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Bringing an old blockbuster to the live stage

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A 1978 blockbuster is being brought back to life by students at a Transcona school.

Students from Transcona Collegiate’s drama department will perform Grease from Nov. 27 to 30 at Radisson School, located at 1105 Winona St. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each evening.

This is the second time the school is staging the classic, the first time being in 1999.

Director and drama teacher Gary Matwichuk said Grease is a classic that even today’s kids can relate to.

"Grease, as far as a show to put on, it’s probably one of the most performed in schools because the kids can relate to the characters and theme," said Matwichuk, who has been teaching at the school since 1995.

"It’s a fun show with a dance component and ’50s jive style."

Matwichuk said the production wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of the students, who spent time during the summer rehearsing their dance moves.

"They were excellent. There were very few instances when a student didn’t show up," he said.
"I’m really impressed with their commitment, it’s really an exceptional cast."

Grade 12 student Kaitlyn Miller has been cast in the role of Sandy, which was made famous by Olivia Newton-John, and said Grease was her favourite movie growing up so she jumped at the opportunity to be part of the cast.

"When I got the part, I was so enthusiastic. I was over the top, I didn’t have any words to explain it," said Miller, who is taking part in her second production at the school.

Fellow Grade 12 student and cast member C.J Sengsuriya, who is playing the role of a T-Bird member, said the musical gave the students a chance to do something different.

"It’s just such a positive musical, and it brings the best out," Sengsuriya said.

"It’s something different because we haven’t done anything like this. We looked at the bigger picture, that’s what kept us wanting to come to every rehearsal (in the summer)."

Matwichuk said while the students have done their part, the community also played a significant role in helping the school prepare.

"The community has been outstanding, whether that’s with costumes or working on the body of the vehicle. One man in Brandon donated the vehicle," he said. "It really has been a community effort coming together."

Miller said cast members can’t wait to show everyone what they can do.

"It took a lot of time and effort, but we want to show everyone what we came up with," she said.

For ticket information, call the school at 204-958-6440.

adrian.alleyne@canstarnews.com


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