University School of Jackson

West Side Story

Upper School to Perform West Side Story

The University School of Jackson Performing Arts Department will present West Side Story  on March 1 - 3, 2019.  This production has a cast of 40 students, 3 faculty members and a student  orchestra.  The timeless story tells the tale of two young lovers, Tony and Maria, who are caught between warring street gangs.  Much like the story of Romeo and Juliet, the idealistic young people struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice.  

The orchestra is led by Tom Grant, director of Bands and Orchestra.  Erica Davidson, theatre teacher, will choreograph the show and build the sets.  Dr. Tammy Grant will direct the show.  West Side Story is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Purchase your tickets today by clicking the link below.  Adult admission is $12 and non-USJ students and senior citizens get in for $8.  All USJ faculty, administration and students receive free admission.


Show dates: March 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m.

Cast of West Side Story


Riff, the leader - Keaton Miller

Tony - Ethan Schlegel

Action - Jake Booher

AR - Caleb Carey

Baby John - Cade Jett

Snowboy - JD Jaggers

Gee-Tar - Henry Piercey

Mouthpiece - Connor Stevens

Jet - Miles Johnson



Graziella - Olivia Cherry

Velma - Sadie Hanna

Minnie - Emily Hailey

Clarice - McKenna Smith

Anybodys - Gabrielle Evans



Bernardo - Jared Koerner

Maria - Lili Mahalati

Anita - Madison Maroney

Chino - Michael Saridakis

Pepe - Seth Spry

Anxious - Joshua McKinney

Nibbles - Esosa Odeh

Juano - Chidera Nwokolo

Toro - Felix Nnaji

Moose - Zack Mahalati



Rosalia - Kelsa Lunsford

Consuelo - Bailee Norris

Teresita - Ashlynn Isbell

Francisca - Libby Basham

Margarita - Meg Miller



Courtney Wilkes



Doc - Dr. Steven Swanson

Schrank - Kyle Williams

Officer Krupke - Eddie Hanna

Glad Hand - Dr. Jason Strandquist

A big thank you to David Miller Construction for helping build our incredible sets.  Also, thank you to Northside Lumber for donating a large portion of the lumber used to build the sets.

West Side Story

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For More Information

Erica Davidson
Upper School Theater, Lower School Spanish

[email protected]

Tammy Grant
AP Music Theory, Musical Theater Director, 9th Grade Choir

[email protected]

Tom Grant
MS/US Band, Music Department Chair

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