Grease — a rousing success
The College’s sell-out season of Grease at The Alexander Theatre was an absolute knock out. The biggest College production for some years, Grease was a joint effort of a new creative partnership forged between the College and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College (OLSH) in Bentleigh. The College’s Drama Coordinator, Mr Andrew Murrell, exercised his masterful direction skills once again unleashing a colourful 90- minute show which got the audience tapping along to old favourites, such as Greased Lighting, Grease and You’re the One That I Want.
The 80 strong cast led by De La Salle College’s Liam Gava as Danny Zuko and OLSH’s Gillian Lantouris as Sandy Dumbrowski have been in rehearsals for the last six months and the hard work has paid off. Audiences were dazzled by the exciting repertoire under the musical direction of Cindy Frost and the tight dance routines choreographed by OLSH’s Gina Coatzee.
Grease has always been an audience favourite. Who could forget Danny the sensitive gang leader, Sandy the girl from the other side of the tracks and Rizzo the tough, young teen. And to top it off the production featured a Greased Lighting car on stage and a ‘teen angel’ who flies!
Both principals — OLSH’s Ms Anne O’Loughlan and De La Salle’s Mr Peter Houlihan — are right behind the new creative partnership and are looking forward to a long line of future successes.
Mr Murrell said this has been our biggest effort in the school production for some years and the students appear to have had a great time. “The learning curve they go on from first rehearsal to final show is very large. They learn skills and self-discipline, make new friends and find a professional approach in an unfamiliar environment. And, in the end, they produce an entertaining piece of theatre for you to watch,” he said.