Lane Cove Locals to star in West Side Story

Lane Cove Local Actress Brooklyn Newey

West Side Story

West Side Story – arguably the greatest musical of all time – will be playing at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood this November.

Famously based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and featuring the sublime meeting of
Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary score,
West Side Story places star crossed-lovers Tony and Maria squarely at the centre of a New York City gang war. With fantastic dancing and jam-packed with timeless hit songs like Maria, Somewhere, Tonight, America and I Feel Pretty – among many more – the all-singing, all-dancing show is funny, thrilling, heart-breaking and absolutely timeless in its appeal to audiences of all ages.

Several Lane Cove locals star in West Side Story, so we thought we would tell you more about them.


Brooklyn Newey (Consuela) from Riverview (Brooklyn is pictured above standing second row left side)


Brooklyn attended Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney. Brooklyn was involved in numerous Monte and St. Ignatius College, Riverview Productions throughout high school, featuring as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Gwendolen in the Importance of being Earnest. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was her first amateur musical with Chatswood Musical Society in May 2013 and has also been featured in Music from the Movies, Fame and Pirates of Penzance. In August 2014, Brooklyn played the role of Tess Tyler in AIPA’s production of Camp Rock and played a soul girl in Willoughby’s Jesus Christ Superstar in October 2014. In October 2015 Brooklyn played the role of a Bad Idea Bear in MACMS Avenue Q. Brooklyn is also a Drama Tutor and writes and directs her own short plays. In March 2015 she was the assistant choreographer for St. Ignatius College’s senior school production of ‘Grease’. Her highlight of the year so far has been visiting New York City attending Broadway shows and attending dance, singing and acting classes at Broadway Dance Centre. Brooklyn is in her 3rd year at Macquarie University undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Degree with the intentions of specialising in Clinical Psychology.

Jillian Freede (Rosalia)  from  Lane Cove

Jillian Freede - Rosalia, Shark Girl

Jillian has been dancing, singing and acting since the age of 3. Jillian was a student at AIPA and a member of their Eistedfodd groups and Showgroup, graduating in 2001. Jillian has a Bachelor of Dance Education from ACPE (2007) and a Certificate iv in Musical Theatre from ACTT (2004). Jillian also attended the London School of Musical Theatre (2012). Over the past few years Jillian been concentrating on teaching and choreographing so West Side Story marks her return to the stage. This is Jillian’s third show with Chatswood Musical Society after playing Electra in Gypsy (2006) and Nikki in Sweet Charity (2009). Jillian has performed a variety of principal roles and is excited to be playing Rosalia in West Side Story.

Rebecca Wewege (Velma) from Lane Cove

Rebecca Wewage - Velma, Jet Girl

Rebecca Wewege started performing at the age of 3 and has received training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She has performed both lead and chorus roles in amateur productions, including Footloose, Crazy For You, Bye Bye Birdie and The Importance of Being Earnest. Two of her HSC dance pieces were nominated for Callback. She has been teaching musical theatre since 2013 and was also an assistant choreographer for the 2013 St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview, production of West Side Story. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre and The Australian Institute of Music.

Scott Newey (Moose)  (Year 12 Riverview Student)

Scott Newey - Moose, Shark Boy
Scott has just begun year 12 at St. Ignatius College, Riverview. He has been involved in numerous Monte and St. Ignatius College, Riverview Productions throughout high school, featuring as Jafar in Aladdin, Eugene in Grease, King Richard the Lionheart in Trials of Robbin Hood and The Creature in Frankenstein. This is Scott’s debut in amateur theatre and he is very excited to be a part of the show. Scott is very passionate about theatre and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in amateur theatre after he finishes his HSC.

Jack Newey (Luis)  (Year 11 Riverview Student)

Jack Newey - Luis, Shark Boy

Jack is about to begin year 11 at St. Ignatius College Riverview. Jack has been involved in several Riverview productions, featuring as the djinny in Tales of the Arabian Mice, Hawk in The Birds and a featured dancer in Aladdin and Grease. This is Jack’s debut in amateur theatre and he is very excited to be a part of the show. Jack loves dancing and is looking forward to being involved in more shows in the future.

West Side Story

If you would like to see these locals in West Side Story here are the details:

Chatswood Musical Society presents
November 13th – 21st : Zenith Theatre
Performances: Wed-Sat 7.30pm plus Sat 2pm and Sun 4pm
Tickets: Adult $35.58| Concession $32.52 |
Family of Four (2 Adults and 2 Concessions) $101.85
Bookings: or call 1300 66 22 12
Discounted group 4+ bookings via Zenith Theatre 9777 7547