Summer nights to turn electrifying as youngsters’ production of Grease takes to the stage - The Rugby Observer

Summer nights to turn electrifying as youngsters’ production of Grease takes to the stage

Rugby Editorial 1st Aug, 2023   0

SUMMER nights at Rugby Theatre are set to be electrifying as over 80 Rugby youngsters stage Grease: The Musical for the venue’s annual Youth Project.

Packed with hits such as Summer Lovin’ and You’re The One That I Want, the show tells the iconic 50s-set story of leather-clad Danny and girl-next-door Sandy, who fall in love over the summer holidays. When Sandy transfers to Danny’s high school, the pair find it hard to revive their feelings. Can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

The project’s founder Phil Kettle said: “This feel-good show is bursting with energy and will have you singing along to every song.

“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 10 to 21, who stage a high-quality show after just 10 days of rehearsals, guided by a West End team.

Phil added: “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.

“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!”

Grease: The Musical runs from August 9-13. ‘Hopelessly devoted’ fans can watch the film adaptation at an open-air screening in Caldecott Park on Tuesday August 8, 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 performances at weekends, and BSL interpreted performances on Friday August 11 and Saturday August 12 (matinee).

Visit or call 01788 541234 for tickets.

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