Grease is the Word

Grease was the word at my school towards the end of August as it was my school’s production week for 2017. I really don’t think there is anything better than the week leading up to, and the week of a show you’re performing in. Everything about bringing this year’s show together was different for me, it definitely had its ups and downs but in the end, it all came together.

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Photo: JG Photography

Last year was my first year at high school and obviously my first time performing in their show. It was more a play than a musical but it made me realise how making a show can connect you to new people and help you meet new friends. It is such an adventure from the audition process to the final curtain call. I realised last year that the last curtain call for a school production is the saddest one you can have. My reason behind this is simple, a large majority of the cast are Year 12 students which means it’s their last year at school, they don’t get to perform the following year.

Grease – Ararat College

GREASE – 2017 The whole cast, crew and band would like to send out a massive thank you to everyone who came to our production of Grease. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to life….

Once we had found out that this year’s production would be Grease the whole school was full of excitement. The most of this excitement came from the regulars (I wouldn’t quite call myself a regular as I have only done one show at high school beforehand) and specifically two of my closest friends who are in Year 12 this year.  These two had done every single show from Year 7 and were definitely the most experienced out of everyone.

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Photo: JG Photography

With auditions complete, the long wait began… who would get what role? This process is probably full of the most drama, even more than the actual show. The rehearsals then began and it was full speed ahead. School productions are full of changes, stress and lack of time! Cast members usually drop like flies and problems both big and small arise. Putting on a school musical is not as easy as it appears, as we definitely found out this year.

I would say one of the most memorable things about doing a show, apart from all the memes created, is the people who you’re surrounded by during the process. I don’t believe that performing in a show with people you dislike and don’t get along is worth it, it won’t work! You can’t not talk to that one person who got the role you wanted, everyone’s in it together. Luckily I got along with everyone in the show which made it the way it was in my eyes. Reflecting back on the show a week or two after its finished, I think about what I regret most about the process, to be honest there is only one thing. I wish I had been a little bit more in the moment and enjoyed everything as it happened.

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I teared up on a number of occasions after the show as I reflected because as I have written earlier, two of my closest friends and many others will never do another show at my school, more importantly, I don’t get to do another show with them. This is just the way life is and I just have to move on to the next thing, or show! Rachel, Jen, Gemma, Pat & Josh I’ll miss you all!

If you want to have a look at some snippets from behind the scenes of Grease, check out my vlog two paragraphs down from the top. It was posted on our show’s Facebook page to give everyone a sense of what show week looks like from our perspective.

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