Another show I’ve been looking forward to is Gosford Musical Society’s production of Grease. Although I’ve long been a fan of the 1978 movie, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to see the theatrical show and I was curious to see how it would play out on stage. There is always some trepidation when seeing a recreation of an old favourite, but GMS didn’t disappoint. All the loved characters are immediately recognisable the moment they step on stage, and the best moments and songs from the movie are all there, but new songs and a new spin on the familiar plot make it a fresh experience for moviegoers.
The two leads, Joshua Keane and Kate Leslie, give assured performances in the roles of Danny and Sandy and their vocal talents are worthy of Travolta and Newton-John; Joshua really stuns the audience when he starts hitting the high Cs! But this is a generous production in which everyone has an opportunity to shine, and shine they do. It’s good to see talented youngsters like James Wright and Blake Wood from GMS juniors now taking their place in senior shows, and there are some faces in the show that, while they have long been familiar to me from productions around the Central Coast, are new to me in the context of the Laycock Stage. Veteran Coastie, Pollyanna Forshaw, makes brief but memorable appearances as the imposing principal, Miss Lynch, and the talented Richard Lovegrove captures the audience in the role of Kenickie.
All the other elements of the show – slick direction, colourful costuming and great musical numbers – are of the usual high GMS standard. Ingenious and versatile sets create the different locations in and around the Rydell campus and the choreography isn’t afraid to recapture the raunchy cheekiness of the movie, especially in the show stopping “Greased Lightning”. Great performances and high energy all around are guaranteed to have everyone dancing in their seats.
Most performances of this hugely popular show are now sold out but GMS have added extra dates to the run to help meet demand. Book now or you’ll miss out! Call 43 233 233 or book online at www.laycockstreettheatre.com [Image courtesy of GMS publicity]