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GREASE

TEMPO


Director: Adam Whittletn-t-g
Musical Director: Simon Murray
Dance Director: Jane Wood

Horses for courses, Grease and youth theatre groups are made for each other. High octane performances are needed, and you have got to be able to deliver all those iconic songs. “Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll”,  youth is the word.

A composite set served the production giving the maximum space for the company to move freely. All the scenes were well lit and the sound gave an edge to the musical content. .1950s America was evoked by  the costumes which added to the characters believability.

The direction and staging was simple and made sure the choreographed pieces were not compromised. Hand-jiving to the historic movement for “Greased Lightning” the chorographer extracted every drop of energy. Coupled with a solid reading of the score played by an accomplished band, the creative team revved up all the necessary “Rama-lama-lama-ka-dingity- ding de dong”.

You cannot have “Summer Nights” without Sandy and Danny, Hannah Lawson as Sandy put her own individuality into the much copied character making the role fresh and enjoyable.  Similarly, Dom Sutton found all the facets of Danny. We believed both of them when they sang “You’re The One That I Want”.

Ladies first, that is “The Pink Ladies”.  It is important that all four actresses create strong diverse characters. Eliza Beresford hit the mark as Rizzo, and gave a good rendering of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”. Beauty school drop-outs”, Frenchy and Marty, who tells of her romance with “Freddy My Love”, were well portrayed by Anna Hunt and Grace Stubbs. It was Caitlin Goman, as Jan, who used all her experience and good eye for detail, to present a very rounded character.

Then there were “The T-Birds”. Again, four actors are needed to bring truth to their roles. Kenickie, owner of that car, was made believable by Tom Sneyd. Enter Rory Gradon, as the shy would be guitar playing, Doody, and Dom Salem, as Sonny. Then there is Roger, nicely played by Will Poyser. They all supported each other to create a major part of the show’s feel good factor.

To widen the story line more, characters are added along the way. Miss Lynch (Alison Brander), of Rydell High, DJ, Vince Fontaine (Greg Poyser), the sassy Cha-Cha, the Latin bombshell (Evie Loannides), Patty, the annoying one (Annabell Haastrup), Eugene, the geeky one (Sam Ashall), not forgetting Teen Angel (Scott Fielding) and Johnny Casino (Max Fone) they all complemented the production.

The “Greaseometer” of enjoyment has to be seeing the audience on its feet mirroring the movement for the reprise of “Greased Lightning” and singing along.