With thrilling music by Leonard Bernstein and wonderful lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story is based on the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet and sees the street gangs of New York clash in this breath taking musical packed with hit songs and high energy dance.
This amateur production at Buxton Opera House is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).
To coincide with the musical’s amazing 60th anniversary, this production of West Side Story features talented local people age 16-28 alongside a professional team and is directed by our very own Executive Director Paul Kerryson, fresh from his successful tour of the international hit musical Hairspray.
We talked to the shows director Paul Kerryson about how the project for West Wide Story came about and how he thinks it could reach out to young aspiring performers in the High Peak area:
Tell us a little bit about the West Side Story.
West Side Story premiered in 1957 and is considered by many to be the most exciting musical ever written. It has the most dynamic music by Leonard Bernstein and exhilarating lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Every song has become a much loved hit and includes ‘Tonight’, ‘America’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘Somewhere’ and many more. It is the perfect choice for the Buxton Opera House to be celebrating the 60th anniversary of West Side Story with a new production.
How has the project come about?
It is important to the Opera House to be nurturing local talent as part of our learning and participation programme supported by our own professional expertise.
Why West Side Story?
This is one of the most popular musicals of all time and a great vehicle for a young company of talented dancers and singers from all backgrounds and nationalities. The music is thrilling and will be played by a top class orchestra. It will be a perfect musical for me to direct following my successful production of Hairspray.
What do you hope that this will bring to the community?
There is a lot of talent in the High Peak, and surrounding areas and this will be a brilliant experience for all our successful auditionees. It could open doors for those wishing to make a career in the performing arts.
How do you see this moving forward in the future, is this a start of an annual event?
It would be great to do a musical like this every year, but to also extend productions into drama and dance to cater for all talents and interests.
How will the cast be supported by a professional production team?
The creative team, including myself have brought a professional expertise to the production. A spectacular new set has been made, alongside a dazzling lighting design will ensure a truly memorable production.
West Side Story takes place at Buxton Opera House from Wednesday 21st February to Sunday 25th February 2018.
Tickets are priced from £18 to £22.
To buy tickets and for more information call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/west-side-story
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN