Here come the Jets! Young stage talents serve up taste of Broadway

Talented young performers from across the county are preparing to tread the boards in a sparkling production of classic musical West Side Story.

Singers, dancers and actors from Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre (OYMT) are putting the finishing touches to their annual production, which will light up the stage this week.

Previous shows such as Hot Mikado, Crazy for You and The Sound of Music have gone down a storm with audiences, with many of the theatre group’s alumni going on to careers in the performing industry.

Tickets are still available for four evening shows from Wednesday, 18 April to Saturday, 21 April (7.30pm) at the Centre for Music on Bayswater Road. There will also be a matinee performance on the show’s last day at 2.30pm.


Nicola Trinder and James Gant are playing the lead roles of Maria and Tony in West Side Story








High reputation

Head of Oxfordshire County Music Service Angela Turton said: “The high reputation of the Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre goes before it and the standard is incredibly good. Our young performers always pull out all the stops and put on a memorable show. I would urge everyone to come along to watch – you will not be disappointed.”

The OYMT is made up of students aged between 14 and 19, accompanied by a band made up of school-aged instrumentalists taken from Music Service ensembles.

Ex-students include Ed Campbell Bird, Joseph Prowen and Tom Wolstenholme who have all been involved in West End shows, in plays and on TV.

West Side Story is directed by Gary Lewin with musical direction by Debbie Rose.

Tickets from : www.wegottickets.com/west-side-story

Oxfordshire schools represented are:

Cheney School, Didcot Girls Schools, John Mason School, Matthew Arnold School. Gosford Hill School, Langtree School, The Cherwell School, The Henry Box School, The Marlborough Church of England School and Wood Green School.