Grease performance set to please audiences
A classic story is in the hands of Forest View High School students and they aim to do it justice.
About 80 students are working hard during the lead up to their double cast rendition of Grease.
Most characters have two cast members assigned and they will alternate between the shows.
But with challenges and pressure to stick to the script, it has been a difficult task, director Mandy Johansson said
The ‘‘ stressful’’ job has not made them give up.
‘‘We wanted to challenge ourselves, last year we did our own interpretation of Romeo and Juliet,’’ she said.
From the script to the colours of the costume, the production team have had to follow the story given to them.
Despite the hurdles, cast members and the backstage crew have powered through.
And for some, overcoming their fears was the biggest hurdle.
Zoe Ramage, who plays one of the Rizzos, is featuring in her first production.
Ramage said she has never been a singer and her role includes two solo performances.
Yet it only took a confidence in herself to change that.
‘‘It’s pretty scary at first . . . very daunting,’’ she said.
As for Melissa Drysdale, who plays one of the Sandys, the stage was all too familiar.
‘‘I think we all start out having fears and being freaked out by singing,’’ she said.
Sasha Te Whare plays one of the main characters named Danny.
Te Whare said he was challenged with the character’s personality.
According to Te Whare he needs to ‘‘exaggerate’’ how ‘‘cool’’ he is in order to portray the character correctly.
The lead cast members said although the show is not exactly like the movie, audiences should be ‘‘pleasantly surprised.’’
Seeing doubles: Melissa Drysdale, front, is good girl Sandy in the high school Grease production while her double Nicole Rusk, back left, stands with Sasha Te Whare who plays bad boy Danny.