Grease per­for­mance set to please au­di­ences

South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HAKINAKINA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.’’

Photo: CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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