Grease is the word at John Cabot Academy

March 29 2018
Grease is the word at John Cabot Academy

STUDENTS at John Cabot Academy put on their own spectacular version of Grease for their annual production.

More than ninety students from Years 7 to 11 auditioned for the hotly contested parts, with 50 making it through the final audition and into the cast.

Stars of the all-singing, all-dancing musical, set in California 1959, included Charley Adams, Year 10, as greaser Danny Zuko and Annabelle Grant, Year 11, as new student Sandy Olsson. 

The show, about teens in love, also featured members of the gang the T-Birds, a gang of black leather jacket-wearing greasers, and the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-jacket wearing girls led by Rizzo.

The musical was supported by an impressive live five-piece student band consisting of Year 11s and a Year 10 student. Lights and sound was managed by Mr Bridges and Mr Kennedy and their technical team of Key Stage 3 students. 

The production has been more than four months in rehearsal, with students giving up time in their holiday and after school.

The show ran for three sell-out nights and had the audience dancing in the aisles to hits from the show that included ‘You’re the one that I want’ and ‘Greased Lightning’.

Emily Grainger, drama teacher and Charlotte Grierson, music teacher, said: "This was our first joint production and we have been really overwhelmed by the amount of students that wanted to get involved. We are very proud of their hard work, commitment and achievement in putting on this amazing production. A big thank you must also go to staff and parents who have supported us in the process. Grease is the word!” 

The T-Birds and Pink Ladies also performed segments from the show to Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cottrell. They sang hits, acted scenes and undertook a Q&A with pupils at the school.