presented by St. Macartanâ€™s College Transition Year Students
The Sharks and the Jets are two feuding street gangs in 1950's New York, the Jets
being White and the Sharks being Puerto Rican. At a dance at a gym, Jet Tony falls
in love with a Sharks sister, Maria. They know they can't be together because of
the gang's war but that doesn't stop them.
Meanwhile, the two gangs prepare for a rumble and Tony tries to stop it out of love
for Maria. In the process, his best friend and Jet leader Riff is killed by Maria's
brother, Bernardo. In anger, Tony kills Bernardo. He then realizes his mistake (killing
his love's brother) and begs for forgiveness, which of course, Maria gives him. They
decide they have to leave the city and the pointless hate behind them. They plan
to meet at Doc's Candy Store and take a bus to the country.
Chino, the Shark Maria is supposed to marry, vows to kill Tony. Maria begs Anita,
Bernardo's fiance, to tell Tony she will be a little late to meet him at Doc's Candy
Store, but when Anita is mauled by the Jets, she angrily tells them that Maria is
dead, murdered by Chino.