Entertainment

It’s the one that they want

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November 29, 2016

Students are eager to score roles in the combined school production of Grease.

Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion and is the main school production for Greater Shepparton’s four government secondary schools.

Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Mooroopna and Wanganui Park secondary colleges are joining forces for the first time to perform Grease on stage in July next year.

The four schools are part of the Greater Shepparton Better Together Alliance that was formed in 2014 with the goal of increasing student opportunity.

Shepparton High School teacher Julie Natalizio said it was a great opportunity for students from different schools to meet each other and work together.

‘‘About four years ago I suggested that we do a production all together,’’ she said.

‘‘There were a few schools that were struggling to get numbers to do their own school productions, so it was something I’ve always wanted to do.’’

Independent director Laura Cooney has come on board to steer the creative process of the show and said Grease was selected because it had big production values and dance numbers.

More than 250 students from across the four schools met at Shepparton High School on Thursday to talk about the production and express interest.

Ms Cooney said production auditions would start in February next year and they would be running rehearsals together as a large group and then as smaller groups at the four schools.

‘‘It’s about building team spirit too in the schools and showing what the alliance is all about,’’ Ms Natalizio said.

Ms Natalizio said they were thankful to several businesses who donated food and drinks to the initial production meeting.

To keep in the loop with the Grease production go to its dedicated website www.stageshownodrama.com/grease/

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