Grease is a 1950's rock and roll love story. It highlights a group of teenagers attitudes to life and authority which seems to revolve around cars, rock and roll, relationships and hanging-out. the whole lifestyle is an attempt to forestall the day that they must become mature, responsible adults following inevitably in the footsteps of the parents.
School resumes at Rydell High and we meet the 'Burger Palace Boys' and the 'Pink Ladies', the high school tough guys and their girls.
Danny Zuko, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys recounts his romantic triumph over the school break in a manner that is to create an embarrassing situation to him immediately afterwards.
Meanwhile Sandy Dumbrowski is being introduced to the Pink Ladies as a potential member, and tells them her story of a 'romantic young man' she met at the beach. Her reunion with her hero is a disillusioning experience.
The rest of Act 1 revolves around their attempts to win each others attention and moves through a series of rock and roll fantasies, love songs, and teenage problems.
The scene finds the kids buzzing with excitement about, the upcoming High School Prom and Hand Jive Contest.
The big night but Sandy won't be there and she is moved to sing a poignant love ballad.
A simple twist of fate throws a further wedge between Danny and Sandy when Danny wins the dance contest with the lead lady of a rival gang leader - the notorious Cha-Cha Digregorio. The further implications of this is the gang war it starts between the T-birds and the Flaming Dukes.
But where's Danny when he's needed? He's opted out of gang life to become a sporting 'jock' in further attempt to win Sandy's attention.
An unfortunate scene between Sandy and Danny at the local drive-in evokes a plaintive love song from Danny.
Kenickie, Danny's best friend, and Rizzo find that their relationship is about to enter a new phase and word moves quickly that Rizzo's 'in trouble'. It seems that the whole world is in a mess for the T-birds and Pink Ladies.
At the end of scene four Sandy makes a monumental decision and scene five sees the balance restored to the kids world.
Scene I: Reunion
"Rydell Alma Mater" - Chorus
Scene II: Cafeteria and School Steps
"Rydell Alma Mater Parody" - Greasers
"Summer Nights" - Danny, Sandy and Chorus
"Those Magic Changes" - Doody and Chorus
Scene III: Pyjama Party
"Freddy My Love" - Marty and Pink Ladies
Scene IV: Street Corner
"Greased Lightning" - Kenickie and Burger Palace Boys
Scene V: Schoolyard
"Rydell's Fight Song" - Sandy and Patty
Scene VI: Park
"Mooning" - Roger and Jan
"Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee" - Rizzo
"We Go Together" - Company
Scene I: Kid's Homes, School Gym
"Shaking At The High School Hop" - Company
"Hopelessly Devoted To You" - Sandy
"Born to Hand Jive" - Johnny Casino
Scene II: Front of Burger Palace
"Beauty School Drop Out" - Teen Angel
Scene III: Drive-In Movie
"Sandy" - Danny
Scene IV: Jan's Party
"Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen" - Roger and Doody
"There Are Worse Things I Could Do" - Rizzo
"Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee" - Sandy
Scene V: Inside Burger Palace
"All Choked Up" - Danny and Sandy, Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys
"We Go Together" - Company
Cast in order of appearance
Sonny La Teiri
Cha-Cha De Gregorio
Rowena Bolten, Jacinta Breadmore, Sheri Clarke, Atholie Duncombe, Lisa Eglington, Vanessa Fahey, Louise Guest, Jeaniene Hermans, Adele Mainwaring, Katrina Maxwell, Diane Nation, Helen Newland, Samantha Radford, Sally Rees, Lynda Riggs, Karen Smid, Annette Steven, Paul Stretton, Lizette Sturzaker, Elizabeth Sushames, Samantha Townshend, Allison Willie, Helen Woodhouse.
Ronald Cornish (MHA Retired)
Musical Director and Choral Master
Assistant Musical Director
Assistant Choral Master
Set Construction and Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager and Artwork
Copyright 2007 John C Medwin all rights reserved