Review: The Swan's youth theatre does Grease

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Review of Grease: The Swan's youth theatre show cracks it again

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I'M SURE the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre productions get better every time I see them, and this summer's Grease was no different.

More than 200 youngsters came together to perform the well known classic at the weekend and they blew me away with their talent.

The singing was fantastic, the acting superb and the set and costumes well designed.

There is no doubt about it- these shows stand alongside professional productions.

The theatre was packed on Friday night and the atmosphere was brilliant as the lights dimmed and the stage came alive with hundreds of children at Rydell High School.

Most people know the story, thanks to the ever popular 1978 film, based on the musical and the upbeat songs such as Greased Lightning, Grease Is The Word and You're The One That I Want.

But each of the actors on stage gave their own slant to the characters and it was great to see the show with actors at the age they are meant to be in the story, rather than a 20-something John Travolta.

I think the most impressive moments in the show were when the principal cast belted out the well known and loved songs.

They appeared to do it with ease as their voices were so strong and I was amazed as what outstanding singers they were.

Lewis Cochrane had just the right amount of swagger as Danny and Bethany Perry was a sweet yet determined Sandy.

They did brilliant renditions of Summers Nights and You're The One That I Want.

Ben Cisneros as Roger and Claire Deards as Jan were a first-rate double act- providing a lot of the laughs and were really entertaining to watch.

Tom Mole was superb as Doody and equally as brilliant was Freddie Redman as Teen Angel- they both had excellent voices.

There was no weak link in this show and the rest of the principal cast were also just as good with Tom Noyes playing Kenickie, Olivia Kinghorn as Rizzo, Ethan Piercey as Sonny, Charlie Young as Frenchy and Katherine Cunningham as Marty.

Nicole Baisden was spot-on as an over enthusiastic Patty and Thomas Kershaw-Green was a funny Eugene Florczyk.

Molly Watson stood out as the strict Miss Lynch- as did Christopher Bennett as the smarmy Vince Fontaine, Taylor Lynch as the vivacious Cha-Cha and Andrew Sharpe as Jonny Casino.

The Beatniks added a great dimension to the play as they were so deadpan and very funny.

The costumes were also fabulous with great attention to detail to catch the style of the era. I also really liked the set, which was simple, yet effective.

If you have not been to a Swan youth production, I thoroughly recommend you go to the next one, which will be Footloose in February next year.

They are up there with the best productions I have seen and they never disappoint. You will be truly impressed by the amount of young talent we have right on our doorstep.

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