IT seems U105 breakfast star Maurice Jay is hiding a secret talent. Last week was treading the boards in West Side Story at the Grand Opera House in Belfast for the third time. Since the mid-80s Maurice has bagged himself a role in the show with over 100 performances under his belt and this year will be no different.

Maurice played Lieutenant Schrank (pictured here in costume) and told FAME: “I performed in the show here for the first time in 1986 and it was a bit intimidating – with James Nesbitt starring and a host of other well-known actors in the cast”.
Unfortunately for Maurice as he gets that little bit older his roles have begun to change.
He added: “Well, I no longer get offered the part of Maria. Maybe my middle-age spread doesn’t lend itself to the demanding choreography anymore, but a non-dancing part this time suits me just fine.”
The Ulster Operatic Company’s West Side Story wrapped to a standing ovation at The Grand Opera House, Belfast last Saturday night  but Maurice added that it wouldn’t be the last time he would appear on stage.
The radio star hopes to return soon and hasn’t ruled out another role in West Side Story in the future.
by Tina Calder

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