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‘Grease In-Review’ – Michael Jordan

Year 12 student, Michael Jordan, looks back on this term’s fantastic production of ‘Grease’, the full review will be published in the Stamfordian.

“The musical talent displayed during the show was phenomenal, allowing a myriad of overwhelmingly gifted singers to well and truly show their stuff! From the beautiful gospel choir sopranos in Beauty School Dropout to the upbeat rhythms of We Go Together, the ensemble’s singing made the audience want to join in. Furthermore, the soloists gave me goose bumps on several occasions. Emily Rodriguez and Charlie Watt stood out to me as having particularly powerful voices. But needless to say every single singer was sensational.

The Year 13's all took on their roles immaculately. Ben Crick’s double role as Eugene and the Teen Angel showed just how well he was able to bring two very different characters to life. Also, Beth Fitt and Fraser Norton played their comical characters very effectively and were an absolute joy to watch. The performances of Declan Spaine and Emily Watt, who played Danny and Sandy were exceptional. Both of them were splendid actors, singers and dancers.

It was great to see Mrs Carrie Anne Hill and Miss Anneke Davies’ work shine through, especially during the melodramatic movie scene, acted by Hal Parkes, Lucy Little and Eliot Siggs. Mrs Hill’s eye-catching choreography was ingenious too. Each dance was completely different and almost had me jumping from my seat and joining in multiple times, much like the singing.

The technical side of the production was also incredibly professional. The stage crew implemented the transition of props and set so fluidly that it felt like I was watching a West End show. All of the outfits were mesmerising and definitely captured the contrast between the jocks, the nerds and the seniors. Well done, Miss Kate Woodward!

Well done to Mr. Giles Turner for leading the singers and the band with such success. And well done to the drama department: to Miss Anneke Davies for her continued and dedicated support in directing and producing, and to Mrs Carrie Anne Hill for her enormous effort and the time she took to plan and direct/choreograph this wonderful show. To the cast and crew, I hope you enjoyed taking part as much as I enjoyed watching the performance.”