Reading Operatic Society performed West Side Story at The Hexagon theatre in Reading, Berkshire, on 26-29 September 2012.
The revolutionary result of a collaboration by Broadway heavyweights Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story is as impactful today as it was when first produced in the 1950s and it drew record crowds for the Reading Operatic Society’s performances which featured a cast of 33 on stage and an orchestra of 15.
West Side Story was directed by Simon Woodbridge, with Scott Jenkins choreographer and Marc Pizer musical director, alongside the Reading Operatic Society’s residential production team – David Parsonson production manager, Carol Hodgkinson stage manager and Kim Hollamby lighting designer. It featured Damian Sollesse as Tony, Jenni Simmonds as Maria, James Gwynne as Riff and Caroline Carragher as Anita.
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