Every year ULMS, LUTG (Lancaster University Theatre Group) and LUDanS (Lancaster University Dance Society) join forces to produce a Collaboration Musical, and this year’s choice is West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
A selection of musicians, actors and dancers from across the societies have come together to put on this fantastic musical. There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes to get it ready in time, with those involved even giving up a week of their holiday to come back to uni to rehearse!
The orchestra features players from ULMS, and is conducted by Musical Director, David Weale. Despite only having had a few rehearsals as a group, the music is sounding great, tribute no doubt to the many hours of private practice put in by all the band.
Looking over the pianist’s shoulder
String section in rehearsals
View from the front of the band
The band as viewed from the percussion section
Sneak peak at the cast performing the finale during rehearsals
Musical Director David Weale doing an excellent job conducting the band
It would be a shame to let all this hard-work play out to mediocre audiences, so make sure you get yourself down on one of the nights to support our ULMS musicians and all the efforts of those involved in the Collab!
West Side Story will run from Thursday 23rd April until Sunday 26th April, and shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from the Live at LICA Website, and cost £10 for adults, and £8 for concessions.
Here’s the link to buy tickets
Make sure you also keep up to date with West Side Story by joining the event on facebook!