Chesterfield Studios celebrates 10th Anniversary with West Side Story
Chesterfield Studios is celebrating ten years of musical theatre with a production of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story. The tragic re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in New York’s West Side, tells the story of Tony and Maria, two lovers caught in a battle between rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.
Established in 2009, Chesterfield Studios leads the way in innovative performing arts training for young people. With over 250 people participating in their theatre school classes, they offer a broad range of classes, spread across all age ranges. All staff have trained at some of the country’s leading universities and colleges and many are working professionals, passionate about working with and engaging young people in the performing arts.
The biggest event of the year for Chesterfield Studios will be West Side Story, which will show at the Pomegranate on almost the very same date, that ten years ago, the company first opened their doors.
Bernstein’s driving score set to lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is as fresh today as it was when it first opened in London’s West End sixty years ago, and features the well known songs, America, I Feel Pretty and Tonight. Fourteen year old Lucy Johnson plays Maria, with Tony being played by seventeen year old Owen Jenkinson. The cast also features professional actor Rob Laughlin as Glad Hand, who first played the part when he was seventeen years old. It is directed by Becky Parker with choreography by Roseanna Sanderson and conducted by Jonathan Francis.
Born to Perform follows in June, showcasing the fantastic array of talent in the young people’s classes. The final major event of the year, will be a celebratory concert in July, combining our Seniors, Rose Choir, past students, special guests and our concert orchestra to perform music from all of the shows we’ve performed over the last ten years.
Showing from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February at the Pomegranate Theatre, find out more and how to book your tickets here.