First Look! Take a peek inside the Rehearsal Room for Birmingham Hippodrome’s West Side Story
Next week, Birmingham Hippodrome will present its first home-grown youth production as a fresh new production of West Side Story comes to the main stage from 29 – 31 August.
The first rehearsal images of the forty local young performers from across the West Midlands have been released ahead of the opening night on 29 August.
After extensive rounds of auditions and over one thousand applicants, the exceptional cast of young people aged 14-25 will bring the legendary musical to life in an exciting first of its kind production marking the theatre’s 120th birthday.
Leading the cast as the star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, are Alex Cooke (15) from Kingswinford and Kamilla Fernandes (18) from Coventry.
Joining the young company are four Birmingham Hippodrome staff members who will take on the adult character roles; Benjamin Jones will swap Visitor Services for the role of Gladhand, Marketing Officer Chris Cooper will play Lieutenant Schrank, Visitor Services Administrator Nicola Entwistle will play the role of Officer Krupke and Hippodrome Young Poet, Hannah Swingler will play the role of Doc.
West Side Story plays at Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 August.