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GREASE is the Word at The Court Theatre



GREASE is the Word at The Court Theatre

The Court Theatre is getting set to party like it’s 1959 with The Press Summer Season of GREASE.

The iconic musical will appear on The Court’s stage from December, co-directed by Ross Gumbley and Stephen Robertson with Richard Marrett as Musical Director.

“GREASE is The Court’s first full-scale musical in the shed,” says Gumbley. “In the new Addington theatre we have the capacity for a big cast, energetic dance numbers and – finally – can fit a full-sized hot rod on stage.”

GREASE follows Rydell High School’s Class of ‘59 as they navigate the world of drive-ins, hot rods and teen love. Matthew McFarlane and Lauren Marshall play Danny and Sandy, who fall in love during the summer but find themselves on opposite sides of the bleachers (and cliques) back in high school.

The cast have been sourced from throughout Australasia and GREASE will include performances by well-known entertainers Ali Harper and Nic Kyle as well as Shortland Street hunk Mike Edward as a guardian “Teen Angel”.

“The show is an infectious dose of nostalgia with some of the catchiest tunes in the songbook,” says Gumbley. “This production will positively burst off the stage.”


Additional Information

• On December 10 The Court Theatre will celebrate its first year in its new Addington theatre.


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey.

Director: Ross Gumbley

Co-director/Costumes: Stephen Robertson

Musical Director: Richard Marrett

Performances: 1 December 2012 – 26 January 2013
Show times: 6:30pm Mon/Thu, 7:30 Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat (2pm matinee Sat 27 October)
Venue: The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington
Tickets: Adults $55 | Senior $47 | Groups (20+) $45 | Under 25 $35 | Child $28
Bookings: 03 963 0870 or

CAST: Matthew McFarlane, Lauren Marshall, Martyn Wood, Rutene Spooner, Cameron Douglas, Michael Murphy, Lucy Porter, Jade Steele, Kathleen Burns, Fiona Crossett, Kelly Hocking, Adam Standring, Ali Harper, Mike Edward, Angela Hegarty, Nic Kyle, Tainui Kuru


Stage Manager Cally Castell

Lighting Design Grant Robertson

Set Design Harold Moot

Sound Design Ben Rentoul & Glen Ruske

Set Construction Nigel Kerr,Richard van den Berg, Maurice Kidd, Richard Daem, Henri Kerr

Wardrobe Co-ordinator Sarah Douglas

Properties Anneke Bester

Lighting Operator Darren McKane

Sound Operator Stephen Compton

Production Manager Mandy Perry


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