This year’s Newquay Tretherras whole school production headed back into the 1950s to the beloved musical ‘Grease’.
The four-night production, with a cast of over 90 students saw The T-Birds and Pink Ladies take over the Junior Hall, transforming it into Rydell High School.
Performing to a full house every night, the stellar cast led by Ben Peters as the ultra-cool Dany Zuko, and Beth Greenhalgh as the pure and naïve Sandy, performed with high-energy and style, leaving the audience hopelessly devoted to them.
Leon Norfolk as Kenickie burned up the quarter mile in great style and Daisy Dewey, who played Rizzo, delivered fantastic solo performances in true Rizzo fashion!
Chloe Wall whipped the cast into shape as a stern Miss Lynch while Patty, Kezi Taylor and Eugene, Mikey Kessell were endearing as they juggled their way through the teenage trauma of pleasing all the cool kids.
Fabulously pink, were the Pink Ladies, Roni Trotter as Jan, Symi Tayler as Marty and Lottie Bartlett as Frenchy who sang beautifully, each adding their own charm to the group.
Played by Joe Millington as Doody, Noah Morcom as Roger, Dylan Hockings as Sonny La Tierri, Sonny Forbes as Ricky and Jamie O’Donoghue as Chuck, the boys were absolutely hy-y-dromatic, as the ‘T-Birds’. Fantastically funny as they bounced off one another from scene to scene and were totally engaging in their performances.
Joe Wheeler aka Vince Fontaine was silky, smooth and suave as he clung to his microphone, whilst Stephen Wood as Johnny Casino kept the beats popping for the Hand Jive competition. Also shining, Cha-Cha, played by Jemima Grigg, spun her expert moves on the dance floor.
The audience were also treated to a surprise performance from members of staff who also took part in the show. Notably, Mr Jones added his own twist and sparkle as he transformed into the Teen Angel, delivering an Olivier-worthy rendition of Beauty School Dropout.
The cast were accompanied by an incredible live 8-piece band made up of music department staff and students, that included Music Director Ms Millington on Keyboard, Zeb Murphy on Drums, Dylan Gordon on Auxiliary Percussion, Oli Harriss and Mr Ball on Guitars, Ella Thomas on Bass, Elly Barlow on Saxophone and Sam Millington on Trumpet. The fantastic backstage team, under the guidance of Technical Manager Jack Blum and Stage Manager Evie Huges guaranteed that the show ran like a well-oiled machine, ensuring props were ready to go and scene changes were slick and sharp.
Director of the production, Mrs Langdon commended, ‘So many to thank – we are extremely lucky to have such wonderful support from everyone at Newquay Tretherras. It enables us to put on such an amazing show which students from across the whole school can be involved with. An event like this takes a great deal of planning, preparation and hard work. Students and staff gave up many hours after school, as well as time on weekends and days during the holiday in order to prepare themselves. We are all extremely grateful to everyone’s help’.
Mrs Langdon added, ‘The students have been phenomenal! It has been incredibly demanding and they have put in the hard work to achieve something special. It has been an incredible experience for all, new friendships have been forged and memories that will last a lifetime have been made. All in all, four fabulous nights in that we will remember forever, a true highlight of 2018’.