FOUR electrifying evenings are in store at Morpeth’s high school next week.
And audiences at King Edward VI School’s production of Grease will have a blast watching some classic songs as its producers have managed to secure the rights to favourites from the film, such as You’re The One That I Want and Hopelessly Devoted To You.
The high-energy musical set in 1959 sees students at Rydell High deal with relationships, teen pregnancy and gang battles, focusing in particular on the love story between T-Bird Danny Zuko (played by Jay Duffield) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Lauren Gordon).
There is a total cast of 58 from Years 9 to 13, and a student band, with others working behind the scenes.
Head of Performing Arts Fleur Williams said: “The camaraderie between the cast is fantastic and they are all looking forward to the performances. We chose Grease because we had a lot of girls wanting to take part in this year’s musical and we felt this was the one to best show their talents, plus we haven’t done it at KEVI for a while.
“This is the first time that I and Caroline Stephen have directed our musical and so it is a very busy time for us at the moment, but we’re enjoying it and are very excited about the show.”
Mrs Stephen, Assistant Head of Year 10, added: “Last year’s musical, Fame, did very well and so we needed another big name production to follow it to help us attract full audiences once again.
“Being part of KEVI productions like this is really good for our students’ CVs and their applications for university and performing arts schools.”
The cast was put together in November and rehearsals have been taking place since January.
Lauren, in Year 11, was delighted to get the lead female role and is looking forward most of all to singing You’re The One That I Want.
“I really want to do musical theatre when I’m older and this is a great opportunity to do it now,” she added.
Year 12 student Matthew Dunbar, who plays Doody, is appearing in his first KEVI musical.
He said: “The character I play allows me to be a bit of an idiot on stage and I’m looking forward to singing a solo, Those Magic Changes.”
Michael Fielding, playing Kenickie, said: “The cast have spent so much time together that we have become like a family.”
Grease will be performed each day in the Lower School Hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 26, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for students and can be bought in advance from the school on 01670 515415.