The TYs of OLB and Marist College proved they were “Born to Hand Jive” in this year’s joint production of Grease, which took to the stage of the Dean Crowe Theatre for three sell-out performances on February 5th, 6th and 7th.

The musical told the story of the unexpected reunion of girl-next-door Sandy (Holly Hand) and her summer love; leather-clad greaser Danny (Joe Sweeney), at Rydell High. The teenage trials and tribulations unfolded before the audience, as they were transported back to the 1950s through the use of fantastic costumes and high octane dance routines.

The brilliant score of well-known songs such as “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightnin”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want” had the audience hooked from start to finish.

The vocal performances and characterisations from the entire cast were stellar. The Pink Ladies – Jan (Aisling Manser), Rizzo (Elle Lennon), Marty (Abbie Torpey) and Frenchy (Gracie Loftus) let their characters’ individual personalities and storylines shine. The T-Birds’ antics played out by Doody (Ciáran Cronin), Roger (Ruairi Henshaw), Kenickie (Dylan Corcoran) and Sonny (Cian Loftus) provided pure comedic gold. They had certainly done their homework on how best to embody the roles of slick side-kicks. Teen Angel (Krill Egan) had the girls swooning with his wonderful rendition of “Beauty School Dropout”.

The chorus line was on point. The choreography was fast-paced and fantastically intricate. It saw every inch of stage space being used to great effect – no easy feat with over 100 students taking to the stage at once for the big numbers.

The many costume changes, under tight time constraints, appeared seamless and showed great professionalism from the cast and crew alike. The stripped back set design was really impactful with lighting being used brilliantly to set the mood.

This was the third successful collaborative production from OLB and Marist College and with such a successful run we can’t wait to see what next year has in store. Congratulations and a massive “thank you” must go to Director Aishling Fennell and her assistants; Brandon Ryan and Ciara Egan.  Each year we are in awe of the work she does with our students. The school would also like to thank the Dean Crowe Theatre for enabling our students to perform in such a great venue. The success of these productions is also thanks to the hard work and continued dedication of Transition Year Co-ordinators Mrs Ethna Benson and Mr Mick Loftus.

They certainly were an ‘electrifyin’ three evenings and all the students involved should be very proud of their work. There was no rest in sight for the Bower TYs, who completed their second week of work experience after their run on the stage. After mid-term 9 teams will be putting the finishing touches to their Junk Kouture designs, before they take to the stage again for this year’s Western Regional Finals in Castlebar. No doubt they will be putting their newly acquired performance skills to good use, thanks to Aishling and her team.