Students wow audiences at Excel with Grease production

The 19th collaboration between St. Anne’s School and The Abbey has resulted in a very entertaining show that gave audiences a much needed break from a dreary winter and sent them home smiling and humming the iconic song, “Greased Lightnin’”. Transition year students have worked diligently for the past three months to produce a highly entertaining show that has wowed audiences in the Excel Theatre. The lead roles of Danny and Sandy were played by Pearse O’Dwyer and Ruta Petkute who reprised these iconic characters with much finesse and talent and breathed new life into them. The audience was indeed catapulted back to Rydell High in the 1950s during the two hour performance.

The 19th collaboration between St. Anne’s School and The Abbey has resulted in a very entertaining show that gave audiences a much needed break from a dreary winter and sent them home smiling and humming the iconic song, “Greased Lightnin’”. Transition year students have worked diligently for the past three months to produce a highly entertaining show that has wowed audiences in the Excel Theatre. The lead roles of Danny and Sandy were played by Pearse O’Dwyer and Ruta Petkute who reprised these iconic characters with much finesse and talent and breathed new life into them. The audience was indeed catapulted back to Rydell High in the 1950s during the two hour performance.

The show was performed for the local schools on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and the audiences were very encouraging for the novice actors and dancers. Nightly performances were held and robustly supported pm November 29th 30th and December 1st. The nightly shows were well supported by parents, siblings and extended family who were a warm and appreciative audience.

The show Grease was the joint brainchild of co-creators, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey whose show has become an iconic rite of passage musical for teenagers. It is a show that in 1979 was awarded the accolade of the longest-running musical in the history of Broadway. It is a hit with teenagers everywhere as it deals with the angst coming-of-age brings to teenagers. It is a fitting tribute to the show that in its fortieth anniversary, the issues of peer pressure make it just as relevant and poignant for teenagers today.

Grease is a musical that contains many songs which we have become familiar to music lovers everywhere. The Grease medley is familiar to many and makes them nostalgic for their teenage years. It is also a musical with wonderful dance routines. Much credit must be given to the Choreography team of Aisling Buckley, Evelyn O’Meara, Karen Kissane and Michelle Guilfoyle who choreographed a show that was visually spectacular.

The comic timing of the Pink Ladies and the T Birds cannot be overpraised. In particular Kevin Kinane’s lines as Roger stood out for their light-hearted humour.

Our producer Michael O’Donoghue and Muscial Director Pat Marnane made this show very enjoyable through their vision and dedication to making this annual collaboration stellar in its success. Their work on an annual basis with the schools is enjoyable for students and audiences alike.

The co-ordinators of the musical in both schools, Mr. Pat Donovan and Ms. Mary Wilkins have successfully and competently pulled off another musical triumph and we thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts which are mammoth and require a lot of dedication. Both schools thanked all the sponsors without whom such a production could not be funded. A special thank you to the audiences who came in their droves and aided the students greatly through their encouraging applause and loud cheering. We appreciate your support.