Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion
Hello to the JAGS cast of 2001! Just before the 2016 version opens at Dulwich College, directed by Joanna Billington, Kathryn Norton-Smith and Peter Jolly with Andrew Storey as Musical Director, we thought you – and your year groups - would like to be reminded of your sizzling version of the high school musical fifteen years ago.
Who needs Olivia Newton-John or John Travolta?
Thanks to Alice Nutt for some backstage reportage and to Nobby Clark, theatre photographer, of course. Recognise these super-stars?
How was the production from your point of view?
In the jags mag of 2001/2002 Kathryn Norton-Smith said, “It was a great anti-climax when the show was over and I look forward to joint productions in future years, because that really was the best thing.”
Well, as some of you know, we have relished collaborating with Dulwich College in some astonishingly good productions ever since, sometimes in the Prissian Theatre, sometimes at DC. Sweeney Todd, The Trial, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to name but three. It’s become as natural as baking or going bananas over House Song here.
Kathryn explained the challenge in 2001: “How were we to create a really good ensemble and ensure a strong, mixed cast of girls (no problem) and boys (more of a problem)? Rather than just borrow a few chaps from neighbouring schools, which we have done in the past, we felt it should be a properly joint production with Dulwich College – thus guaranteeing a really top-notch company.”
It was achieved. Sharing expertise in the creative team, putting together some of the big numbers with fantastic choreography, watching confidence grow leading to some sophisticated and individual performances against a very imaginative and versatile set…we could equally be talking about the show next week.
Currently we have a brilliant production here in the Prissian Theatre of Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, a co-production by two directors, one from JAGS and one from DC. Next week it’s a co-production of Grease, and the audition sheets have just gone up for a Year 10 co-production here in the spring. From tiny acorns…