GREAT STORY: Lachlan Mathey, Jason Medcalf, Daniel Lima, Tom Canniffe, Michael Shaw, Kyle Honour, (back) Karen Mayfield and Andrew Cross on stage in Gympie High's West Side Story.
GREAT STORY: Lachlan Mathey, Jason Medcalf, Daniel Lima, Tom Canniffe, Michael Shaw, Kyle Honour, (back) Karen Mayfield and Andrew Cross on stage in Gympie High's West Side Story. Craig Warhurst

Gympie's got talent

GYMPIE State High School is ready to rumble with the Romeo and Juliet themed musical West Side Story set to hit the stage from tonight.

Students have practised diligently and are ecstatic to have the opportunity to strut their stuff on the stage in such a renowned production.

“Our leads have the most pure and beautiful voices,” said production director Kerryn Mason.

“We are very lucky to have the talents of such successful music and dance students as Kathryn Gage playing Maria and Rebekah Lima as Anita,” she said.

“Kathryn won a state singing title at a recent eisteddfod and Rebekah represented our school, singing with the Country Music School of Excellence at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. These girls pack a real punch both musically and theatrically.”

With memorable hits such as Somewhere, Tonight, I Feel Pretty, America, Maria and many more, it is sure to be a fun-filled, energetic performance packed with drama.

Part of the reason Gympie High decided to present West Side Story this year because of the strong cohort of senior dance students who took roles and assisted with the choreography.

Production producer and choreographer Michelle Peters is impressed with the enthusiasm of the senior boys in their dance numbers.

“The contrast of gang hip hop battles and graceful ballet scenes has at times challenged the cast, but they all bring real emotion and honesty to the themes of unrequited love and racial hatred,” said Ms Mason.

“Bernstein and Sondheim's original script has a timelessness that is still relevant to our society and the youth of today.”

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of Gympie's talented youth at Hamilton Hall today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Tickets $12 adults, $8 concession or $35 for a family of four, available at the door or book through the school office on 5489 8333.

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