Shirebrook Academy pupils perform Grease in new theatre

Grease at Shirebrook Academy
Grease at Shirebrook Academy

Students christened their new theatre with a knock out performance of Grease.

The sell out show at Shirebook Academy was put on over three nights, marking the official opening of the theatre.

Over 100 students auditioned for roles in the musical and the successful 32 started rehearsing in September.

Director Natalie Mehrotra-Hughes said the whole show was a roaring success.

She said: “Everyone loved it – the show was a complete sell out.

“The cast and crew worked so hard over the five months to make it perfect and it really was.”

To get the school in the mood - and boost the ticket sales early on - the cast staged a flash mob performance of We Go Together.

Natalie said: “The whole school was buzzing. No one knew it was going to happen except the cast and everyone just descended and started singing.

“That really got the whole school talking and the tickets sold out very quickly after that.”

The ensemble performed to a packed out audience each night. Natalie said: “The atmosphere in school was like nothing we’d ever felt before and everyone loved it. Students were full of confidence and surpassed their own expectations with the whole thing.

“And many said at the end of the last performance that it had changed their lives and they couldn’t wait to be involved in the next one!”

The show was well received by the hundreds who saw the show over the three nights, with many leaving feedback commenting on the professionalism of the production.