Grease: Opening night review

Opening night review by Sally Hardy-Jones (U6WAL)

Grease is the way I am feeling!  

The latest King’s School theatrical production makes for a charming, diverting and spirited evening, and sees a group of 11-18 year olds transformed into joyful performers, glowing with professionalism. The cast breathe life into this well-known and cherished classic brilliantly, unphased by its huge legacy. 

A poignant moment that should be highlighted is the explosion of genius in the ‘Summer Nights’ scene whereby the enchantment of the cast was evident through their use of vocal skills and physical expression.

The chemistry between lead role ‘Danny’ (Sameer Dhanjee) and ‘Sandy’ (Freya Beyeler) was simply captivating as they showed the tentative opening stages of a blossoming high school romance.

Spellbinding performances also came from Vince Fontaine (Sonny Santangeli) through comical characterisation and charisma, and Frenchie LeFevre (Winnie Thomas) whose performance resonated as an angelic dalliance.  

Clare Howdon should be credited for pulling together this exceptional spectacle, alongside Julia Williams and Shirley Davis who have created dances brimming with sass and attitude. And of course, finally, the band were integral to sustaining the energy and pomp of the iconic songs.   

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