Greased lightnin' strikes at Knutsford Little Theatre | Knutsford Times

Greased lightnin’ strikes at Knutsford Little Theatre

By on August 11, 2019

Knutsford Little Theatre became home to Rydell High recently when its junior section brought to life Grease School Edition. Featuring a cast of 34 local children ranging from 8-16 years-old, the hugely popular show ran from 17-20 July.

This particular version of the classic musical, which was adapted by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and directed by Ben Evans-Clarke, follows the story of teen sweethearts, Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, played by Max Hildred and Erin Eaves. Deviating slightly from the original, it focuses more on the lives of the T Birds and Pink Ladies and their time at school, including the eagerly-anticipated, High School Hop.

Daisy Boardman, Jasmine Clew, Millie Graham and Eleanor Townsend were the Pink Ladies, while Callum Eaves, Arthur Gething, Harry Jennings and Harvey Watson took the roles of the T Birds.

In total there were an unprecedented 85 costumes that were brought together by a small band of hardworking and enthusiastic volunteers. The set was built by members of the theatre, who meet every Thursday night on non-production weeks. 

With a catchy rock and roll soundtrack, featuring much-loved songs such as Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin’, the cast, who sang with great passion and gusto, were backed by a fantastic live band, made up entirely of local volunteers.

Speaking after the final show on Saturday 20 July, Director, Ben Evans-Clarke said: “I am extremely proud of all of our juniors for creating yet another incredible piece of theatre. I am always impressed by how much these young people are able to develop their performance skills throughout their time with us, by not only working hard, but having immense fun and enjoying themselves along the way.” 

He added: “We had a huge amount of interest for the show and were delighted to have so many performers; there were some new faces, while others have been with us for years. However we are always looking for new members and would love to hear from anyone that would like to be involved, either as an actor, director or as part of the production and backstage crew. Run entirely by volunteers, this production would never have happened without the support of parent helpers and adult members.” 

The theatre’s next junior show is the Addams Family Young@Part which will run from 15-18 July 2020 and will be directed by Ben. Additionally the theatre will soon start the search for a junior team to take part in its pantomime, Robin Hood, which will be directed by Ian Graham with auditions coming soon.

The junior section, aged between 8-18 years, meet up regularly on Sundays and will return after the summer break at the beginning of September. For more details on getting involved with the juniors, please contact Knutsford Little Theatre at info@knutsfordlittletheatre.com or follow it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The theatre’s next production is ‘Confusions’ by Alan Ackbourn, which is directed by Pete Blain and runs from 4-7 September.  www.knutsfordlittletheatre.com

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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