Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks as the Cayman Drama Society invites you to join the Rydell High senior class of 1959. Its latest production – ‘Grease’ – hits the stage on May 31 and there is no doubt that it will be a sellout run.
The musical was first performed on Broadway in 1971, based on a book with the same name with the lyrics and music written by the legendary team of Warren Casey and Jim Jacob. It follows love-struck bad-boy Danny (played by Joe Roberts) and girl-next-door Sandy (introducing Sydney Darrow to the Prospect Playhouse stage) in a riot of pure fun. It’s the beloved rock ‘n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars and first loves, all set in the fabulous fifties.
“Everyone knows the songs and words to the classics ‘Summer Nights,’ ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ and ‘Greased Lightnin’,’ and we want our audience to feel like they too are back at Rydell. We want them to sing along, tap their feet and let loose!” say producers Andrew and Beverly Edgington, the team behind recent hits “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Footloose.”
The show is directed by talented young Caymanian, Matthew Pellow, in his directing debut, supported by choreography from Centre Pointe Dance Studios led by Sophie Gough, and Simon Donoghue as musical director.
Pellow was keen to bring “Grease” to the stage. “Grease, well it’s the word isn’t it!?” he laughs. “Musicals to me are [all about] slicked back hair, leather jackets and rock ‘n’ roll.” What has made it even more exciting is the amazing new and young talent that the Drama Society will be introducing to the Cayman audience. The younger T-Birds, played by Dylan Lewis, Euan Samuel and Adrian Anglin interact and bring the story alive in a fun and dynamic way while being totally distracted by the sassy, beautiful and witty Pink Ladies Laura Cooper, Mikayla Corin and Melody Allenger.
The characters of Kenickie and Rizzo head up these kids who “Rule The School” and are brought to life by Shane Delaney and Bex Robinson. Iconic songs such as “You’re the One That I Want,” “Sandy” and “Sandra Dee” will get you rocking in your seats, along with the iconic “Beauty School Drop Out,” which will be seen in a totally new way when delivered by Society stalwart Dominic Wheaton.
This timeless classic will teach us all that it doesn’t matter if we win or lose, it’s what we do with those dancing shoes!
The show opens on May 31 with doors open at 6:30 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. and curtain is at 5 p.m. for the two Sunday performances. “Grease” will run for four weeks until June 23. Tickets are on sale now at www.cds.ky. Adults are $30 and students are $20.