Why, it’s Greased Lightnin!

GreaseposterBy Stephanie Heath

Audiences have been flocking to see Curtain Call’s latest Production – Grease the Musical, at Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre.

The T-Birds and Pink Ladies light up the stage in a fast paced show featuring many well-known songs including Summer Nights, You’re The One That I Want, Sandy and of course Grease Lightnin’

Grease tells the story of a group of kids starting their final year at Rydell High School in the small town of Rydell in 1950’s America.

Danny  (Jacob Taylor ) is the leader of the ultra-cool T-Birds – who’s only interests are cars, girls and hanging out with friends Kenickie (Ryan Bearpark),  Sonny (Sam Retford), Roger (Matt O’Donnell ) and Doody (Sean Clark-Wilkinson).

Sandy (Beth Kerrigan) is the new girl in school, and although she doesn’t really fit in with the Pink Ladies made up of Rizzo (Shannon Webb),  Jan  (Lianne Lewis), Marty (Heather Taylor) and Frenchie (Rhianne Stubbs), they are highly interested in her summer romance with Danny……..

Curtain Calls’ production team of Gail Montague, Joel Montague, musical director Malcolm Forbes-Peckham, Rhianne Stubbs & Ryan Bearpark and the entire cast have produced an awesome show that has wowed everyone that has been to see it so far.

greasecast2It is a sensory treat, with a number of tight routines and brilliant vocal performances.  It’s hard to pick out a performance that stands out, as they are all exceptionally good from all the cast, but I must give a special mention to the Teen Angel (Sean Hargreaves), Jonny Casino (Ben Stubbs) and to Cha Cha (Georgia Sproston) .  Cha Cha, along with Danny & Sandy, achieve one of the best dance routines in the show, equal (in my opinion!) to the awesome ‘Greased Lightnin’ scene.

My personal favourite character in the show is Patty, played brilliantly by Helen Edmonstone.  If there ever was an award for playing an over-the-top, annoying, tone deaf, caterwauling, tragic, show-off cheerleader with no sense of rhythm whatsoever, Helen would win it hands down!

With some very difficult scene changes, the back stage crew have worked their socks off and performed amazingly, and the lighting has been spectacular.

The entire cast and crew should be very proud of what they have achieved with Grease, I’ve had the privilege of being involved with this show, watching every night from the follow spot gallery.  At the end of each show the audiences have all left with beaming smiles on their faces – a sure sign this production has been a hit from start to finish.

A massive well done to everyone – including you Eugene!

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Curtain Call’s chosen charity is Cancer Research UK, and collections at the Theatre this week have raised over £2000 which is brilliant news.  On behalf of Curtain Call and Cancer Research UK, may I say a massive thank you to every kind person who has donated to this worthy cause.  If you would like further information about the work Cancer Research UK do, visit their website –www.cancerresearchuk.org

For more details about Curtain Call Productions, their website address is – curtaincall-productions.com

Photos Courtesy of Curtain Call productions.