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SIDMOUTH: Grease is the word

Thursday, 13 March 2014

SIDMOUTH Youth Theatre recently performed a sell-out production of the hit stage musical “Grease”.
With a 70-strong cast the stage was bursting with energy and enthusiasm from curtain up to curtain down.
Audiences were treated to upbeat songs, 1950s 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, support.
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.
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, just as in the film, whilst two angels (Guy Hilliar and Lee Clayden) on roller skates drifted across the stage, raising a huge cheer from the audience.
“Magic Changes” was visually captivating, with Zac Robinson wowing the audience with lead vocals, while “Greased Lightning”, sung and danced with amazing energy by the male cast, 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 Sidmouth College year 11 student Jerome Blackburn on drums and former-student Jonah Hitchens on guitar, who all played flawlessly throughout.
The show was directed by Angela Davies with Kylie Joyce as assistant.

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