THE CECILIAN Musical Society this week launched their upcoming production of West Side Story, bound for the brand new Lime Tree Theatre in late November.
A packed Clohessy’s Bar played host to the launch this Monday, with the society excited by the prospect of their debut in the brand new, state of the art theatre in Mary Immaculate College.
Cecilian president Anne-Marie Mulcahy welcomed Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin and Limerick Chamber president Gordon Kearney to the launch, stating that the society were “very fortunate once again to have a great team” working on the production.
Taking the lead roles in the Manhattan set musical, a tale of “star-crossed lovers caught in a turf war of rival ethnic gangs” - are Jean Wallace and Nigel Dugdale as Maria and Tony - as well as Derek McMahon as Bernardo, Michael O’Dwyer as Riff, Orla Walsh as Anita, and Jared Nadin as Action.
Des Henn returns as director, with Barbara Meaney as choreographer and musical direction by Noel Lennon.
“While our most vivid memories of West Side Story are related to the film version, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins originally conceived the piece in an abstract locale,” explained Des.
“The setting should feel urban, New York like, without New York specifics, because so much of the musical is explored through explosive dance and movement,” he added.
The landmark musical bravely addressed social issues, while introducing sophisticated music and extended dance scenes.
It is now seen as a major turning point which gave the musical a new and broader definition. The Grammy-winning score includes Something’s Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere and Tonight.
“Many people’s favourite musical, West Side Story has something for everyone with a host of instantly recognizable musical number, breathtaking dance moves and all round entertainment for the whole family,” said Cecilian president Anne-Marie Mulcahy.
West Side Story runs from November 28 to December 1. For tickets call Lime Tree booking office on 061-774774 or see www.limetreetheatre.ie, Ticket prices: €23, with concession €21, family ticket €74. Discounts are also available for groups