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Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Director: Ross Gumbley
Co-director/Costumes: Stephen Robertson
Musical Director: Richard Marrett

at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
From 1 Dec 2012 to 26 Jan 2013

Reviewed by:  Lindsay Clark;

GREASE is the Word at The Court Theatre  

The Court Theatre is getting set to party like it's 1959 with The Press Summer Season of GREASE.  

The iconic musical will appear on The Court's stage from December, co-directed by Ross Gumbley and Stephen Robertson with Richard Marrett as Musical Director.  

“GREASE is The Court's first full-scale musical in the shed,” says Gumbley. “In the new Addington theatre we have the capacity for a big cast, energetic dance numbers and – finally – can fit a full-sized hot rod on stage.”

GREASE follows Rydell High School's Class of ‘59 as they navigate the world of drive-ins, hot rods and teen love.  Matthew McFarlane and Lauren Marshall play Danny and Sandy, who fall in love during the summer but find themselves on opposite sides of the bleachers (and cliques) back in high school.

The cast have been sourced from throughout Australasia and GREASE will include performances by well-known entertainers Ali Harper and Nic Kyle as well as Shortland Street hunk Mike Edward as a guardian “Teen Angel”.

“The show is an infectious dose of nostalgia with some of the catchiest tunes in the songbook,” says Gumbley. “This production will positively burst off the stage.”

(On December 10 The Court Theatre will celebrate its first year in its new Addington theatre.) 

Performances:  1 December 2012 – 26 January 2013
Show times:  6:30pm Mon/Thu, 7:30 Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat (2pm matinee Sat 27 October)
Venue:  The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington
Tickets:  Adults $55 | Senior $47 | Groups (20+) $45 | Under 25 $35 | Child $28
Bookings:  03 963 0870 or  

Matthew McFarlane, Lauren Marshall, Martyn Wood, Rutene Spooner, Cameron Douglas, Michael Murphy, Lucy Porter, Jade Steele, Kathleen Burns, Fiona Crossett, Kelly Hocking, Adam Standring, Ali Harper, Mike Edward, Angela Hegarty, Nic Kyle, Tainui Kuru

Stage Manager:  Cally Castell
Lighting Design:  Grant Robertson
Set Design:  Harold Moot
Sound Design:  Ben Rentoul & Glen Ruske
Set Construction:  Nigel Kerr, Richard van den Berg, Maurice Kidd, Richard Daem, Henri Kerr
Wardrobe Co-ordinator:  Sarah Douglas
Properties:  Anneke Bester
Lighting Operator:  Darren McKane
SoundOperator:  Stephen Compton 
Production Manager:  Mandy Perry