Bold take on an old classic

All Saints drama students
All Saints drama students

The stage production will be the first college production performed at the new Centre of Performing Arts (CPA) starting this week.

The senior school cast and crew will showcase their talents to more than 1000 guests over three sold-out shows.

Based on Arthur Laurents’ book, West Side Story is a memorable love story set in New York more than 50 years ago.

It was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks ” two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

Head of performing arts and production director Stephen Roberts said the College’s interpretation would offer a bold new design that builds power and emotion.

He said audiences could expect a fresh experience and interpretation of the popular stage production.

‘It is an honour to be a part of the first ever theatrical performance in such a fine venue, but it is the cast and crew members that make the experience what it is,’ Mr Roberts said.

‘We have recruited an amazing orchestra, led by director of music Mrs Anette Kerkovius and the entire performing arts staff at All Saints’ are exhibiting their talents within the production.’

The West Side Story set is the first to be built in the CPA and incorporates visual designs through the use of monitors.

The images used are also authentic shots of New York and depict the themes of the play, spanning from 1950 to today.