Grease comes to the Pavilion Theatre!
It's almost impossible to hear a song from Grease and not be transported back to the age you were when you first experienced the classic coming-of-age musical.
Phoenix Ensemble is giving fans the chance to live it all over again in a fresh new production opening at the boutique Pavilion Theatre in Beenleigh on 6 November 2015 and running over five weekends.
Director Frog Johnson says it's impossible to resist the show, with its hit songs and universal themes of teenage love and angst that transcend generational gaps and geography.
"I was born in 1975 and grew up in Mt Isa. While I was a little boy, my mum would put musicals on the VCR and the only 'modern' one she'd play was Grease. I knew all the songs by heart. I’ve loved it since then, and have enjoyed seeing all the different variances of the show over the years.”
Frog says that, as with all musicals that have stage and film versions, there are differences between the formats, but what audiences love about Grease the movie very much remains an integral part of the stage production.
He says one of the biggest challenges has been staging the show on the boutique Pavilion Theatre stage.
"We didn't want to use up too much space with changing sets, so I’ve gone with a conceptualised design: the set looks like we're inside a giant jukebox.Greased lightning has probably been the trickiest to stage. How do you create an iconic car scene on a stage that isn't big enough for a car?"
Audiences will have to wait to see Frog’s innovative solution to this creative challenge.
For the director, his favourite song in the show is 'Summer Lovin'. "Danny and Sandy reminiscing, all the T-birds and Pink Ladies singing along, the bleachers...everybody knows that song.
Frog promises a night musical fans will remember.
"This is going to be an amazing show full of the songs fans love, sung by the characters they know and have fallen in love with.”
I know people will love this show because we've all loved putting it together".
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh
7.30pm: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 November and 4, 5 December.
Tickets: $26 adult, $24 concession and children