Vancouver Opera's West Side Story
October 22 – 29, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Vancouver Opera opens its season with one of the greatest theatrical and musical works of the 20th century: Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. This high-energy, knock-your-socks-off production will be on stage for eight thrilling performances only, October 22 – 29 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

CTV would like to congratulate the following unofficial winners who have each won a pair of tickets to see West Side Story on Oct.29th. Congrats to Doris Sheen of Port Coquitlam, Saundra Dandyk of Delta, Vanessa Kwong of Burnaby, Patricia Shimizu of Vancouver and Joni Summerton of Coquitlam!

VO's spectacular production will feature Jerome Robbins's original choreography, also seen in the classic 1961 film. Accompanied by the powerhouse 30-piece VO Orchestra, the sensational cast will include more than 40 of the country's best triple threats who will sing, dance and act Bernstein's masterpiece the way it was meant to be seen.

This season, VO will be offering some matinees in addition to evening performances. Matinees will begin at 1:30pm and evening performances will begin at the usual time of 7:30pm. Opening night of West Side Story is Saturday, October 22, 2011. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, October 23 ; evening performances on Tuesday, October 25; Wednesday, October 26; Thursday, October 27; Friday, October 28 and both a matinee and evening performance on Saturday, October 29. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Georgia and Hamilton Streets, Vancouver, BC.

Tickets are available exclusively at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at or by telephone at 604-683-0222. 

With a youthfully exuberant cast of Sharks and Jets and a larger-than-life set, West Side Story will be a finger-snapping rarely-seen treat for Vancouver audiences! The story, in brief  - Drawing on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story transplants the action to 1950s New York City. The Sharks and the Jets, rival gangs, are gearing up for a rumble to end all rumbles, when reluctant Jet Tony falls in love with Maria, sister of the leader of the Sharks. Can love end the turf war, or will it all end in tragedy? Read a full synopsis at