Students to light up stage with Grease production

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

STUDENTS from Colaiste Chiarain in Croom are hoping to light up the stage of the Lime Tree Theatre next week when they open their production of Grease.

STUDENTS from Colaiste Chiarain in Croom are hoping to light up the stage of the Lime Tree Theatre next week when they open their production of Grease.

From Thursday, January 31 to Saturday, February 2 over 80 students will present their interpretation of the famous musical.

The hard-working cast and crew have been preparing for this production since late August and have put in tireless hours after school, during the Christmas holidays, mid-terms and the weekends.

“It’s the one show we have never done. The students have been on to me over the last four to five to years to do it. Every year you pick a show in relation to what you have in terms of talent and this suited this particular group,” explained Colm Hanley, English teacher at the secondary school who is both the director and producer of the show.

Students from first year to sixth year are involved in the production which opens at 8pm each night in the theatre at Mary Immaculate College.

The musical, set in 1959 in Rydell High School, follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins.

Seventeen-year-old Dara Shanahan from Patrickswell plays the role made famous by John Travolta - Danny Zuko – the leader of the T-Birds

“It’s fantastic – this is my first year getting involved in the musical so it’s good to finally get a feel for what it’s like,” he said

So has he got the moves?

“I would like to think so but I don’t know,” he joked.

“The musical thought me that I can’t dance,” he added.

James Bridgeman, 17, from Shanagolden plays the part of Kenickie - again of the T-Birds.

“It’s a great laugh in fairness – it is something different compared to the sports. There is a bit of slagging as well but that’s all part of it,” he smiled.

Croom girl Erica Ryan, 17, plays Jan - one of the pink ladies

“Jan is always hyper – it comes natural to me,” she laughed. “I love it – I made loads of new friends,” she added. Tickets can be purchased from Coláiste Chiaráin on 061-397700 or the Lime Tree Theatre box office on 061 774774.