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Grease musical magic takes over school

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Grease was the word for South Tyneside students given the chance to swap sums and science for song and dance on stage.

Youngsters at Boldon School teamed up with teachers to put on an end-of-term production of the 1971 Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs musical Grease.

Almost 20 students and a few staff members trod the boards in front of sellout crowds at the Boldon Colliery school’s theatre to offer their take on the much-loved American musical, turned into a blockbuster film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in 1978.

The teenage thespians had been hard at work preparing for the show since January, but it was all worth it as their efforts earned them rave reviews from packed audiences.

As well as those students taking centre stage, another nine gave up their time to work as crew members behind the scenes.

Michelle Hawronskyj, head of art, music and technology at the New Road school, said: “This has given our students an excellent opportunity to use industrial-standard equipment, and our chair of governors, Colin Berry has trained some of our students, so next year, they will be ready to pass their knowledge onto others.”

Audiences were treated to a blast from the past as all of the ever-popular songs from Grease were performed by pupils, including Summer Nights, You’re the One that I Want and Hopelessly Devoted to You.

Grease, set in late-1950s America, was a huge success on stage and on the big screen in the 1970s, and it proved just as popular in Boldon all these years later.

Cameron Leckie, a music teacher at the school, was delighted with the efforts of cast and crew to give the school a perfect summer send-off, saying: “All of the student actors and back stage crew have grown in confidence as the production has progressed.

“I’m am so proud of all the hard work they have put in.

“They have all had a fantastic experience, and we have all loved every minute of it’.