Grease, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
Grease is the word in Eastbourne this week as The Rattonians celebrate their 30th anniversary with a stunning production of Grease. This was the production that was supposed to have been staged in the spring when founder and director Mark Adams was taken seriously ill.
I have seen the Rattonians’ productions for 20 years and they are by far one of the best amateur companies around. Most of the cast are ex Ratton School pupils who have been acting with the company for years and have remained loyal to the society.
This is one of the best and most professional productions I have seen and it was great to hear a live orchestra under the musical direction of Carl Greenwood, a former Seaford Head pupil. Ben Chaffin, now studying at Middlesex University, was born to play Danny and the same can be said for Sussex University student Chloe Shearer, the definitive Sandy. Chloe worked for a time in the professional theatre and has a lovely singing voice.
The principals were all well cast and it was Jan Lynton’s excellent choreography that made this such a professional production.
Melanie Adams, co-producer with her husband Mark, not only played the teacher Miss Lynch but also was responsible for the beautiful costumes with her mother Daphne O’Mahony.
With lovely sets and all the familiar songs this production would grace any professional stage.