Grease

Date 12th November 2015
Society Cupar Youth Musical Theatre
Venue The Corn Exchange, Cupar
Type of Production Musical (Youth Production)
Director Ruth Anderson
Musical Director Emily Middleton
Choreographer Ruth Anderson

Report

Author: Mike Pendlowski

A very popular show with Youth Groups both in this District and further afield. One of the key factors inherent in the show is the availability of ensemble singing, and, here, advantage was taken of this by the always enthusiastic chorus of CYMT under the control of their Musical Director Emily Middleton. Two particular cases in point were “Greased Lightning” and “We Go Together”.  Both numbers displayed just how well both choruses bonded, producing a fine sound.

With almost every member having a named part in the show, I cannot mention each one by name, however,  some characters gave that extra little bit of stagecraft, making their part memorable – at least for me!

Danny Zuko (Kieron Kelleher) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Lucy Middleton) gave first class renditions, Kieron looking every bit the male lead and Lucy’s fine singing voice and good stage presence made for an excellent pairing. The infrequently seen, but, nevertheless hugely amusing role of Eugene Florczyk was brought to life by Ross Stewart – giving one of the best interpretations of this role that I have seen.  A first class over-the-top characterisation of Miss Lynch was performed by Logan Booth, whose facial expressions added to the already humorous scripting.

Other principals played to their strengths throughout, and, here, I would make mention of Kenickie (Daniel Beaton), Frenchy (Morgan Middleton) and Rizzo (Katie Peoples).

For a small performing space like the Corn Exchange, careful use has to be made of the set, and, in this production, the twelve scenes appeared to transform effortlessly causing the minimum of down time between scenes. Costumes were in period and well sourced/made by the wardrobe team.

Finally, the whole show was brought together by Director Ruth Henderson who, sadly, stands down after this production.

Well done Cupar Youth!