Herts and Essex High School stages stage and screen musical Grease over three nights and a matinee
The Brylcreem is ready and the petticoats have been puffed out as students at Herts and Essex High prepare to stage their latest school production, Grease.
Looking to follow in the highly successful footsteps of Hairspray, Annie and Les Miserables, the all-singing, all-dancing show involves 120-plus pupils from the Warwick Road secondary’s drama and music departments.
Alexandra Lee, who places Frenchy, said: “Already this looks like the best show we’ve done – it’s all going to look and sound so good!”
Set in 1959 America, the much-loved musical centres on the attraction between Sandy, a wholesome newcomer to Rydell High, and Danny, the leather-clad leader of the T-Birds.
Featuring songs from the original 1971 US stage production and the 1978 film, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin and You’re The One That I Want, the cast of all ages will be accompanied by a live band, promising to light up the stage with energy as they play out the romances, friendships and adventures of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies.
Executive head teacher Cathy Tooze said: “The school's been buzzing for weeks with the familiar catchy Grease tunes. It’s going to be a showcase for the wonderful drama and music which goes on at Herts and Essex.”
Ticket sales indicate the show is going to be a sell-out. Performances take place at 7pm nightly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Jan 30-Feb 1). There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 concessions.
Audience members can further immerse themselves in the experience by enjoying a hot dog, fries and a shake in a mocked-up ‘American diner’ with the cast before the show. The food experience is an additional £5.
To book tickets, email Caitlin Hayward on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More by this authorEleanor Kent