Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Sarah Bradbury and Philippe Marks (centre) head the cast of Solihull
School's new production of Grease the Musical

The swinging '50s have returned to Solihull School as a staggering 250 students applied for the 17 named roles in its latest production of Grease the Musical.

Three weeks of competitive auditions led to Philippe Marks being cast as Danny, the leader of the T-Birds, and Sarah Bradbury a Sandy, Danny's love interest, in the high school musical which is being staged in the School's Bushell Hall from March 22-26.

Fifteen A-level Theatre Studies students are appearing in the show, which has a 70-strong cast and chorus drawn entirely from the Sixth Form. Live music will be provided by the School Band supplemented by two ex-pupils currently at university.

Former pupil Sam Mason has also been helping the main cast to choreograph and rehearse the unforgettable songs such as You're The One That I Want and Summer Nights under the overall direction of Lisa Fair, Head of the Sixth Form.

Lisa Fair said: “To help meet the staggering level of interest, we decided to develop large enough chorus roles to enable as many as possible to get involved. With everyone working terrifically hard in rehearsals, the show promises to be electrifying.”

A small number of tickets, priced at £5, are still available for performances of Grease at Solihull School's Bushell Hall in Warwick Road, Solihull by calling 0121 705 0958.

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