ULM logo
College of Arts, Education & Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts

stage with west side story logo art 

West Side Story, March 26-29, Brown Auditorium

West Side Story Tickets

The popular Broadway musical, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” is set in the Upper West Side, an ethnic, blue collar neighborhood, in New York City in the mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.


VAPA programs are designed to develop your expertise, challenge your creativity, and fuel your passion for the arts!

Art concentrations are offered in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, and art education.

Music studies include performance, theory and composition, piano pedagogy, and music education.

Theater and dance offer a variety of performance opportunities to enhance studio-based studies.


Recent VAPA News

ULM professor releases new Broadway book

Oxford University Press has released "Broadway Song: A Guide Singer's Guide," written by Dr. Mark Ross Clark, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The book is now available worldwide on Amazon.com, and features an analysis of 100 Broadway songs from traditional and contemporary styles and all voice types.

ULM international food fair set for April 1

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's International Student Association will present the annual International Food Fair, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in Student Union Ballroom A, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building.

Higher education forum at ULM March 30

Various entities from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the surrounding community will hold a joint forum on higher education at 10 a.m., Monday, March 30, in the ULM Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.

Derle LongTo find out more about our wide array of programs, come visit us in Biedenharn Hall (ULM campus map) or contact VAPA at 318-342-3811.

Dr. Derle Long
School of Visual and Performing Arts


•  Fight Song [mp3]

•  Alma Mater [mp3]