Springfield Little Theatre will open 2018 with the musical "West Side Story," Jan.19-Feb.4 at the Landers Theatre. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs – the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Tony, best friend to the leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate and violence weaves an innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant tale. This production of “West Side Story” is dedicated to Annie Carlyn. Lorianne Dunn directs and choreographs the production, with musical direction by Susan Gravatt. Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00. For tickets call the Landers box office at 869-1334 or visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.