Letters to the Editor

Stirring performance

August 2, 2011


To the editor:

Once again, the Lawrence Arts Center and the Summer Youth Theater directed by Ric Averill in their masterful production of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” of the middle of the 20th century have brought us to consider universal thoughts in our century.

We were swept away by the entire cast performing as an ensemble, now acting, now dancing, now singing, now quickening in each member of the audience now this, now that memory that brought tears to our eyes and chuckles in our chests. Our enthusiastic standing ovation was an embrace to you all.

“West Side Story” is one more wrenching story of our collective inhumanity one to another, perhaps even back to prehistoric times. How not to think of the senseless oppositions of Jets and Sharks, Donkeys and Elephants, and yet a strong Maria rising out of the shambles brought about by the clash between “opposing houses.”

How not to experience, through your beautiful and moving performances, what folks felt in our sister city in Greece several thousand years ago in a large stone theater under the constant blaze of the sun and saw through tears what Aristotle calls a cleansing of the soul or “catharsis.” We will remember you and we look forward to what you will become.


cato_the_elder 6 years, 10 months ago

If you wish to compare Sharks and Jets with Democrats and Republicans, then perhaps you've seen the light and support term limits.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

Hear hear to the letter!!!!

This Art Center is definitely one of the jewels in Lawrence,Kansas. The center has provided much to this household since probably 1990 0r 1991. Children in Lawrence,Kansas are quite fortunate.

West Side Story was one more stunning performance performed by our young people in the community.

Hats off to the staff and all others who provide their expertise and time

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