Grease is the word at St. Mary's
St. Mary’s was transformed into Rydell High in America recently when the school mounted a successful production of the 1950s musical Grease.
Families and friends packed the St. Mary’s school hall to the rafters for the three-night run of the school version of the 1972 Broadway hit which later became the legendary 1978 Hollywood musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. A cast of around 40 pupils performed in the show which made full use of a new state-of-the-art sound and light system installed in the hall during the summer.
In the St. Mary’s production the lead roles of Danny and Sandy were played by 18-year-old Charlie Dandy from Southport and Head Girl, 17-year-old Niamh Thomas from Blundellsands. Their versions of famous songs like ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’ and ‘You're The One That I Want’ generated a fantastic response from the audience.
They received excellent support from the rest of the talented cast - including the members of the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds - whose versions of other well-known songs like ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Greased Lightning’ received an equally warm reception.
The show - which involved five months of rehearsals - was directed by St. Mary’s Head of English, Peter Ravenscroft, and the Musical Director was Andrew Byers who also performed in the seven-piece band. It was the school’s first major musical production since Oliver, Lionel Bart’s 1960s Dickensian classic, in 2010.
Peter Ravenscroft commented, “Tackling this iconic show about young love, rebellion and what it’s like to be a teenager was always going to be a very ambitious venture. However, thanks to the abundance of acting and musical ability here at St. Mary’s, the production was a pleasure to direct and the talent, energy and enjoyment of the performers was visible for everyone to see. Ultimately though, the success of the show was down to a team effort, and as well as the cast and musicians I’d like to thank everyone else involved, including those who helped out backstage, sourced props and provided refreshments.”
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