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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 monitoring incoming weather event

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. March 4, until 9 a.m. March 5, for most of North Louisiana. University of Louisiana at Monroe officials will monitor the weather overnight and will release a statement at 6 a.m. if closure for Thursday is deemed necessary.

15th Annual Student Research Symposium set for March 12

The 15th Annual Student Research Symposium will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 12, in the University Conference Center, located on the 7th floor of the University of Louisiana at Monroe 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]