The hottest ticket in town last week was for Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s sell-out production of “Grease.” With a talented 70 strong cast from Years 8 to 13, the stage was bursting with energy and enthusiasm from curtain up to curtain down.
Performances were strong from every cast member and audiences were treated to fabulous songs, period costumes and props and excellent acting throughout.
The leather-jacket clad T-Birds were ably led by Jake Burlow as super-cool Danny, with Mark Rose, Zac Robinson, Pascal Bisson and Joe Buckland providing strong, strutting support as gang members. Jasmine Horth gave a tremendous performance as Sandy, who fully embodied her role in both looks and character. She was well supported by the Pink Ladies – Matilda Reynolds, Sasha Cottam, Lauren French and Molly Morton who all shone with well-defined characters.
There was great humour throughout and the audience thoroughly enjoyed Doody’s (Zac Robinson) attempts to count his way through the formal dances, Frenchie’s (Molly Morton) horror when her precious magazine containing pictures of Ricky Nelson was trampled underfoot and Roger (Pascal Bisson) finding the courage to ask Jan on a date.
Toe-tapping songs such as “We Go Together” were delivered by the strong, talented and disciplined chorus.
“Beauty School Dropout”, well sung by Sam Neal as Teen Angel, saw a chorus of ‘angels’ sporting silver toilet roll headdresses and silver capes, whilst two angels (Guy Hilliar and Lee Clayden) on roller skates leggings drifted across the stage raising a huge cheer from the audience.
All the characters who had solos sung well and with conviction, keeping faithful to their characters throughout.
“Magic Changes” was visually captivating, with Zac Robinson wowing the audience with lead vocals and a colourful dynamic chorus supporting him. Whilst “Greased Lightning”, sung and danced with amazing energy by the male ‘greasers’, brought the house down.
This was a slick production in every sense, from the well-trained chorus, who looked amazing in their accurate 1950’s costumes, strong soloists including Myles Reed (Hand Jive) and Vicky Wyant (It’s Raining on Prom Night), a stage crew who worked tirelessly in the background to ensure scene changes were quick and unobtrusive, to a hugely talented band of musicians, led by Allan Fouracre and including our own Year 11 student Jerome Blackburn on drums and ex-student Jonah Hitchens on guitar, who all played flawlessly throughout.
Grease was an enormous hit with audience members of all ages. Musical theatre enthusiast, Laura Billington, said, “I came to watch your production of Grease on Saturday afternoon and would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations on a great show! I very much enjoyed it! The whole cast was enthusiastic, the dancing was slick, and the costumes very in keeping with the era. The principals were confident and took their roles well, and the chorus provided a strong support. The T-Birds were great and I thought Jake Burlow and Mark Rose did a fantastic job in their roles as Danny and Kinickie respectively. The Pink Ladies were funny and very much reminded me of the famous gang in the film. I particularly enjoyed the performance by Samuel Neal as Teen Angel who sang with style and humour. Congratulations to Miss Angela Davies for directing such a fantastic group of children so well and creating a fabulous show!”
The pride that Angela Davies, Director, and Kylie Joyce, Assistant Director, felt was genuine and heart-felt. Angela has, once again, produced a professional and hugely enjoyable production that was described by Principal, Kenny Duncan, as “Magnificent”. This has been echoed by everyone who saw it. Those who missed it, missed an absolute treat! Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the production