Entertainment

Grease draws students together

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July 12, 2017

Better Together Alliance students are looking forward to performing Grease this month. More than 60 students from Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Wanganui Park and Mooroopna secondary colleges are involved in the production.

Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 11 student Nicola Villani as Sandy and Shepparton High School Year 10 student Riley Ciavarella as Danny.

Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion — and it’s now a massive school production.

As part of the Better Together Alliance, Greater Shepparton’s four public secondary schools have come together to show Grease is still the word.

This is the first time Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Wanganui Park and Mooroopna secondary colleges have collaborated on a production and, with more than 60 students involved, it is sure to be a sight to behold.

Set in California during the 1950s, Grease follows the love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson who end up attending the same high school after a passionate summer at the beach.

Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 11 student Nicola Villani, 17, and Shepparton High School Year 10 student Riley Ciavarella, 16, are portraying Sandy and Danny respectively, and cannot wait for opening night.

‘‘Grease is a really well-known production and we’re so blessed to be leads,’’ Miss Villani said.

Mr Ciavarella and Miss Villani love performing and have been involved in many school productions.

For Mr Ciavarella the atmosphere and excitement is what draws him to the stage.

‘‘If the crowd is in it, it just makes it so much better,’’ he said.

‘‘If the crowd’s cheering and singing along with you it just gives you that adrenalin.’’

‘‘And the crowd will be singing along to Greased Lightning — I can almost guarantee it,’’ Miss Villani said.

Better Together Alliance executive officer Sandy Gunn said the students involved in the production had worked well together and developed excellent theatre and dance skills beyond their years.

‘‘It has been fantastic to see the growth and individual gains in student confidence, creativity, leadership, teamwork and enjoyment,’’ she said.

Grease is being directed by Melbourne’s Laura Cooney with support from Julie Natalizio as assistant director and producer.

Grease will be performed this month at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Echuca Rd, Mooroopna, with shows scheduled for Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at Riverlinks, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton or online at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au/

Tickets are $20 for students and
concession card holders, $25 for adults and $75 for a family of two adults and two children.

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