Theatre review: Grease at Scarborough YMCA

Grease Auditions at the YMCA.Kids at the ready .Picture Richard Ponter 131807a
Grease Auditions at the YMCA.Kids at the ready .Picture Richard Ponter 131807a

Sing-along, jive-along and clap-along as Grease rock and rolls into town full of life and enthusiasm.

The youngsters tear up the stage as they tell the story of the Rydell School teenagers’ romance set in 1950s small-town America.

From the opening of Summer Nights to the closing number of You’re the One that I want the energy never ceases.

Director Chris Taylor gives all his main characters their moments in the spotlight as well as ensuring the chorus gets its due attention.

Julie Hatton’s dance routines are as vibrant as the oranges and greens of the girls’ outfits. The sets – from burger bar to school rooms capture the 50s feel perfectly.

Stand-out performances include Born to Hand Jive – infectious and delightful – and Grease Lightning which lights up the whole place. The main roles are being shared – and opening n ight Mike Seals-Law played Danny and Leanne-May Walsh was Sandy.

Both were vocally outstanding and their You’re the One That I Want was a perfect balance between sexiness and fun.

Walsh brought a maturity to the role which contrasted neatly with Seals-Law’s awkward bravado.

Mention, too, for Charlotte Rimmins as Rizzo – she was just great and handled the character’s sarcasm and brittlness which masked a soft-centre brilliantly. Her rendition of There are Worse Things I Could Do brought the house down. Hannah Wealker as Frenchie and Samantha Nyariri as Jan were also outstanding as was Matty Hopkins as the Teen Angel and Mark Palmer as Roger.

All the youngsters deserve massive credit for delivering a fantastic, hit-packed, all-singing, all-dancing summer night.

It runs each Monday to Thursday until August 29.