Blue Mountains Musical Society (BMMS) has presented many musicals over the years but one theme has always remained constant – love!
The world of theatre has provided us with some of the greatest romances of all time. Romeo and Juliet, Aladdin and Jasmine, Cinderella and Prince Charming and of course Belle and the Beast! BMMS’s upcoming production of ‘Grease’ presents another romantically iconic courting couple – Danny and Sandy.
Adam Lucas and Erin McSweeney play the classic roles of Danny and Sandy in the BMMS production of ‘Grease’.
Erin commented that the task of recreating the roles of Rydell High’s young rocking lovers made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is daunting.
“‘Grease’ is such a well known show that I feel a balance has to be found between satisfying the audience’s expectations and creating our own interpretation of the musical,” she said.
The head ‘greaser’, Danny Zuko, is played with amazing energy by Adam Lucas, who grew up in Springwood and now lives in Faulconbridge.
Adam has appeared in ‘Packed to the Rafters’ and ‘Rescue Special Ops’ and will be familiar to BMMS audiences as Grantaire in the Society’s recent production of ‘Les Miserables’.
Adam performs because he loves to and is constantly looking for opportunities to refine his skills.
“I think it is important to keep learning as a performer. I train through NIDA short courses and have been developing my voice during singing lessons,” Adam said.
“The character of Danny intrigues me because he has more levels than you might think. He maintains a ‘cool guy’ façade but also needs to be with Sandy. It is the conflicting aspects of his life which make him interesting.”
Nineteen-year-old Cranebrook resident Erin is already a seasoned performer.
She has appeared in productions of ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Cats’.
Erin worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company and in a short film with the notable Australian actor Shane Porteous.
“For me performing is a thrill. I just love playing to people and entertaining them,” Erin said.
“Sandy is psychologically interesting as she experiences the universal story for young people in today’s society – the tug of war we all go through. Sandy wants to be accepted so badly but also feels the urge to be true to herself. I hope audiences will love this show as much as we enjoy presenting it.”
‘Grease’ will be staged at the Springwood Civic Centre from May 13 to June 3. Come along and bring your childhood sweetheart! Tickets start at $27 for adults and $22 for students.
To book or for more information call 4739 0555 or visit www.bmms.org.au.