West Side Story

Sunnyvale Community Players is thrilled to celebrate the return to in-person performances with WEST SIDE STORY, both a true theatrical masterpiece and one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, 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. This timeless story has been captivating audiences for over half a century and it is little wonder that master filmmaker Steven Spielberg himself will be releasing his vision of the story on the big screen later this year.

“WEST SIDE STORY — though written for the world of the 1950s — still remains as timeless as it did when it first premiered,” says director Thomas Times. “And, dare I say, the world of 2021 needs WEST SIDE STORY more than ever before. Through the lens of 1950s New York, we witness a love story that is doomed to fail because the system of oppression in place believes where you were born determines who you can love, what you can do, and who you can be. Hopefully we can learn from the missteps and mistakes of the people in our story to develop a better world for those who are coming after us. The music, the love, and the heart of this story and production are all the perfect welcome back to the world of live theatre and we are so excited to share this story with you all.“

WEST SIDE STORY opens on Saturday, September 11, 2021 and runs through Sunday, October 3, 2021. All performances will take place at the Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center at 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA. Some content may be inappropriate for younger patrons due to adult subject matter. Ticket prices are $44 for adults and $38 for seniors (60+) and students. A $3.50 service charge will be added to the cost of each ticket. Tickets are available online at sunnyvaleplayers.org or through the box office at (408) 475-1198.

Special ASL-Interpreted Performance on Saturday, September 18.

Sunnyvale Community Players will follow CDC, State, and Local safety guidelines in place on the date of the performance. At this time we are requiring that all patrons must be fully vaccinated and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater. All patrons will also be required to wear masks at all times inside the theater. By purchasing a ticket patrons agree to adhere to all safety protocols including a requirement to be fully vaccinated and masked. 

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Director: Thomas Times
Music Director: Kevin Surace
Choreographer: Marcie Shapiro
Vocal Director: Mary Carroll
Producers: Steve Shapiro, Kevin Surace, and Marcie Shapiro

West Side Story is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 


Coming later this season: BIG FISH (October 23 - November 7, 2021), Beauty and the Beast - SCP Junior Production (February 18 - March 6, 2022), and CAMELOT (April 16 - May 8, 2022).

About Sunnyvale Community Players
Established in 1969, Sunnyvale Community Players is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the performing arts in the Silicon Valley. For the past 52 years, SCP has maintained an open-door policy, welcoming volunteers of all ages to participate in its programs as cast members, production staff, board members, and more. SCP has been especially focused on enriching the lives of children and teens through participation in the performing arts. Many of its current board members and tech crew volunteers grew up with SCP or are parents of children for whom SCP played a central role in their lives.

SCP is supported in part by the City of Sunnyvale, Department of Library and Community Services.


"West Side Story" Image:

Samantha Mills and Peter Spoelstrastar as Maria and Tony in the timeless Broadway masterpiece WEST SIDE STORY , running September 11 - October 3, 2021 at the Sunnyvale Theatre. Tickets available at sunnyvaleplayers.org. Photo credit: Jude Calvillo