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Having a Blast! Grease - the Musical

Grease the Musical. Rugby Theatre's Summer Youth Project. Photo courtesy of Rugby Theatre.

L-R FRONT: Emily Adamson – Rizzo, Megan Gyles – Sandy, Dexter Robinson – Danny, Robin Smallwood – Sonny.

L-R REAR: Adam Ellis – Doody, Joshua Womble – Kenickie, Louis Dutton – Roger, Milana Rostohar – Frenchy.

Grease: The Musical at Rugby Theatre from 9 – 13 August 2023.

Preview by Rosie Fuller.

It’s electrifying! Rugby Theatre is celebrating summer nights with over 80 local youngsters staging the spectacular show Grease: The Musical for the theatre’s Youth Project.

Packed with immortal hits such as We Go Together and You’re The One That I Want, Grease: The Musical tells the iconic story of leather-clad Danny and girl-next-door Sandy, who fall in love over the summer holidays. But when Sandy transfers to Danny’s high school in autumn, the pair find it hard to revive their feelings after the moonlit summer romance. Can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

“This feel-good show is bursting with energy and will have you singing along to every song,” says the project’s founder Phil Kettle. “The dazzling performances from Rugby’s talented youngsters will transport audience members back to their own high school days, whether they grew up in the 50s or not!”

Returning for the first time since the pandemic, Rugby Theatre’s Youth Project is open to budding actors, singers and dancers aged between 10 and 21, who stage a high-quality show after just 10 days of rehearsals, guided by a West End team.

“The Youth Project was set up to give young people access to theatre, and to help them develop skills they can take forward into their adult lives,” says Phil. “About 2,000 youngsters have taken part since the first Youth Project in 1997, and by now the oldest student from Annie, our first ever show, will be 47 years old!”

With Grease: The Musical running from 9-13 August, totally devoted fans can do the double and watch the film at the open-air screening of Grease in Caldecott Park on Tuesday 8 August, before seeing the Pink Ladies, the Burger Palace Boys and the rest of the gang live on stage at Rugby Theatre.

Grease: The Musical has matinee performance at weekends, and BSL interpreted performances on Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August (matinee). Family discounts are available. Call the Rugby Theatre box office on 01788 541234 or see for tickets.


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