“WEST SIDE STORY”
The reviews are in!!! Newburgh Free Academy, the local high school in my home-town, presented their full-length musical this weekend for our community. It is a tradition that has been around since before I moved here in 1983 and remains popular with the residents and for good reason.
Our NFA students, with great direction, come together and put on a show that is close to “Broadway” in quality (and distance) that features amazing talent. This year’s production of West Side Story was no exception. I became hooked on seeing the shows when my daughters were in high school. I always go to support the arts, and the students: this year the house was packed.
West Side Story is the modernized version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A sad story of tragic love, gang violence, prejudice and hate came to life on the NFA stage with our local students. In a world where we address these issues daily, this story of a love that never was to be, is highlighted in our diverse community. The students embraced the challenges of portraying the characters and telling a story that has been told and retold so many times.
Our Tony and Maria not only look beautiful together on stage, but sound wonderful. Singing such well known songs as “Tonight” and “One Hand,” they told the story so well. Dance is a huge part of West Side Story. NFA is known for their fabulous dance programs. This weekends performance highlights our students dance abilities particularly well. The ballet and other dance numbers light up the stage. Anita’s performance is a notable favorite of the audience and mine too.
Local Newburgh students if lucky enough to seize the opportunity, were able to participate in a well directed production complete with costumes, amazing scenery, a full orchestra and sound equipment that most high schools only dream of. The amount of time and energy that go into these productions is lengthy but the results are worth it. I am a fan of the programs at NFA, the students performance and the results of their efforts.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Cast and Crew of West Side Story!
Newburgh Free Academy ~ High School Musical 2014 ~ Newburgh NY
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