-West Side Story 50th anniversary February 20 at the Holly Theater
The Holly Theater will take a trip back in time, as it often does, when the film West Side Story will be shown in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movie.
And best of all, proceeds from the event will help the children’s advocacy group Enotah CASA.
The movie, considered by some to be the greatest love story and musical of all time, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Holly Theater in downtown Dahlonega.
A pre-show is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m.
There will also be a raffle and refreshments. The pre-show will feature Holly entertainers reenacting famous Jet vs. Shark scenes and singing popular tunes from the movie.
Tickets are available for a $10 donation per person, benefitting Enotah CASA. Tickets can be purchased online at casacounts.com.
Dahlonega’s Diane Houser is hosting the event and selected West Side Story due to its timelessness. “I selected West Side Story because the story holds up just as well today as it did over five decades ago,” Houser told The Nugget. “One of the marks of a great work of art is its timelessness and its ability to appeal to people from all walks of life and of all ages. The musical, West Side Story, certainly belongs in that category. It’s Romeo and Juliet story all over again.”
Jerome Robbins conceived and choreographed the show, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein.
Houser is hoping for a sellout for a great cause, as Enotah CASA holds a special place in her heart. “I graduated Oglethorpe University with a degree in social work,” she said. “It has always been my goal to reach out to the most vulnerable children and ensure that they have a better outcome in life and Enotah CASA shares my vision.”
Enotah CASA serves Lumpkin, White, Union and Towns counties. CASAs (Court Appoint Special Advocates) are volunteers appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the over-burdened legal and social service system or languish in group or foster homes.
So get ready to take a trip down memory lane with Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Officer Krupke, the Sharks and the Jets, and support a great cause.