Grease is the Word
Monday, 17 June 2019
Pupils in Years 7 to 9 performed Grease as this year’s Middle School Production. The whole cast worked hard in rehearsals to polish their singing, dancing and acting to perfection and producer Ms Field and music director Mrs Wade could not have been happier with the girls’ efforts.
Molly Bell and Georgia McGinty gave stellar performances as the main characters, Sandy and Danny, from the first notes of ‘Summer Nights’ to the sensational finale of ‘You’re The One That I Want’! Both girls were particularly moving while singing ‘Alone At A Drive-In Movie’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’.
The main characters were ably supported by the T Birds and Pink Ladies, with each character given their moment to shine. Connie Wright’s Rizzo was pitch-perfect throughout, but particularly when singing ‘Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee’. Lonique Mayou brought Kenickie to life with style and confidence, and the T Birds’ performance of ‘Greased Lightning’ was surely one of the show’s many highlights. Felicity Field as Doody and Anika Maini as Marty brought humour with their songs, ‘Those Magic Changes’ and ‘Freddy, My Love’, as did Charlotte Hothersall and Lola Rigby as Roger and Jan in their shared song ‘Mooning’, and Zara Kadva through her role as Sonny. Frenchy’s struggles as a ‘Beauty School Dropout’ were performed admirably by Nathalie Rippingale, with Ella Worsley bringing a little magic to the stage as the Teen Angel!
The large ensemble shone in the dance numbers, particularly ‘Born to Hand Jive’ and ‘We Go Together’. The fast-paced lyrics and complex choreography were both executed perfectly!
A live band provided music for the cast throughout, featuring the talents of Lucy Stiles in Year 12 (saxophone), Mrs Price (keyboard), Mr Bleasdale (bass guitar), Mr Gjylaci (electric guitar) and Mr Forgrieve (drums). Mrs Fielder and Emily Fielder gave their support backstage, and Charley Wakefield and Lorna Stirzacker worked in the lighting box with technical support from Mr Kyle and Mr Deakin. Make-up artists Leah Chadwick, Lizzy Glover and Izzy Howe supplied the cast with perfect late-1950 looks for the stage, while Ms Rigby delivered the show’s choreography.
The Parents’ Association offered a delicious spread of refreshments during the interval, with the proceeds going towards the refurbishment of the theatre.
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