t’s been a while since Temple Carrig have been able to put on one of their all-singing, all-dancing, all-messing musicals.
So, it was much delight agus mischief that their production of Grease took to the school’s well-worn stage last night.
The first of three sell-out performances, director Eoghan Cleary was particularly taken with the transformation of the, eh, Transition Year students over the course of the production.
“They came into this process more scared than any group I’ve worked with in the school,” he told the Guide, “and they have grown into one of the most trusting, loving and mutually supportive casts we’ve ever had the privilege to serve.
“We are so proud of them…”
Despite the presence of notorious troublemaker Grace Leonard as Rizzo, the cast of Grease 22proved themselves well up to the task of reigniting the 1950s spark of the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John-led 1978 box-office blockbuster. Taking on the roles of Sandy Devereux and Danny Zuko were Aoife Howard and Lukas Zdunek, whilst the rest of the pink ladies and friends consisted of Robyn Maguire, Hannah Boden, Lucy Jones, Charlotte Norton, Edie Gallagher, Megan O’Connor and Emilie Watchorn, whilst the Thunderbirds and friends were played by Kai Jackson, James Fennell, Nathan Griffiths, Daniel Stewart, Emmot O’Broin, Aidan Cullen Weiss and Saul Sweeney along with The Jocks Adam Redmond, Dan Quirk, Daniel Mooney, Jack Ward, Jacob Rowlette, Ryan McCormick Dowling, Ciaran Purcell and Conor Ryan.
And just to make sure we leave no stoner unturned, also taking part were Ruth Ferns Kelly as Patty Simcox, Matt Fallon as Eugene, Cathal Kirby as Lenny The Jock, Chloe Caffrey as Ms Lynch, Andrew Kieran as Coach O’Brien, Russell Harris as Danny Zuko Snr and Maja Grzywacz as Nurse. The Hocks, meanwhile, were played by Alexandra McGowan, Camille Madden, Charlotte Slevin, Ciara Forde, Emily Tierney, Erica Sammon, Kate Goodwin, Lia Darling, Alex Mulcahy, Ali Deegan, Alice Low, Brooke Finnegan, Freya Quinn, Grace O Mahony, Isla Roberts, Katie Andrews, Keela Leddy, Mae Beckett, Nola McDonnell, Rachel O Toole, Rosa Connolly, Tara Wortley, Saoirse Caffrey, Molly Lamson, Emily Woodward and Juliette Madden.
Which is pretty much everyone in Greystones, right?
Not quite. The band on the night is made up of Fergal Canterbury on guitar, Niall Dungan on bass, Alicia Newton on synth, Pat Cleary and Michelle Le May on reeds and Dominic Mullan on drums, whilst Katie Evans handled make-up, Gavin Coll was the lighting consultant, Lisa Bottaro, Catherine Hickey and Caitlin Jones did the choreography, stage was handled by Russell Harris, producer was Peter Wallace and musical direction was by Alison Halpin.
Not sure what was left for young Eoghan at that point, but we’re pretty sure he must have contributed on some level.
Congrats to everyone involved in this joyous production. Except for Grace Leonard, of course.
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