Harvey Waller - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Good Luck to all the cast and crew, I'm sure you'll put on another wonderful performance this evening.

Grease is on this week with evening performances on 12th & 13th December at 6.30pm, tickets available from reception. Friday 14th is sold out!
Doors open at 5pm - come and enjoy our Christmas stalls, tombola, raffle, drinks and snacks.

Fantastic Opening Night!

"The opening night for Grease was absolutely brilliant! The sheer amount of talent, commitment and energy on show was hugely inspiring.
I just wanted to say a huge well done and congratulations to all the performing arts team, cast and crew..
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for this evening or tomorrow you’re in for a treat
" -
Catherine Jessey

"Grease was such a phenominal production and I am just sorry that more people from the wider community missed out on such a performance. All students who took part should be so proud of what they did and it looks as though we shall soon be seeing some of them on stage and perhaps TV in the near future. Once again a credit to the school not only to the performers but to the back stage crew and also the meeters and greeters who were so considerate and polite. A rare thing these days. Please pass on our congratulations to all involved." - Mike Noble from Downlands Court

Ms Pannett's Review

Chase away the winter blues with some hot Summer Nights!
It won’t surprise you that Grease is another five star show from our super talented Drama department, but what might surprise you is the sheer quality and versatility of the cast. From show stopping musical numbers through knock about comedy all the way to surprisingly moving emotional scenes.

For three nights only, the normally mundane school hall is transformed into a High School deep in the American 1950s. The name, RYDELL HIGH shimmers in bright lights at the back of the stage, but the performers shine even brighter.

A supremely confident and wonderfully deadpan Ameleah Parker sets the tone for the evening and does a superb job of keeping those errant High School kids in check as Ms Lynch, the High School Principal. The first musical number The Alma Mater bursts into life with the entire cast on stage. The Pink Ladies satin jackets shimmer, the T Birds swagger in their leathers and jeans. It is all as glamorous as Oscars night on the red carpet.

The lead actors all do a fabulous job: Tegan Pinchess as the over nice, over enthusiastic Patty Simcox provides a wonderful contrast to the ‘too-cool-for-school’ Pink ladies, and Freddy Allen plays the geeky Eugene. Sophia Bianciardi perfectly captures the kooky but kind Jan, whilst Charlie Dey is an energetic singing and dancing Marty. Frenchie, that dreamy beauty school drop out with the head of shocking pink hair is beautifully played by Evie Turner and Charlotte Wales portrays the wise-cracking, tough Rizzo with style.

The T birds offer a more humorous counterpoint to our pink satin clad ladies. Bailey Dean inhabits the charismatic bad boy, Kenickie with ease, even sporting a full tattoo sleeve for the role. Ryan King as Sonny exudes a puppy dog charm as he tries (and mostly fails) to win over various Pink Ladies. Sam Benham brings a winning enthusiasm and a great sense of comedy to the role of Roger and Daniel Wales not only acts with a disarming smile, sings and dances but also plays guitar in the role of Doody, a T bird who doesn’t quite know whether to smile and sing or start a fight.

The lead roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are played effortlessly by James Lay and Lydia Curd. Danny is a chancer, the leader of the pack and Sandy is smitten, won over by his good looks and apparently hopeless devotion. James Lay captures Danny’s toughness and popularity as well as his easy charm. As Sandy, Lydia nails the desperation of wanting to fit in whilst trying to stay true to yourself.

The hand jive competition scene allows the cast to shine. Ben Standing exudes charm as the minor celebrity Vince Fontaine, Chloe Burrows and Florence Medley provide musical accompaniment and the whole cast dances up a storm. A special mention must go to Katie Lane (who also helped choreograph the show) for a riotous Cha-Cha. Katie plays Rizzo at alternate performances, and Aimee Gorringe plays Sandy. Although I didn’t see Aimee and Katie in their other roles they were both excellent in this version with Aimee singing ‘It’s Raining on Prom Night’ in a beautiful duet with Lydia Curd.

Revelation of the evening has to go to Ethan Hornsbury as wonderfully other-worldly Teen Angel in Beauty School Drop Out. There was a confidence and stillness to his performance that was jaw-dropping. And then he opened his mouth and sang with the voice of an X-Factor finalist and a PCS star was born.

A shout out also to the band with Matt Casterton’s smooth base, Rodney Browne tinkling the ivories and Nick Gates keeping everything in time.

Bravo to Mrs Alborough and Mr Robertson, Mr Casterton, Ms Blake, Ms Hulatt and Ms Staples, you’ve done it again!

Please click on the links below for the  posters of the production:

Landscape Poster
Portrait Poster