On Saturday 17th October I was excited to return to the hallowed auditorium of the Arts Theatre to witness my first live performance since that nasty Virus arrived on our shores – a production of Grease by Adelaide Youth Theatre. Excited because it feels like forever since I have been able to be entertained by a live production and the performers did not disappoint.
The Saturday evening production was the Jive Cast’s offering which was slick, fast paced and true to the movie. Michelle Davy – Director, Thomas Brodie Phillips – Choreographer and Serena Martino-Williams – Musical Director were able to wrangle the exuberance and enthusiasm of their young cast to provide a polished and enjoyable production.
Stand-out items for me would have to be Beauty School Drop Out and Rock ‘n Roll Party Queen. These numbers were fabulous, not to take anything away from the rest of the production. The stage presence of all the cast was spectacular and the choreography was quite stunning.
Special mention must go to Amber Forbes and her stage crew for the absolutely seamless transition from one scene to the next and the intelligent use of the cast to move a lot of the sets themselves to speed the blackouts.
Congratulations also to AYT for their continued support of Youth Theatre in their implementation of Scholarships and Awards. Worthy recipients this year for the Scholarship were Imogen Brown and Callum Logan and the Encouragement Award went to Flynn Challans. Well done everyone and I look forward to your next offering.