Two teenage street gangs from different ethnic backgrounds make for one of the most difficult theater productions to per from.
"When it was first done in 1957 the book was by Arthur Laurents, the lyrics were by Sondheim, and the music was by Berstein. My goodness it doesn't get any more difficult than that," said former USF Theater Director, Kim Bartling.
More than 50 years later, West Side Story is as timely as ever with more Spanish and darker scenes driven by social struggles.
"It didn't deter from the production. You absolutely knew what they were talking about through the songs we all know," said Bartling.
West Side Story is particularly relevant right now given the current debate on immigration reform.
"I think we all think we know what it is but I think to come back with our sensibilities today, certainly in our country where we're talking about immigration reform. I think it's a great reminder of what this country is all based on the melting pot of wanting to live the American dream."
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:00:23 GMT
With more than 71,000 Native Americans living in South Dakota, many living in reservation communities often leave for bigger and better opportunities. But in the small town of Kyle, SD, just an hour andMore >>
Kyle is home to just under 900 people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and home to the headquarters of Native American Natural Foods. That's the parent company to this: Tanka Bar.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:08:09 GMT
We're going to spend a few minutes talking about gay marriage. Just six days ago, it was signed into law in Minnesota. There is an effort here in South Dakota to amend the state constitution to allowMore >>
A conservative leader tells KSFY News he has a specific plan to overturn the court decision which legalized gay marriage in Iowa. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:00:25 GMT
Gas prices rose again overnight....and it's not just by a couple cents. Here in South Dakota, the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.83 today...up from $3.65 yesterday. Iowans are payingMore >>
The current price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Minnesota is $4.26.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-17 03:00:30 GMT
It's a monument representing our nation and, of course, our state. Mount Rushmore, sitting proud in the Black Hills since it was 'unofficially' completed in the 1940s. As time goes on, chances are, itMore >>
KSFY takes a trip to the Black Hills to find out what it takes to preserve the great faces of Mount Rushmore, and how much longer preservation could last.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:03 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:03:10 GMT
May 22nd marks the American Cancer Society's 100th year of saving lives. Wednesday morning there will be a birthday celebration for the ACS in Sioux Falls. The American Cancer Society says sixty yearsMore >>
May 22nd marks the American Cancer Society's 100th year of saving lives. Wednesday morning there will be a birthday celebration for the ACS in Sioux Falls. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:42:34 GMT
The Sioux Falls Police Department has started a new program aimed at improving safety in one centrally located neighborhood this summer. It's called ‘Walk a Block with a Cop," two nights a week fromMore >>
The Sioux Falls Police Department has started a new program aimed at improving safety in one centrally located neighborhood this summer.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:17:20 GMT
This week's devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas remind us all how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather. Knowing what to do and where to go if a tornado hits your area can be aMore >>
This week's devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas remind us all how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather. Knowing what to do and where to go if a tornado hits your area can be a matter of life and death. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:57 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:57:36 GMT
$4.18 baffles General Wesley Clark. "That's amazing for the Midwest." General Clark is the co-chairman of Growth Energy, an organization that represents ethanol producers. He's better known as a presidentialMore >>
It's painful to say and hear, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Sioux Falls is $4.18. So, what's behind the drastic jumps at the pump, and is an alternative worth more thought?