This year a group of 80 Stagecoach students have been selected to put on a professional show at Leatherhead Theatre. The production is West Side Story, a wonderful and exciting show to perform full of love, hate and pure passion. A modern twist, inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the book written by Arthur Laurents. When the show was announced I was really excited to audition for this brilliant opportunity, the music by Leonard Bernstein is diverse and stunning with the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim portraying the highs and lows of the dramatic story and it is a brilliant show for some outstanding choreography.
The auditions took place in various locations throughout the UK and overseas in Ireland, Malta, USA. The audition process was extremely exciting and interesting; we did multiple workshops on different characters and emotions as well as singing a variety of songs and dancing to the energetic and fiery number which is 'America'. It was a long, but enjoyable day and we were taught lots of techniques and learnt a lot more about the story of the play itself. Overall it was a really fun experience and as always I was nervous to find out whether I had been awarded a place in the cast. When I received my letter I was extremely happy as I knew just how much fun I would have again this summer.
Easy Stages has been running for many years and I have been lucky to have been a part of it for 6 years and this year being my seventh. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had, living away from home for three weeks at Twickenham University where rehearsals take place, and putting on a magnificent show for families, friends and the general public at the end. I'm really looking forward to it again this year, I can't wait to make new friends from all over the world, learn new skills and work in a professional theatre with costume, set and props. I also look very much forward to working with the amazing and talented crew who helps us to put on this fantastic production.
This year the director is Ally Altman Cutler who also directed last year's fantastic production of Calamity Jane. I really can't wait to see what fantastic and imaginative ideas she has for this year's production. I have worked with Tony Aiken on all of my Easy Stages productions and I always love performing his choreography and this year will be my first time working with Francis Goodhand who is the musical director, it was lovely to meet him at the audition and I look forward to singing the great tunes and harmonies under his direction.
I am eagerly waiting now for July 27th with great anticipation, I have been listening to the beautiful soundtrack and I was also lucky enough to see a performance at Milton Keynes Theatre. My family have definitely enjoyed me constantly blaring out the show tunes and my random bursts of a Puerto Rican accent! Only eight weeks to go!
Annie - Stagecoach Milton Keynes Student