ONE OF Stafford’s leading lights on the youth theatre scene over the last decade will make his swan song this weekend. Tom Slade is one of the brightest talents in Stafford and is a veteran of Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre and summer school and Musical Youth Theatre Stafford (MYTS). The curtain went up on MYTS’s production of West Side Story last night and when it falls for the last time on Saturday (12) it will be the end of an era Tom who is playing the part of Bernardo. He is leaving behind Walton High School, two youth theatre groups, his piano lessons and pretty soon he will be leaving his parents to go off to university. “SGYT finished last year, my piano lessons finished a couple of weeks ago. Everything has just been pulled from under my feet. MYTS will be over this weekend so it’s quite sad,” he said. While he waits for his A level results he has plenty to keep him busy including writing a play about the holocaust before heading off to university. “It’s quite weird the thought of not going into Walton again until the exam results and then not again. It’s a big change. “I’m going to try and keep myself busy all the way to September. This will all probably hit me in September when I won’t be going to MYTS.” West Side Story will run at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre until Saturday with performances starting at 7.30pm plus a final day matinee at 2.30pm. For ticket information call 07847 049129.