Missoula Community Theater is entertaining crowds in its final week of West Side Story.

Singers and dancers are giving their own interpretation of Leonard Bernstein's classic music set to the story of Romeo and Juliet amid racial tension and youth violence that emerged in the post World War Two era.

Female lead Courtney Mostad researched hate crimes to prepare for her performances and was amazed to find how many are occurring today. Mostad tells NBC Montana, "Just that blind hatred, I didn't think existed anymore, but it does. It is really relevant. I think it's a very important show."

West Side Story runs through Sunday night, May 13th. Earlier this evening, box office workers told us that seats are available in all remaining shows.