Grease – Stage One Youth
Date – 25th February 2022
Director – Jacqui Ivemy
Musical Director – Adam Blosse
Choreographer – Helen Wallis
Venue – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Type of production – Musical
Wow, what a show to bow out on! Stage One Youth Theatre’s
production of “Grease”, Jacqui Ivemy’s last
for the group after nearly 40 years, was an explosion of energy,
colour, excitement, and sheer exuberance. If you don’t
believe me, ask the packed audience who showed its appreciation
in no uncertain terms throughout the show.
Grease is a great show for a youth group because, apart from
the story and great songs, the principal roles are shared
out evenly amongst the cast and everyone gets a chance to
shine – and the glow from this show must have been visible
from outer space!
Mia Dudley as Sandy really looked the part and gave a nicely
controlled performance but only really emerged, like a butterfly
into the sunlight, in her final number. As a character, Rizzo
has much more depth and Lottie Hall gave a stunning performance
with real pathos and demonstrated the quality of her singing
voice. The other “Pink Ladies”
provided tremendous support, with Violet Farmer nicely kooky
as Jan, eating everything in sight, and Imogen Farmer suitably
stern as Miss Lynch.
Ben Irish as Danny was everything the character should be,
brash and cocky but with a vulnerable side. A confident singer
and mover, exuding confidence, he gave the character great
depth and feeling. The other guys provided great support,
and all worked well together making a believable gang of friends.
Jack Edwards particularly stood out as Roger, with a remarkable
vocal range in “Mooning”, as did Edward Richardson
as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine – excellent characterisation
in both roles. Harvey Davies as Eugene showed great promise
– it’s a shame that the role in the stage show
is smaller than in the film.
Costumes (take a bow Bethany Baker) were spot-on throughout
– what a task costuming such a large cast so well! Lighting
and sound were good too and the stage crew managed the simple
set quickly and efficiently. The orchestra, under the baton
of Adam Blosse, created a great sound – though a little
too great at times for those of us close to the pit!
Jacqui Ivemy, you must have changed so many lives for the
better over the years, judging by the many touching tributes
published in the (excellent) programme. and you must be truly
proud of what your cast and crew achieved tonight. You’ll
be a very hard act to follow!
NODA SE District 10 Representative
Listen to Jacqui Ivemy speaking on Radio
Solent about the 40th Anniversery of Stage One and the Les
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