Pupils show that Grease is the word

Pupils show that Grease is the word

8th April 2014


STUDENTS have been regaling a rock and roll love story transporting the audience back to the upbeat school days of 1950s America.

Matinee and evening performances enjoyed a rousing display of music and dance as the school staged its annual spectacular.

A 50-strong cast at the Allertonshire School, Northallerton, staged the musical Grease to packed houses of primary school children, friends and family. Students adopted the roles of stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, musicians, make-up artists, wardrobe and props masters and front of house staff.

The 70-minute performance saw Zara Wilson and Eleanor Reynolds share the main role of Sandy while lead man Danny was played by Alex Kennedy.

The show marked the culmination of six months of rehearsals by students from Years 7-9.

Music teacher Mary David said: “They have all done brilliantly well and I am really pleased with how they performed, given that it is a challenging and mature play.

“Many of the cast had not been experienced dancers and worked incredibly hard to learn the steps.

“We are particularly pleased with our lead, Alex, who only took over the role of Danny in January. He really ‘stepped up’ to learn his lines and dance routines in time and performed brilliantly. I am proud of all of the students who took part.”

Year 8 student Anna Almond said: “Grease was one of the best experiences ever; we were like a huge family.”

Year 9 student Thea Crocker added: “Productions at the Allertonshire have given me so much confidence and I am sure there will be as many opportunities at Northallerton College.”

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