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'West Side Story' sells out opening night at Armory Square

Bernardo (Lewis Johnson) holds Anita (Libby Sorenson).1 / 3
Members of the Jets dance during a scene in West Side Story on opening night Friday at Amory Square of the musical presented by Northern Light Opera Company. The musical continues Aug. 6-7, 7 p.m. and Aug. 8, 3 p.m., at Armory Square. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)2 / 3
Riff (Jake Jager) talks with fellow members of The Jets during a scene to set up a rumble with The Sharks. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)3 / 3

 The Northern Light Opera production of “West Side Story” opened to a sold out crowd Friday at Armory Square in Park Rapids. Led by local and regional actors and musicians the musical brought to Park Rapids the 1950s street life of New York City. “West Side Story” depicts friction between Puerto Rican and mainland youngsters on an asphalt background. The famous balcony scene – between modern-day Romeo and his Juliet – is played on a fire escape by characters Tony and Maria. “West Side Story” is a tough, contemporary story, spliced with love, and as modern as tomorrow’s headlines.