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Performances of ‘West Side Story’ next two weekends in Truckee

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From left, Karlee Streit (Rosalia), Mikayla Mattocks (Maria) and Canyon Gemme (Consuelo) perform “I Feel Pretty."
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If you go

What: West Side Story performances

When: May 8-9, and May 16-17, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day) at 2 p.m.

Where: Truckee High School

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, at Community Center or THS library, or at door.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The first three weekends in May are bringing gang activity to Truckee High School — the likes of which this town has never seen.

This spring’s high school musical will showcase the classic saga of the Sharks and Jets dueling in a can’t-miss production of “West Side Story.”

Longtime director Peggy Boelk contends this is the most talented group she has had in years.

Many of the current cast members competed in the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival this past Feb. 6-8 in Folsom. Out of the 62 schools and 1,290 students competing, Truckee High brought home a whopping four awards.

Senior Mikayla Mattocks, who playa Maria in “West Side Story,” received an award for Outstanding Actor in a One Act, and a bronze medal for her monologue at the festival.

And senior Savannah Wilkinson, playing Anita, won a silver medal in the monologue category. Complementing the two female leads are freshman Ethan Rogers as Tony, and junior Trevor McWhinney as Bernardo.

But truly, this is an ensemble piece with acrobatic dance numbers and wonderful songs such as “Tonight,” “Officer Krupke” and “I Feel Pretty.”

Although you can buy tickets at the door ($15 adults/$10 students), you may want to purchase them ahead of time to secure your seats, as this will be a reserved seating show.

Tickets or on sale at the Truckee Community Center and the Truckee High School library. Cash or checks will be accepted.

Performances began last weekend, and are scheduled for this and next weekend at Truckee High. Friday and Saturday night shows (May 8, 9, 15 and 16) will begin at 7 p.m., while a Sunday matinees on May 10 will begin at 2 p.m.

Be sure to bring extra cash as there will be refreshments and numerous raffle items. Proceeds go to off-set production costs and for THS Drama Club activities such as competing in the Lenaea Theater Festival and a weekend trip to Ashland, Ore., for the world-renown Oregon Shakespeare Festival at the end of the school year.

This would be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day (hint, hint); but regardless of when you go, you don’t want to miss this show.

Truckee High School is located at 11725 Donner Pass Road.