Grease is the word as Stage Experience's talented young cast wows with another showstopper. The much-loved musical was brought to bright, hand-jiving life with great energy that was shared by both cast and audience alike.
Rizzo (Sofi Robinson) stood out as one of the major highlights of the show, with fantastic renditions of Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee and There Are Worse Things I Could Do. Her sass and tough nature came across beautifully, along with a fiery relationship with Kenickie, both sharing great chemistry throughout. Kenickie (Caven Rimmer) was utterly wonderful in Greased Lightning with a powerful performance as the lead vocalist, played with great confidence and panache.
There were lovely vocals also from Jordan Ricketts as Danny Zuko in Sandy, conveying well the romance of Zuko's true feelings towards Sandy; ably played by Georgia Anderson, she clearly is an exceptionally talented vocalist with confidence and a love of performing that really shows.
The rest of the Pink Ladies group were wonderfully fun, Marty (Jasmine Sheen), Jan (Melissa Huband) and Frenchy (Georgina Steggles) keeping the pace up with some great comic timing along with their well-matched counterparts in the T-Birds with Sonny (Harry Sheasby), Roger (Harry Chapman) and Doody (Charlie Howell). There some beautiful solo and group performances from all in Freddy My Love, Those Magic Changes and Mooning, whilst Mark Walsh as the Teen Angel performed a fabulous and funny rendition of Beauty School Dropout – a great hit with the audience.
A mention must be given to the stunning and complex choreography, particularly in Greased Lightning, We Go Together and You're The One That I Want, and was performed ably, with endless enthusiasm by the entire cast. Lighting was also used brilliantly, with vibrant colours and bright beams building up the bubbly atmosphere that Grease is so well known for.
Director and Choreographer, Pollyanna Tanner, certainly knows what she's doing – to whip up such an ultra-professional show in only two weeks is impressive, and Stage Experience’s performances never fail to deliver.
Grease runs until 20 August at the New Alexandra Theatre.
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