• DWest Side Story posterirected by: Lynda Clarkson
  • Choreographed by: Pat Sumner
  • Musical Director: Nic Parker
  • Set Design and Lighting Consultancy: Phil Sykes

November 2001
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham


  • Riff: Owen Herbert
  • Tony: Michael Stacey
  • Maria: Laura Darkins
  • Anita: Natalie Duymun
  • Bernardo: James Dangerfield
  • Action: Michael Holdsworth
  • A-Rab: Shaun Couchman
  • Baby John: James Geer
  • Snowboy: Jamie Bamber
  • Big Deal: Jonathan Bamber
  • Deisel: Alex Dangerfield
  • Geetar: William Thackary
  • Graziella: Stephanie Darkins
  • Velma: Jessica Betts
  • Anybody’s: Rosanna Greer
  • Chino: Oliver Ashworth
  • Pepe: James Warburton
  • Indio: Stephen Watkin
  • Luis: Jamie Sumner
  • Anxious: Robert Ward
  • Toro: Stuart Robinson
  • Rosalia: Rebecca Turner
  • Consuela: Elaine Tyler
  • Francisca: Melanie Sharples
  • Ballet Maria: Kerry Whiteside
  • Ballet Tony: Alex Dangerfield
  • Doc: Tony Wedge
  • Officer Krupke: Jim Etherington
  • Lieutenant Schrank: Chris Campbell
  • Glad Hand: David Bradley

Jennifer Alston, Katie Bamber, Laura Brayne, Elizabeth Brougham, Claire Cooper, Rachel Dangerfield, Anne Etherington, Sophie Evans, Sarah Keith, Sami Saba, Lisa Schools, Lucie Sumner, Hazel Tyler, Charlotte Walsh,


West Side StoryWest Side StoryWest Side Story is a musical written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics).

The story is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and the difficulties faced when a boy from one side and a girl from the other, fall in love….

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances (a successful run for the West Side Storytime), before going on tour…

West Side Story is probably the most complex show L.A.T.A have performed, a very mature show for young people to perform, and once again, no one shied away from the demands of this production! We even made a rare decision to include adults in the show, to give a more believable feel… This was the show that secured LATA’s reputation in the Fylde Coast…


This was an excellent attempt at a very difficult show especially when you consider the ages of the majority of the cast.

West Side StoryLaura Darkins was outstanding as the love-struck Maria – her performance was exceptionally mature. She was extremely well-supported by Natalie Duyman as Anita and their rendition of ” A Boy Like That”/” I Have A Love” was the highlight of the show.

There were also good performances from Michael Stacey (Tony), James Dangerfield (Bernardo), Michael Holdsworth (Action) and James Geer (Snowboy). As a youth theatre, it was unusual seeing a few adults on stage but they helped to give a greater definition in age and each performed well – especially David Bradley as “Gladhand”.

Congratulations to all!

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