Grease superstar gives Grafton playgroup her blessing
INTERNATIONAL movie and singing star Olivia Newton John has given her blessing to a group of actors with disabilities involved in a stage rendition of the movie that made her a superstar.
The original Sandy from the smash hit 1978 movie Grease has sent the group, who call themselves the Big River Amateur Theatre Sensations (BRATS), a video message of support.
The video has been incorporated into the performance of the show Slightly Greasey, which will premiere at the Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton on June 12.
The show's producer/director Sue Kearney described the show as a play within a play, telling the story of Sandy and Danny 20 years on with a daughter of their own.
Ms Kearney and Ken McKenzie play the elder Sandy and Danny, egged on by their teenage daughter to tell the story of how they met. The rest of the cast perform the memories of the main cast members telling the story of how they met.
The hit music from the original soundtrack has been incorporated into the play. The performance has grown from a CRANES performance group. Case worker Karen Ninness said the plan was to develop cultural events for young people with disabilities.
"There is nothing like it in the Valley," she said.
For Keenan Stillman, from Junction Hill, who plays the young Danny Zucco, the play is blast.
"I get to be the baddest boy in town," he said. "I'm just having the best time of my life."
Ms Kearney said many people had pitched in to make the play a success, including milliner Peter Jago, who did the costume designs, Rhonda Dunkel, who worked on the script and Rhonda Lloyd from the rock and roll dance group The Big River Rockers who choreographed the show.
The original two nights of the show have been booked out prompting the organisers to schedule a third performance on June 19.