Slick performance a cracker

CASSANDRA POKONEY
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2013

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REVIEW: I got chills, they're multiplying.

Not exactly the right context I know, but apt nonetheless.

The Invercargill Musical Theatre production of Grease last night did give me chills.

Grease is my all-time favourite musical. Ever since I was a little girl I have been singing and dancing along to Summer Nights, Greased Lightning and the rest of the well-known soundtrack.

So I was excited but also a little nervous to see what the local musical theatre aficionados would offer up from Sandy, Danny and the gang.

But I needn't have been nervous. And I should have known that.

Last year's stellar performance of The Sound of Music should have proved the skill and talent of the group's actors and singers.

I initially had some concerns over the casting - these people are portraying high school students after all, and some of them have not been in high school for, ahem, a few years. But again, I needn't have worried.

Amber Reed-Parkinson as Sandy was a knockout, and Steve Broad as Danny was filled with all the 1950s devil-without-a-care cool anyone could ask for.

Libby Fraser as rebellious Rizzo was another favourite, her angst-filled rendition of There Are Worse Things I Could Do, pure emotion.

The set is by far one of the stars - vibrant and authentic, it adds to the efforts of the performers and transports the audience to an era of bobby socks and ponytails, leather jackets and, of course, T-Birds and Pink Ladies.

It is a show not to be missed.

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