Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society chief pays tribute to hard working cast and crew

Tickets for Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society’s landmark 100th show - West Side Story - go on sale on St Valentine’s Day.

Tickets for Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society’s landmark 100th show - West Side Story - go on sale on St Valentine’s Day.

The show will open at the Strand Theatre on Saturday, March 2 and run until Saturday, March 9.

Rehearsals and preparations for this big scale production are continuing at the theatre this week with just a month to go before opening night.

Musical Society Chairman and Production Manager Martin Morrissey has paid tribute to the cast and crew to their “extraordinary efforts they are making to ensure the show will be the best they can possible put on stage.

“We must mark this special milestone with a special show and West Side Story is shaping up very nicely indeed,” he said.

It has been argued that West Side Story is the greatest musical and love story ever written and composed, based on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliette.

The story centres on two feuding families divided into two warring New York city gangs, the Jets led by Riff (Mathew Williams) and the Puerto Rican Sharks led by Bernardo ( played by Dermot Keyes), who hate each other and who battle for territory in their neighbourhoods.

At a gymnasium dance, Tony (Michael Raggett), one of the founders of the Jets but who is now inactive

in the gang, and Maria (Louise Mulcahy), the recently arrived sister of the Sharks’ leader Bernardo,

spot each other across the crowded room and fall in love at first sight.

For many of the male gang members, that connection is the last straw in their feud that leads to the decision to have a rumble to

determine territory once and for all.

Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can co-exist with any form of understanding. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets.

Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. But it goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers

know what’s happened, tragedy strikes.