Shoo bee doo wop do wop, it’s got mean­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Shane Ni­chols

A packed Clink Theatre re­sounded to the much loved mu­si­cal Grease at its Port Dou­glas pre­miere on Tues­day night.

They saw a show of mes­meris­ing dance and song that dis­played stage ta­lent drawn lo­cally and from Cairns in an as­sured pro­duc­tion that was a step up from the ac­com­plished An­nie of last year.

They were lit­er­ally danc­ing in the aisles from the out­set – at least the cast was, for the sig­na­ture open­ing tune Grease Is The Word.

It kept up much like that for the en­tire 95-minute jour­ney through teenage angst in down home rock ’n roll Amer­ica in 1959.

The cast were com­pletely at home in the world of hot rods, leather jack­ets, sweaters, bobby sox, and duck­tails and French roll coif­fure.

Stephanie Collins as lead char­ac­ter Sandy ex­tends the part in the sec­ond half as the nar­ra­tive moves into the re­la­tion­ship with Danny (co-lead Myles Hollo-Rus­sell). Her ex­pe­ri­ence with the Cairns Choral So­ci­ety stands her in good stead for the de­mand­ing role.

Hollo-Rus­sell has had less stage time but still holds his own as the other half of a duo that has been loved over the decades, not least for the fe­male film lead hav­ing been played by our own Olivia New­ton-John and the male lead by John Tra­volta.

But those ex­pect­ing a recreation of the film will be mis­taken, for the the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion has el­e­ments more suited to the stage and unique to it.

One of the most pleas­ing is the ex­tended jive talk se­quence that has the full cast on stage in a chore­o­graphic rave up of great in­ven­tive­ness and fun. Lo­cals Braden Lau­rin (Kenicki, who sings Greased Light­ning) com­mands his first singing role with DTAG and Mel Boon does a stun­ning job of play­ing Rizzo.

So­phie O’Gor­man-Pe­track stood out in yet an­other role where the re­quire­ment for an out­go­ing and ex­u­ber­ant per­son­al­ity (as sweet and con­niv­ing cheer­leader Patti) is por­trayed seem­ingly so ef­fort­lessly.

An­other 21 lo­cals com­plete the cast and it looks like ev­ery­one’s hav­ing a swell time. The comic relief boys bring plenty of lev­ity and the au­di­ence is never starved for laughs.

Pro­duc­tion started last Novem­ber un­der the guid­ance of Siob­han Del­gardo (di­rec­tor) and later on the renowned Alteouise De Vaughn as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor.

Pro­ducer Michael Kerr said “it’s thrilling af­ter all this work to see this fan­tas­tic show hit the stage.

“We’re booked solid for the en­tire run of 10 shows though lim­ited seats are still avail­able.”

Pic­ture: LISA LAU­RIN

You’re the one that I want: Sandy and Danny in Grease

Mel Boon as Rizzo

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