Pictures: Grease is the word at Dagenham’s Jo Richardson School as pupils put on electrifying show

Peformers from Jo Richardson School which is putting on a prodution of Grease.

Peformers from Jo Richardson School which is putting on a prodution of Grease. - Credit: Archant

Grease is the word at a school putting on electrifying performances of the nostalgic high school movie favourite.

Danny and Sandy (James and Ella) sing on stage

Danny and Sandy (James and Ella) sing on stage - Credit: Archant

A cast of more than 50 Jo Richardson Community School pupils from year seven to 13 make up the cast and crew of young performers bringing Rydell High to the stage.

The cast performed hist including Grease Lightning and Summer Nights

The cast performed hist including Grease Lightning and Summer Nights - Credit: Archant

After three months of intensive rehearsals the show went off like greased lightning over three days before strutting its last step to a packed house on Wednesday, December 18.

Ella Leigh Perry Smith, 14, who plays female lead Sandy Olsen, said: “This was my first musical theatre experience and I loved every minute, the cast was like one big family.”

James Haynes, 15, who plays male lead Danny Zuko, said: “Getting the role of Danny was such a shock. My family had never heard me sing before opening night so it was kind of cool.”


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Pupils sang classic hits from the 1950s-era film, originally starring Olvia Newton-John and John Travolta, including Summer Nights, Grease Lightening and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Catherine Cook, head of Drama, said: “The music, dance and drama departments cannot get over the dedication of all of the students who took part in the production from the cast to the technical crew and the back stage crew.

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“Everything came together for a magical performance.”

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