11 July, 2023

Tullawong students to perform iconic 1970s musical

A group of Tullawong State High School students is ready to take the stage by storm, as the scholars undertake a high school adaptation of Grease based on the 1971 musical and 1978 film of the same name.

The musical will be the first major performance of this calibre from the Caboolture-based secondary school for about 20 years.

About 60 students from years 7 to 12 including actors, actresses, side stage and backstage crews, and backstage designers will be involved, under the guidance of director Natasha King and producer Zoe Wells from the school’s arts department.

The school rock band will also perform, as will the dance extension group.

Rehearsals have taken place on weekends, before and after school hours and during school holidays, with Ms King saying the students really launched themselves wholeheartedly into the project.

Ms Wells and Ms King said the script for the school’s project wasn’t quite the same as the 1971 musical or 1978 film, as the script needed to be “modernised” and suited to today’s times as well as school students.

Ms Wells said the Tullawong school’s undertaking was still “vibrant, authentic, and true to 1950s style” while colours included teal blue, pink, and a red brick school.

Ms King said, “We’ve tried to keep some of those iconic looks.”

Many songs from the 1971 musical and 1978 film will feature, including Freddy My Love, Greased Lightnin’, Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted To You, and of course the unforgettable You’re The One That I Want.

The performances will take place at the Tullawong State High School’s performing arts building from 7pm on July 20, 21 and 22, as well as 2pm on July 21.


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