Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WEST SIDE STORY opens at The Muni on Friday

WEST SIDE STORY  ​ opens at The Muni on Friday 

Springfield, IL – August 3, 2015 –​ This Friday the Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) will open ​ West  Side Story ​ , the third production of its 50th Anniversary season. The show is sponsored by Springfield Clinic and  directed by Anna Bussing. It will run for three weekends, August 7­8, 13­15 and 20­22. Curtain time is 8:00  p.m.  

West Side Story ​  transports us to New York City as two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught  between the warring street gangs of the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. They struggle to survive  in a world of hate, violence and prejudice. ​West Side Story  ​ highlights a young ensemble cast and is one of the  most memorable musicals, especially for its intricate dance sequences, and greatest love stories of all time.  

Starring in The Muni’s production of ​West Side Story ​  are Bailee Brinkman as Maria and Rigoberto Ernst as  Tony.    

The show run time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Two types of seating arrangements are available –  Reserved Seating and General Admission (lawn seating.) The price of Reserved Seating is $14 for adults and  $12 for seniors/military/students/children; General Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/military/students,  $6 for children (age 3­12), and free for kids age 2 and under.
 Additionally, both Thursday performances (August 13 and 20) have been designated as Family Nights and  Senior Nights. For families, ticket prices for children 12 and under are half price when accompanied by a paid  adult – $6 for Reserved Seating and $3 for General Admission.  For seniors, ticket prices are reduced to $11 for  Reserved Seating and $7 for General Admission. A Senior Shuttle Bus Service, sponsored by the King’s  Daughters Organization, will also run on Thursday, August 13. Visit The Muni’s website for more information.  

 Reserved Seating tickets can be purchased in advance online – ​www.TheMuni.org​ – or by calling or visiting the  Sangamon Auditorium Box Office at 217­793­MUNI (6864.) Patrons can also purchase Reserved Seating and  General Admission tickets on­site at The Muni’s Box Office, which opens 90 minutes prior to curtain time.    

About The Muni  

The Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) is a not­for­profit theatrical organization that has become a  Springfield summer tradition, providing the best of Broadway to enthusiastic audiences for more than 50 years.  Located lakeside at 815 East Lake Drive in an outdoor amphitheater, The Muni is one of the largest  all­volunteer community theatre organizations in the nation. For more information on The Muni, please visit  www.TheMuni.org​ .   ###