Many amateur companies shy away from this demanding show for understandable reasons. The extended dance routines alongside Bernstein’s score create its own unique challenges yet here the highly capable company rise to the occasion with considerable success.
The vibrant young company work tirelessly with conviction and commitment reflecting from the outset a fresh faced and new era for BODS.
West Side Story is a modern day Romeo and Juliet where the central protagonists are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang members falls in love with a rival’s sister
Director Tristan Carter has created a fluid, gritty show which explores the issues surrounding race and love. The fight sequences are effective and the excellent choreography (Sammy Farrell) never overwhelms the company.
As the young lovers Lucas Porter (Tony) and Rosie May Cook (Maria) lead the cast with great style and vocals whilst all supporting roles are equally well cast.
The pace is generally good and the energy is well maintained throughout. This was clearly a popular choice at the box office with the large audience supporting the opening night; it’s well worth grabbing a ticket if there are any left and support the wealth of amateur talent in Bath.
Photo by Ken Abbott