Former Sutton Coldfield pupil goes from school play to the big stage

At Arthur Terry School. Pictured from left are Megan Pettitt (17), Jenna Nathan (17), Sinead Kenny and Haleigh Price (18)

At Arthur Terry School. Pictured from left are Megan Pettitt (17), Jenna Nathan (17), Sinead Kenny and Haleigh Price (18)

A Birmingham actress has gone from starring in her school’s production of West Side Story to appearing in an acclaimed touring version of the smash hit musical in just five years.

Sinead Kenny, from Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, landed the role of sassy Puerto-Rican Consuella in a production of the show which came to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre in April.

And talented Sinead is also the understudy for Anita – arguably one of the best roles ever in the world of musical theatre.

Sinead, aged 23, has been dancing since the age of four, learning her craft at dance schools including the Novelli Stage School and Harlequin Dance School.

She attended St Joseph’s Primary in Sutton Coldfield before studying at Queens Mary’s High in Walsall and finally at the sixth form at Arthur Terry School in Sutton Coldfield, where she also starred as Consuella in their production of West Side Story.

After three years studying in London she won a place in the musical ‘9 to 5’, being picked from thousands for a role in a new production of West Side Story directed by Joey McKneeley.

Sinead said: “I always knew that I wanted to star in West Side Story, so when the auditions came up there was no doubt I was going to go for it. I am half Irish and half Jamaican so dancing is definitely in my blood.

“I love playing the part of Consuella and also having the chance to star as Anita, which is the best role in musical theatre. Anita is sassy and fun but also has a very serious side.  Its a role which really puts you in touch with your emotions.”

She added: “West Side Story is a dream show to be in and to be performing to the original Jerome Robbins choreography is fantastic.”

Last month Sinead and her cast mates Louis Maskell and Charlie Baptie, who play Tony and Maria in the show, took time to visit Sinead’s old school, Arthur Terry in Kittoe Road, Sutton Coldfield.

More than 20 Year 13 dance students were treated to an intimate performance before a Q&A.