Last weekend the Fleischner Theatre was transformed by the irresistible pulse of rock ‘n’ roll. Matthew Maisey directed an automatic, systematic and hydromatic performance of the archetypal high school musical Grease, with glorious performances from everyone involved.
The staging was dynamic and colourful, building up to one of the key numbers – ‘Greased Lightning’ – with what looked like a real car parked in the middle of the stage, surrounded by somersaulting actors and dancers.
Oscar and Lucy played the leads with confidence and élan. They were ably supported by Zoe as Frenchie, Will as Kenickie and Alex as Roger. Laurence played Eugene and in amongst the T-Birds and Pink Ladies were Louis, Phaedra, George and Tilly. Dom raised the roof with a lightness of touch and an outfit to match, singing ‘Beauty School Dropout’ to rapturous screams. The band were accomplished, with Mark, Olly and Will, more than holding their own alongside professional music makers.
It had groove, it had meaning, and it left a full house in raptures… remembered forever, that’s the way it should be.