Hollis student plays Maria in ‘West Side Story’

MANCHESTER – Kat Bolling, of Hol­lis, is playing the role of Maria in the Majes­tic Theatre’s production of "West Side Story" at Manchester Community Music School’s Holy Cross Hall, 2291 Elm St.

From the first notes to the final breath, "West Side Story" 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 is widely regarded as one of the best ever written.

Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find them­selves caught between warring street gangs – the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and rele­vant musical dramas of our time.

Majestic’s production stars an ensemble cast under the direction of Rebecca Anton­akos, assisted by A. Robert Dionne, with musical direction by Judy Hayward and cho­reography by Jen Sassak. The sponsor is the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music.

Bolling is a graduate of Hollis Brookline High School and a senior at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she majors in computer science.

She also studies voice at the Peabody In­stitute of Music in Baltimore.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday-Satur­day, July 31-Aug. 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Tickets are for $20 adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for youths 17 and younger.

Tickets can be purchased at 669-7469, majestictheatre.net or at the door.

For more information, visit majestictheatre.net.