Treading the boards again

The Cast of Grease  at Colaiste Ris

The Cast of Grease at Colaiste Ris

After a hiatus of almost twenty years, the students of Coláiste Rís are hitting the stage again with their production of the highly acclaimed musical “Grease” this May.

The last musical performance was in 1995 and the school is eager to make up for lost time with this production undertaken by the Transition Year students in the school. The students have been busy rehearsing since auditions in early November, under the watchful eyes of directing teachers Evan Markey and Helen McKeown. The dedication of the students to perfecting their roles and dance moves culminated in their class trip to Cork to see a professional staging of the musical in the Cork Opera House earlier this year.

Speaking about the event, transition year student Lynn Clarke-Hearty who plays the lead role of Sandy, said everyone was looking forward to the show.

“All of the Transition Year students are involved in the production, including the promotion of the event, the costumes and the set design so it’s a big production with everyone working as a team.”

“Learning the routines was probably most difficult for us all, as there were many moves involved, from technical lifts to dancing on our two feet. We really had to get in the groove with our dancing shoes.”

So come on down to 1950’s Rydell High School, where the familiar summer romance between Danny and Sandy unfolds in a music and dance extravaganza with performances of the most memorable and unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease Is The Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightnin” and more! Grease is the word!

Grease the Musical will be held in An Táin Theatre on the 15th, 17th and 18th of May 2014 at 8pm with a matinee performance on Sunday 18th May at 3pm. Tickets are available from An Táin Theatre box office.


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