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Happy 40th Birthday Grease!  

The Theatre Royal Norwich Youth Company brings a brand-new version of the show to the stage this month.

girls and boys 1950's rock and roll

Photography by Max Hilton

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Grease, the Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company is poised to bring a brand-new version of the show to the stage this month.  A massive fan, I’m slightly nervous about the words ‘brand new version’ and will be intrigued to see how this young group of actors put their stamp on this iconic musical.

It was the first movie I went to see and my mum loves to tell the story of me dancing up and down the aisles at the local cinema. The classic love story of ‘cool dude falling in love with prim and proper girl’ is a Hollywood staple and has been replicated hundreds of times, however, Grease ‘is the one that I want.’

Is it just me or did going to high school in 1950’s America look so much more fun? Especially if you were a Pink Lady at Rydell High, got to wave your scarf to start drag car races, go to drive-in movies in a Chrysler and be Home Coming Queen at your school prom!

Many of the cast are far too young to remember the original but I’ve been promised the show will feature all the classics The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightninand Beauty School Drop Out.

pink ladies grease pink hair 50's dress

Photography by Max Hilton

Lily Hazell, who plays Frenchy, said: “Stepping into Frenchy’s shoes was a big step as she is quite high up in beauty and fashion and I am more of a trackies and bed-head kind of girl.

“We were able to put our own twist on Grease though. We could put our own unique individuality to the characters which was great as we could make them our own. We are not copying anyone else.”

Here at Muddy we love to support the Youth Theatre and I’m hoping the performance will bring a modern twist without loosing too much of the style and glamour which is synonymous with the 1950’s rock n roll era.

The show runs from Wed 25 – Sat 28 July and rest assured (if allowed) I’ll be channelling my three year old self and dancing in the aisles again once more!

Book tickets £10 – 14 or call the box office on 01603 630000.

 

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