The show must go on was most definitely the mantra during the Cecilian Musical Society’s production of West Side Story last weekend as one of the main characters suffered a fractured wrist during the show’s third night in the Lime Tree Theatre.
However injured actor Derek McMahon who played the part of Bernardo bravely continued on through the rest of the show and even returned for the final night of the musical on Saturday evening to take up his role once again.
“All the cast were extremely professional and as they love what they do they were determined to carry on and most importantly they didn’t let any of the audience know they were ill such is their professionalism,” explained Cecilian PRO Caroline Diffley. Over three months of rehearsals took place in the run up to the annual Cecilian show which also marked 75 years of Cecilian Musical Society productions.
“The show was a great success and we are extremely proud of everyone who took part,” enthused Caroline adding that Derek was a true professional who had no intention of letting his injury affect his performance.
“Derek was such a professional. He injured his wrist during one of the scenes but he wouldn’t let it affect him. Of course we were worried for him because of his injury and we did have a back up plan in place but even as he left on Friday night he was telling everyone he would be back the following evening. And he was true to his word as he did return for the last show and he put in a spectacular performance again so we are extremely proud of him,” she adds.
Several of the cast were also struck down with flu symptoms however they too bravely continued on to perform the musical to an audience of over 2,000 people over its four night run.