies.

Season Sponsor

Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

Season Media Sponsor

Blue Ridge Communications.



More Information


Coming Soon

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, December 2018

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The 2019 Season at EPAC
More information about the 2019 season at EPAC

Box Office
(717) 733-7966

Address (Physical)
320 Cocalico Street, Ephrata Community Park
Ephrata, PA 17522

Address (Mailing)
PO Box 173
Ephrata, PA 17522
2018 Season Sponsor
12:34 MicroTechnologies
2018 Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA
2018 Season Media Sponsor
Blue Ridge Communications

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