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Stafford students go West Side in school production

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Tom Haynes

Stafford students go West Side in school production
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MORE than 50 Stafford Grammar School pupils brought 1950s New York back to life this week with their stage production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Students, aged 11-18, were accompanied by a professional band in the sell-out performances, which retold Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of two gangs.

Gavin Lamplough, Director of Music, said: “The pupils were required to act, dance and sing.

“Musically we have some extremely gifted pupils who represent not only their school but are members of National Youth ensembles.

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“This show presented challenges even for them as Bernstein combines classical operatic styles with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.”

Some 480 people attended the show from March 4-7.

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