Seth Blackburn as Danny and Mackenzie Gardner as Rizzo (centre) with the cast of Grease. Photo: Supplied.

Grease is still the word


The original high school musical is coming to town.

The Nelson Youth Theatre Company are ready to kick off their ten-performance run of Grease at the Theatre Royal tomorrow night.

A vibrant cast of 50, ranging in age from 13 to early 20s, will take audiences back to Rydell High in 1959 with plenty of rock ‘n’ roll, hand jives and slick hair.

“Everyone’s very excited by this one – a real high energy blast,” says the show’s director, Richard Carruthers.

Featuring the classic songs ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ – Richard says it will be a show for even the most tired theatre grouch.

Since the show’s Broadway premiere in 1972, followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease has become a firm favourite around the globe.

Richard labels Grease as the “a timeless classic that never seems to age”.

“Casts and audiences alike love to be in it and to watch it.”

The production features the work of two of the theatre company’s choreographers, Aimee Robinson and Alex Jensen, while many of the costumes have been sourced from the United States by wardrobe manager and long-time Grease fan, Tracy Saunders.

“We also have a great hairdressing team from Aboki who have prepared hair for Grease at least twice before and know the styles and looks that suit the period,” says Richard.

“Everyone’s really pumped and ready to break loose on stage. They’ve prepared hard, danced their socks off and are ready for a big and lively audience.”

Grease is on at the Theatre Royal from 19 – 29 September. Tickets are available from TicketDirect or the Theatre Royal.