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.
“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.