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

Hopelessly Devoted to You, You're The One That I Want, Sandy and Grease used by arrangement with Robert Stigwood

Grease is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. www.theatricalrights.com

It's 1959 in America, and Rydell High School's students are starting a new year...

Dust off your leather jackets, and take a trip to a simpler time as 'bad boy' Danny and 'the girl next door' Sandy fall in love all over again.

It's the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You're The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin' and many more.

Hand-jive the night away with the show that'll make you want to stand up and shout 'A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!'

Presented by the award-winning Carlton Operatic Society.

1st - 5th June 2016, Nottingham Theatre Royal


  • Wednesday 1st June 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd June 7.30pm
  • Friday 3rd June 7.30pm
  • Saturday 4th June 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Sunday 5th June 2.30pm
  • Stalls: £23, £20, £15
  • Dress Circle: £23, £20
  • Upper Circle: £20
  • Balcony: £12, £10

Concessions & Special Offers

  • Royal Friends: Save £3 on Wednesday 7.30pm performance only, excluding Balcony seats *
  • Under 25s, Over 60s, Registered Unwaged, Students: Save £3 on all performances, excluding Balcony seats
  • Groups 10+: Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th ticket free
  • Registered Disabled: Accompanying adult free*

Please note that there are no concessions in the Balcony or the Bench seats in the Dress Circle. * Only available via the Theatre Royal Box Office.


Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey is set in 1959 and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love. It was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago before transferring to Broadway and at the time that it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. It went on to become a West End hit, a successful feature film and had two Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007. But enough of Wikipedea, tonight Carlton's production of Grease the Musical was, quite simply, a triumphant explosion of energy, fun and entertainment. The 40 plus cast and orchestra were obviously having a great time and that enjoyment was shared by a suitably appreciative audience and deserved the standing ovation it earned at the end of the evening.

'Grease' centres on the friendships and relationships between the high school pupils as they approach the end of their High School days and tonight it was evident that Amanda had spent time and effort on developing characterisation and motivation giving every actor and role a distinct identity be they a T-Bird, Pink Lady, Gidget or Letterman. This attention to detail resulted in a completely believable ensemble cast which took the production to the next level of professionalism. This acting performance level was supported and vocally driven from the pit by Chris and his exceptionally tight 10-piece band. The months of vocal coaching and Direction that Chris had spent with Principal and Chorus alike paid great dividends and the 'a Capella' opening of the evening still gives me goosebumps when I think about it – very brave – very original and well worth the 'risk'. There are too many vocal highlights to mention but Beauty School Dropout has to be praised for keeping the right side of cliché while being flat out brilliant.

Another triumph of the night was the choreography developed by Rachael Rees. Grease is such a well known musical and the distinctive choreography from the Film must have been very tempting to emulate, but Rachael managed to avoid Plagiarism and Cliché throughout the night and especially in 'Grease Lightning'. The multi directional intermingling movement of the huge cast during 'Born to Hand Jive' was quite mesmeric and something to behold!

The cast were universally excellent. I am not going to single any one of them out for specific comment other than to say that this is one of the strongest ensemble performances I have seen in a musical. Every cast member was obviously looking out for one another, reacting effortlessly as well as acting, never dropping out of character and avoiding any hint of overacting or scene stealing – except when it was their scene to steal :)

Often when I come to the Theatre Royal, productions tend to have very literal set design – with 'bought in' sets that take significant time to strike and can interfere with the most important elements of the night – pacing, characterisation and energy. It was great to see that this production had avoided those pitfalls and instead, the 'simple' multi-level build with key props 'flown in' or brought in quickly and efficiently by the stage crew provided exactly the right flow to the night. Sound balance throughout the night was impeccable and lighting design and execution were simply Epic.

This was a great evening's entertainment by all at Carlton Operatic, and I am already looking forward to next year's West Side Story.


"A thoroughly enjoyable evening of entertainment that is certain to impress the legions of Grease fans out there as well as delight audiences who are new to this show. The obvious enjoyment of the performers on stage was infectious, leaving the audience grinning from ear to ear as they left the theatre." (Downstage Center)

"Grease was certainly the word ... as this award winning society scored another triumph with a dynamic, energetic and stunning performance of this feel good show. The show ended with a brilliant finale and sustained applause from an enthralled audience." (Theatre Online)

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Hello! I'm Catherine and I'm so excited to be playing the part of Sandy in Grease at Nottingham Theatre Royal.

My love of performing came from watching a performance of The Nutcracker on TV with my mum when I was three years old and I and turned to her and said, "that's what I want to do when I'm older".

Grease may not be a ballet but since then I have found real passion in the performing arts. In the last twelve months I've played everything from cameo type roles, music agents, a skipper, a Council Kid, Prince Charming's Aide, Sarah in Our House and a Delta Nu in Carlton Operatic's production of Legally Blonde. As clichéd as it sounds, playing Sandy really is a dream come true, particularly at such a venue as the stunning Theatre Royal.

This is not the first production of Grease I have been involved in, as I performed in the show whilst at school and the memories have stuck with me fondly. Who could forget the decision to cast the Head Teacher as Teen Angel and the performance where he forgot an entire verse of Beauty School Dropout, or the dress rehearsal (performed to all the teachers) where we didn't have the famous Greased Lightning car so we improvised with two school benches. Fingers crossed no hiccoughs this time round.

I am really looking forward to rehearsing the show over the next five months and even more excited about 1st - 5th June where we get to show you what I know is going to be a fantastic show!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hello, I'm Mark, and I am so chuffed to be playing Danny in Carlton Operatic Society's Grease. This is my fourth stage outing with the company, and a great follow-up to last year's Legally Blonde! To be able to perform in this show at such a prestigious venue is a real privilege. I can't wait!

Although this will be my fourth time performing at the Theatre Royal, I have been fortunate enough to perform just next door at the Royal Concert Hall back in my teens. I performed in hundreds of shows and displays with the Dako Flying Angels Gymnastics Display Team for 10 years, which even involved 3 live TV appearances on BBC's Blue Peter. I have the badges to prove it!

Looking back, my first taste of acting was back in Junior School when I played Bill Sykes in Oliver! I had to wear a huge black leather jacket and a ridiculously big gold chain. Admittedly, I looked more like a member of Run DMC than a cockney tough-nut!

I have always had a real passion for performing, and have been involved in various shows, plays, and musicals since the age of 10 when I joined the Dales Music & Drama Group in Bakersfield, Nottingham.

My passion for musicals stems way back to my childhood. My brother and I were obsessed with Little Shop of Horrors - I've been really fortunate to play both Seymour and more recently in 2012, provided the voice for the man-eating plant, Audrey II.

I'm now an ICT Teacher, working in an inner city school in Nottingham - I gained my Computing & Management Degree at Loughborough University back in 2009 and then threw myself straight into teaching. It's such a rewarding job!

Last year, I was lucky enough to perform at the Theatre Royal twice, as Corny Collins in Nottingham Operatic Society's Hairspray as well as Emmett in Legally Blonde with Carlton. I'm delighted to be back again this year!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, I'm Judie.

I'm very excited to be playing the role of Rizzo in this year's production of Grease. It's actually a bit of a dream come true for me. Rizzo is such a tough, sarcastic, sassy and passionate character but we still get to see a sensitive side to her in the end. I've been singing her iconic songs for years so I'm chuffed to actually have the privilege to sing them on stage. It's my first show with Carlton Operatic and my first performance on stage at the Theatre Royal so I'm very much looking forward to it.

I've been performing most of my life in dance shows, choirs, pantomimes and with operatic societies up and down the country. When I was just 5 years old I played Tiny Tim in Dickens' A Christmas Carol and got both of my two lines completely wrong. My family still take the mick but I thought to myself, 'well I can only get better, right?' I persevered and with the support of my family (particularly my wonderful Nan) I never gave up! Once I finished my drama degree, I toured with a variety of theatre companies in UK and European tours, fringe shows and the odd bit of film and TV.

I moved to Nottingham two years ago and in that time have appeared as Aunt Em in The Wiz, an array of characters in Oh What a Lovely War the previous year and as Mrs Holyroyd in The Widowing of Mrs Holyroyd, all at Nottingham Lakeside theatre. In 2014 I also played Myra Bruhl in Deathtrap at the Lace Market Theatre. Before that I was a member of Sedos in London, performing in a range of plays and musical theatre productions, one of my favourites being Enron at the Bridewell Theatre, London.

Not one for rest, I'm a primary school teacher by day and am also doing my Masters degree at Nottingham University in Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning. Please forgive me if you see me crawling out of the Theatre in June.

Come and see the show, it's going to be fab!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, I'm Sam and I'm thrilled to be playing Kenickie in this year's production of Grease.

I was a relative latecomer to musical theatre. Having spent my formative years in a few bands whilst studying, the thought of treading the boards never really took my fancy.

However, when I moved to a new town I realised that theatre was a fantastic way to make a whole social group in a short space of time. I ditched my guitar, joined the Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group, caught the bug and never looked back.

Since then I've performed some fantastic roles in many wonderful and enjoyable productions. Highlights include Curly in Oklahoma!, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act. As anyone who has performed the latter role will attest, having three layers of clothes on for the big number was certainly a good way to convincingly play a sweaty policeman.

I'm hugely excited to be performing such an iconic show at such an iconic theatre. Grease will also mark my first time performing in a theatrical production in Nottingham, the city in which I was born. I'm sure stepping out on that stage for opening night will be a special feeling and I can't wait for that moment to arrive.

Enjoy the show!!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, I'm Frenchy and I can't wait to start beauty school next semester!

Confession: I might speak French but that's probably the only vague similarity between Frenchy and I. I'm definitely not cut out for beauty school - my hair is always a mess and if I've remembered to put eyeliner on it's a good day!

I was so excited when I heard Carlton Operatic was putting on Grease that I couldn't wait to audition. It's my first show with the company and I'm thrilled that I'll finally be able to wear a pink lady jacket (that's every girl's dream, right?!)

I performed at the Theatre Royal for the first time last year as a cheesy, enthusiastic council kid on the Corny Collins Show in Hairspray! I think Frenchy would be too concerned about ruining her hair and make up to be on a kids television show, but at least I'll have her American accent nailed! I'm so grateful to be able to get back on that stage so soon, and can't wait to irritate all of my friends by constantly singing the songs.


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Hi I'm Liam.

In preparation for this role I have indulged in fast food and put on 7 stone. Before being cast I shared a body type with Zac Efron. My favourite fast food is salt and pepper squid from Ho Lok the Chinese takeaway. I liked it so much I even left a review on just eat. If you fancy a Chinese I highly recommend them. Anyway I'm sure the show will be great and well worth a watch. I'll be back to Zac Efron in no time!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hello! I'm Aston and I will be gracing the stage as Jan in this year's production of Grease!

I first knew I wanted to be on the stage from the tender age of 5 when I played the part of an angel in the school nativity. (Unfortunately I didn't get the role of Mary. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride eh?!) Since then I have performed in many musicals and plays including Into The Woods, The Producers and Legally Blonde, but I won't bore you with all the details!

I am a crazy cat lady. My cat, Patch, has no ears so he looks a bit like a sloth (but an adorable sloth!) I also feed a cat in my garden. I've named him Bruce.

One of my most enjoyable projects I've worked on is a short film Six Shooter where I got to do my favourite thing - a huge burp! The film got to the final of Film Four's Fright Fest festival which was shown at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema, as well as being shown in many countries around the world including America and Puerto Rico. Who knew burps could be so entertaining?!

The most recent show I performed at the Theatre Royal was my dream role of Tracy Turnblad in the musical Hairspray. It was a week I will never forget, and having my birthday during show week was the icing on the cake! I am really looking forward to returning to the Theatre Royal for the family favourite, Grease. Jan is a brilliant character who loves to eat... I get the feeling I'm being typecast! It is going to be a fantastic, fun filled show full of all your favourite songs - a show not to be missed! We are all getting excited now as rehearsals get into full swing and can't wait for you to see the end result!

Enjoy the show, see you there!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

The character description for Doody states he is 'Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile' so it is really very hard to fathom why I may have been cast in this role... although I can cope with having a disarming smile. 'He also plays the guitar'... right... okay.

I'm Patrick (Paddy, Pat, Trish... whatever you want) and this is my first show with Carlton and the first show I'll be doing at the Royal. I am really, enormously excited to playing Doody in Grease, especially as it will be performed at the Royal. I have been performing in shows since I was 10 and have been in so many musicals, operas and other random bits and pieces that it's hard to keep count now that I'm 23. I haven't performed at a theatre like the Royal for over a decade, so I'm very happy to perform at a proper theatre again now that I am, to the outside world, a 'young man' and can appreciate it more.

So yeah back to the guitar part... As someone who has only ever done around 2 grades in an instrument that wasn't voice, having to play the guitar in the show is a reasonably scary prospect. However, with months to practice and my new guitar in tow, I am very much relishing the challenge of learning to play. At least to a reasonable enough standard to do the songs he plays in the show.

In my 'spare time' I work in Student Recruitment for the University of Nottingham, where I did my undergraduate degree in Ancient History. During my degree I also did a lot more musicals and the like with the musical theatre society (Musicality), including being the society's social secretary for two years, than I ever did on my actual degree. Oops. But this kept my love of musical theatre alive and has left me with the need to do as much of it as possible.

I did a lot of shows with the University over five years and have started branching out over the past year to do more with other societies in the city, performing in The Wiz with New Street Theatre last year. I also had the amazing opportunity to be part of a show going up to the Edinburgh Fringe this last summer and had an incredible few weeks performing in and watching some awesome shows.

I am very pumped about getting to do a fun show with this lot of extremely talented people. So buy a ticket, come along and watch the cast perform brilliantly and myself play what will hopefully be at least a passable version of a few Grease songs on a guitar.

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Having recently moved from Birmingham to live and work in Nottingham, I joined Carlton Operatic Society in October 2015, needing to find somewhere to continue getting my Musical Theatre performance fix!

Music, theatre and performance are three things that are most definitely in my blood, as I come from a very theatrical family. My mother was a singer/leading lady with several societies and, my father was Musical Director... that's how they met, in fact; so you could say I was brought up around the theatre!

Aside from the standard dancing school shows, my first proper opportunity to perform came when I was around 8 years old and played the role of Amaryllis in The Music Man. Following that, I was lucky enough to play one of the Von-Trapp children in The Sound of Music at Birmingham Hippodrome. After that, I think it's safe to say I was well and truly hooked on this performing lark.

Yet, eventually, it was Contemporary dance where I found myself drawn, not musical theatre as you might have expected... but I still couldn't shake off the performance bug completely…

Fast forward a few years, and my life-long love of music and dance has culminated in a BA(Hons) degree in Dance Performance, and a good few shows along the way in various roles, including Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and a principal dancer in 42nd Street, Fame and West Side Story.

It was the integral athleticism and drive of the dancer that inspired me to take my interest in human physiology a step further into an MSc in Dance Science, and following that I qualified as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, now using my accumulated knowledge and experience to specialise in the wellbeing of performing artists.

Still, although my passion for academia was seemingly taking me further from musical theatre, I could never quite bring myself to say 'no' completely, so it was inevitable I was to re-join a previous company and I was fortunate enough to take part as a principal in several shows: Polly Baker in Crazy for You, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie Jordan in Carousel and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (both these last were award winning productions for the company).

Now, I am extremely proud to have become a member of Carlton Operatic Society and was thrilled to be offered the role of Marty in Grease. I can't believe I'm a Pink Lady!!!!

I would finally like to genuinely thank my family and friends for their continuing, unwavering support. Forgive the cheese, but, without you I seriously would not be where I am right now, and I hope I do you and the company proud at the Theatre Royal in June 2016. xxx

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, my name is Paice, and I have been an avid actor since the age of seven. I have been a part of a large number of acting groups, including the Television Workshop and Nottingham Operatic Society. I have been in various stage shows including Les Miserables at the Nottingham Arts Theatre, and Hairspray at the Theatre Royal.

On screen I have been in a number of adverts and a music video for Emma Bunton. I also took part in a CBBC reality game show and a short film for Channel 4. This is my first year with Carlton and I look to increase my acting portfolio further.

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Hi, I'm Ross and I'm playing superstar DJ Vince Fontaine. You only get to hear me rather than see me during the first section of the show, but seeing as I have a face for radio you can't really have any complaints.

I'm really excited to be getting myself back onstage at the Theatre Royal with all my Carlton friends after playing Carlos and Dewey in Legally Blonde last year, and I hope you all enjoy the show as much as we will putting it together and performing it for you!

Now throw your mittens around your kittens and away we go!

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Hello there, my name is Graham and it's really good to be involved with Carlton Operatic Society once again. Sister Act, Legally Blonde and now Grease - what fantastic shows! Even though Grease is the earliest of these almost everyone has either seen the movie or listened to the music from the show. I was very grateful to be even considered for a part by the cast committee owing to my senior years (no I'm not telling you how old I am). It must have been the hoodie and Nike trainers I wore when entering the audition room ha ha.

Now into the thick of rehearsals, as long as my nurse is standing by with my supply of oxygen, I think I'll be fine. One thing is certain and I say this to anyone over, lets say, 40,


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Hi I'm Sophie and I'm 25 years old. I'm really looking forward to performing with Carlton Operatics for my third year.

I've loved performing from such a young age. About 3 years ago I first performed in the Nottingham Arts theatre pantomime of Sleeping Beauty playing 'Fairy Lilac'. I actually met my fiancé whilst doing this! I know I did just say fiancé! We got engaged at Christmas and I'm absolutely over the moon! He will also be performing with me in Grease! So yes me and Liam have a very musical theatre household!

Anyway, since then I have played a Nun in Sister Act (2014) and a Delta Nu in Legally Blonde (2015) with Carlton Operatic Society at the Theatre Royal Nottingham and again a Fairy in the Pantomime Robin Hood (2014)

This year I have been fortunate enough to be given the part of 'Cha Cha'; this will be my first principal role with Carlton Operatic and I'm so excited! It promises to be an amazing show which will have you dancing in your seats all night long! Book your tickets now!

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Last year, after searching for a nice Christmas present for my parents, I saw that Carlton Operatic Society were performing Grease and realised how much I love the show and would love to be in it. Thankfully, my audition went well and I am so thrilled to be part of the cast of this production.

I have been acting since I was in my teens and taken part in a number of pantomimes and musical revues in the East Midlands and spent some time being a judge for the "Panto Oscars". I have also been known to appear as a singer at casino nights, tribute nights and a few weddings. For over 10 years, I have acted in Murder Mysteries all over the UK and Europe which has resulted in a few TV appearances including Loose Women and Bargain Hunt.

Grease has always featured in my life, from singing along to the film, dancing to the mega mix in dodgy bars and dreaming of having my own Teen Angel to guide my life... and so being the wrong side of thirty, I cannot believe I get to be Teen Angel for you at the amazing Theatre Royal.

I really hope you enjoy the show as much as I will and furthermore hope my parents enjoy their Christmas present!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, my name is Amy Patricia and I will be playing Patricia Simcox AKA "Patty".

I have been a member of Carlton Operatic since 2007 have thoroughly enjoyed being a chorus member, however when the chance to play Patty, the all-American neurotic cheerleader came up, I couldn't resist. I took my pom-poms out of retirement from my Uni days, and gave it my best shot. I couldn't believe it when the call came to say the part was mine.

I started dancing and performing when I was 3 years old, but wasn't bitten by the musical theatre bug until the age of 12 when I first saw Little Shop of Horrors and was hooked. Since then I've been a member of Nottingham Operatic Youth Group and adult company. I later went on to gain a BA Hons in Theatre Arts and Dance. Since then I have performed in many shows including Sue in A Slice of Saturday Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly and The Wizard of Oz, before heading off to Cyprus for two seasons to work as a hotel entertainer. Having returned to the UK recently I choreographed my first pantomime, Cinderella at the Nottingham Arts Theatre, but really look forward to getting back on stage at the Theatre Royal with such an amazing cast in Grease.

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, I'm James and I'm really excited to be playing Eugene in Grease – my first show with Carlton Operatic Society.

Being the massive musical theatre nerd that I am, it is no surprise that I have loved performing from an early age, when I was fortunate enough to be part of the chorus in Bill Kenwright's Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Theatre Royal. Since then, I have not stopped and will take any chance to showcase some talent whether it on stage or at home in the kitchen.

I attend Spotlight Theatre School where I take part in regular dance, acting and singing classes and have been lucky enough to be cast as Evan in Thirteen, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently Lewis in Our House.

I attempt to balance school with rehearsals but one day, I hope to combine these things by studying musical theatre full time after 6th form.

I'm thrilled to be part of such an amazing production with a truly talented cast, it promises to be a great show!

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Hi, I'm Michelle, and I'm delighted to be playing Miss Lynch in Carlton Operatic Society's groovy production of Grease!

I've been dabbling in amateur theatre for the last seven years, most recently playing Mrs Candour in The Royal Company's promenade production of Sheridan's The School for Scandal, as part of Nottingham Theatre Royal's 150th anniversary celebrations in September 2015.

As a member of Nottingham's Lace Market Theatre I've performed in an eclectic range of productions; The Rivals, As You Like It, Abigail's Party and Private Peaceful have been some of my favourites. I've also gained some unusual stage skills and proficiencies along the way – I can now belly dance, speak a number of Russian phrases and execute a series of WW1 parade ground rifle drills!

I'm a keen advocate for amateur theatre both on stage and behind the scenes, and as a Company Stage Manager for New Street Theatre Company I'm involved in an annual community musical project at the Lakeside Arts Centre, giving amateur performers the opportunity to develop their skills and experience by participating in a professionally-led production. I also stage manage for other theatres and groups; most recently for Nottingham Operatic Society's production of Hairspray in October 2015.

I joined Carlton Operatic Society last year to perform in my first musical, Legally Blonde, and having had an absolute blast singing and dancing through Harvard Law School I can't wait to rock up to Rydell High as 'old lady Lynch', the resident authoritarian!

I hope you can join us for our toe-tapping, hand-jiving, fun-loving spectacular show!

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Hi, I'm Zoe and I am very excited to be returning to the Theatre Royal with Carlton Operatic Society for this year's fantastic production of Grease!

Having had the time of my life performing in last year's musical of Legally Blonde, I am thrilled to be performing in Grease as one of my favourite characters, Blanche.

My love of singing and performing stems back to my childhood. Having come from a musical family, it is no surprise I fell in love with diverse musical genres and the world of musical theatre. This led to a passion for playing various musical instruments over the years, which included the violin, keyboard, guitar and singing.

At an early age, I attended Stagecoach, a Performing Arts Theatre School - I absolutely loved the buzz of performing in theatre and from then on, I was hooked. Over the years I have been lucky enough to perform at some amazing venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, London, and for the Queen's Royal Jubilee Celebrations.

I have since graduated from Loughborough University in Visual Communication and for the last eight years I have had a successful and fun career working as a Designer in Nottingham.

I am thrilled to be a part of Grease and I am looking forward to being on stage with such a fantastic cast... you're in for a treat!

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Hello, my name is Alice and I'm delighted to be performing in Grease, my first production with Carlton Operatic Society. I recently moved to the Midlands from darkest Surrey to escape the monotony of life in the London suburbs, and so far, Nottingham has not let me down!

I have always been involved in theatre but I am particularly enjoying the chance to have a good old sing and dance again after a short break from performing. I have previously performed in the amateur theatre world in Children of Eden (Woking Operatic Society 2012) and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Sonos Theatre Company 2013). In my professional life I work in theatre marketing and in my spare time I like to play board games.

'There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good' -Edwin Denby

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I am so excited to finally be able to perform with Carlton Operatic Society having watched their shows since before I could walk. I started dancing at the age of 3, joining Spotlight Theatre School when I was 11. Spotlight has helped me grow and develop as a performer and given me countless opportunities to perform. Grease has always been a favourite of mine. I am having so much fun rehearsing for this show and meeting new people who I am sure I will stay in touch with for a long time. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I am enjoying being a part of it!

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Hi, I'm Gareth. I think everyone needs a creative output in their lives - writing a book, painting, sculpting, singing, or what have you. Mine was always music.

When I was eight years old I inherited £100 from my grandmother; as did my twelve year old sister who put it towards a new clarinet. I decided I wanted to spend it on a musical instrument too, but couldn't decide between a drum kit or a guitar. Cleverly, my parents told me that whatever I chose, I'd have to carry it. Guitar it is!

Fast forward to 2010 and I was enjoying regular gigs with the best band I'd ever been fortunate to be a part of, the Saboteurs. I'd found a new interest in theatre though, albeit only as a patron, and easily made a few friends by waiting in the bar afterwards to congratulate cast members of a few shows. Before long one of those so-called friends (who shall remain nameless) encouraged me to get involved by auditioning for Amiens, a wandering minstrel, in an upcoming production of As You Like It at the Lace Market Theatre. I showed up to the audition with my guitar, was given a song to play, and half an hour later the part was mine. I hadn't read a line of dialogue yet!

At the first rehearsal I didn't know what to expect, but two of the leads were already off book and I started to think I was in way over my head. However, everyone was really supportive and helped us newbies through the process for what turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. If you ever find yourself watching a show thinking that you could never do that, do it. Give it a go. If you only want a taste there are often more people behind the scenes than you see on the stage too. After As You Like It I got into sound design and found myself involved in all kinds of productions in that capacity; I've also done set building, stage management, prop making, prompting, all sorts.

All in all I've been credited in over fifty productions in most of Nottingham's theatres as well as radio and television over the past five years. So involved am I in theatrics now that I've had to make the tough decision to quit music, but to my surprise I've never regretted it. Being in shows like Grease with such a wonderful group of people is too much fun to have regrets!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

Hi, I'm Lucy and I am so excited to be returning to the Theatre Royal this June to perform in Grease!

Ever since I was a child I have been singing and dancing and love the buzz you get when performing for an audience.

I have been a member of Carlton Operatic Society since 2010 and have loved every show I've been part of. However, when I heard we were doing Grease, I was even more excited. I've loved the show for as long as I can remember and used to plead with my parents to watch it on video over and over again - much to their frustration! Hearing and singing the music again gives me chills and I can't wait to shake it at the Theatre Royal.

Grease is going to be a fantastic show and I can't wait for everyone to join in the fun on June!

Grease, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 1-5 June 2016. Order tickets online now!

I've been in various Operatic Societies since I was 16 when my mum suggested I joined her at St Albans Operatic Society (you can imagine the kind of response that got from a grumpy, hormonal teenager). Since then I've not looked back. I've had amazing fun performing in a variety of different musicals and the best thing is I've made very special life-long friends! (Thanks mum).

Over the years I've enjoyed taking part in the chorus and have gradually worked my way up to little 'bit' parts and last year my first leading role as Paulette in Legally Blonde. Up until then I'd not just been lurking at the back of the chorus - oh no. I seem to have got a reputation for making up my own lines and chucking them in. Ones that were never in the script but by the time you get to show week are the linch-pin of the whole show. Some of my favourites include "Where's Fagin?" (Oliver) and "I know you do!" (West Side Story). So in the end I think it was probably just easier to give me a part with 'actual' lines?

Grease is my all-time-favourite film - I am soooo excited about being in this show. In fact once I've done it my life long dream has been met and I can retire (yeah right). I'm looking forward to playing Mrs Murdock but have nothing in common with her. I've never fixed a car, but have driven a few lemons. Thankfully I could always rely on my dad to fix the car or rescue me when I broke down (thanks Dad). Playing Mrs Murdock means that I am the only women who gets to be in Greased Lightening - result!

Of all the societies I've been in, Carlton has a very special place in my heart as they made me feel so welcome when I moved by myself to Nottingham from St Albans. So welcome that I'm still here nearly 15 years later!

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Hi, I'm Tia, I'm 20 and due to turn 21 during show week! I'm absolutely thrilled to be performing with Carlton Operatic Society.

I've had a love for performing for as long back as I can remember but have only ever really took part in shows that were put on by school, so I thought that this year I'd try something different. I was doing a lot of trawling through different societies when I stumbled across Carlton and read about how good they were. They had some "Bridging the Gap" workshops coming up, so I thought that I'd go to them and have a taster of what it would be like. Funnily enough I nearly chickened out and had to have a serious word with myself in the car outside and force myself to go in - but I'm so glad I did!

Then having auditioned to join the society I was delighted to find out that I was in; I was going around telling everyone the good news - whether I knew them or not! Now its sinking in that I've got to learn to dance - and look like I know what I'm doing (oh God!) - but that's all part of the fun and games.

I ride past the Theatre Royal on my way to work everyday and still cannot believe that I'm going to be performing in there. What a better way than to spend my 21st than being on an amazing stage, in an amazing musical with an amazing cast and production team?!

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I'm Alison (Ali), I'm 24 and hold of a degree in performing arts.

Where to start? Well, my love of music began at a young age through my upbringing in the Salvation Army church. My mum and gran introduced me to music/musicals and have continued to support me through my many endeavours in the industry. I am hoping to do the same for my little brother who is eight as he has quite an ear for music and hope one day he'll get to join me on stage!

Over the years I attended multiple summer music schools up and down the country with the Salvation Army, I was also, for several years, part of the Nottingham Operatic Youth Group. I continued to be involved in musical theatre at school too taking part in the productions playing Tallulah and Miss Hannigan amongst others. In my FdA in Musical Theatre at Hull I got the part of Jacqueline in Me and My Girl which was a lot of fun, even if i was crawling around the stage in a silk nightie! This is now my second year with Carlton Operatic Which brings me nicely to the most recent part I've had the joy of playing which was Enid Hoops in Carlton's last production of Legally Blonde the musical which was great fun! I am now looking forward to taking part in our latest production, getting to dance and help with the costuming of the production this year!

But shh... Grease is the word!

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Hi, I'm Bekki and I am one of the chorus members in Grease.

I have always loved musicals and the 'glamour' of the stage. My grandma took me to see Some Like It Hot and Hot Shoe Shuffle when I was 7 and I was hooked. Watching my mum on stage in her Operatic Society convinced me that I wanted this as a hobby. I joined Carlton Operatic Society for Summer Holiday and have since done every show except Legally Blonde.

When not at rehearsals or committee meetings for COS I spread my time between working as a Speech and Language Therapist and introducing my children to as much Disney and show tunes as possible. In my opinion this music is much more tolerable than constant 'Wheels on the bus'!

I am really looking forward to getting back on stage for Grease. I will never forget seeing it in the West End when I sat between my two aunts who were the only 2 in the theatre to stand up and catcall Kenickie in the matinee performance at the start of 'Greased Lightning'. They had only ever been to see it in the evening when it was apparently more rowdy but as an 11-year old sat between them I was mortified! I have performed Grease twice at school but am so excited to be in it on such a huge stage as the Theatre Royal. Catcall all you want, this show will be amazing.

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Hey, I'm Bethany and it's not long now til Grease hits the stage. Grease has been my favourite musical from being young and I can't believe that I am part of this amazing production, let alone at the Theatre Royal!

I have been dancing since the age of two and it has always been my main passion in life. This will be my first production with Carlton; after watching Legally Blonde last year I couldn't wait to be part of such an amazing cast, and having playing one of the Council Kids last year in Hairspray I couldn't wait to get back on stage performing.

Come and get your tickets, they're selling out fast!!

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Hello there, I'm Sarah a lady of nearly 50, soon to be playing a teenager in Grease!

I have been in the society for 20 years now and this will be my 21st consecutive show - which makes me a very proud and increasingly old member of the society!

I can't quite believe that I started out here when I was only 29 and answered an advert in the Nottingham Evening Post for new, younger members. I remember phoning the lovely Margaret Donnelly, chatting about what I could do and explaining that I could sing and dance a little, but had never done any acting. She told me to come down to the first rehearsal of the season for Oklahoma and see how I got on. I walked into a room full of strangers, but they turned out to be friendly strangers who took me under their wing. I haven't really looked back since then.

The Society has been my lifeline and some of the people in it have become my best friends. They have seen me through some very tricky times and supported me after the death of my lovely husband Dave and I genuinely could not have done it, or continue to do it, without them.

Dave supported me in my love for being on stage and in our carol singing and particularly wanted me to continue after his death. He would have been very proud that I've been able to do that and also would have really enjoyed seeing me in Grease, so this performance is for him.

It's going to be a great, fun, high energy and catchy-tuned show, which I am sure everyone will love. You'll leave the theatre and be dancing down the streets. Enjoy!

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I joined Carlton Operatic Society 10 years ago and can't believe it's been so long as I still feel like one of the newbies. Although I'd done some singing in other societies before that, I'd never done anything as challenging as the kind of music we tackle in Carlton. In terms of dancing, before I came to Carlton the most I did was march in straight lines and form a circle. Nowadays, I spend most of the rehearsal feeling like I'm trying to pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time whilst trying to remember to sing - just wait until you see our routines; you'll see what I mean!

I have to admit that being part of this show has led to a number of embarrassing moments. I try to learn my music and moves when I get a chance and that might be when I'm sitting on a train, waiting at the airport or standing in a queue. I always think I'm discreetly 'working' through a dance routine in my head only to find when I've opened my eyes that I've attracted the wrong kind of attention for appearing to swat imaginary flies whilst lurching about in some sort of zombie-like daze. How do you explain to complete strangers that you're actually doing 'the flicky bit' for "We Go Together"?!

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we love performing it.

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Hi I'm Ellie,

I am so happy to be a part of Carlton Operatic Society. Last year I helped backstage during Legally Blonde and knew I wanted to be part of the next production so this year I'm performing in my first show with them and what better musical to start with than Grease! The first musical I saw as a child which encouraged me to fall in love with the theatre since then.

My passion to be on the stage flourished at the age 10 when I played the role of Nancy in Oliver, Aladdin in my secondary school pantomime and a dwarf in Snow White haha!

From then I've spent many years singing which has always been a great love of mine, performing in shows to raise money for various charities.

More recently I played the part of Maid Marian in the pantomime Robin hood (2014) & Heather in Our House The Musical (2015) and look forward to performing in many more shows in the years to come.

It's going to be a fantastic show and will be sure to have the audience singing and dancing along with us!

Grease is the word!

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Hi I'm Emily and I'm one of the chorus members in Grease. This is my first year as a member Carlton Operatic Society and I'm pretty thrilled to be a part of such a great musical. I've grown up in Nottingham and been to see many shows at the Theatre Royal over the years, so to get the opportunity to perform in a show there feels pretty surreal.

I've always been a massive musical fan and been caught more times than I like to admit performing songs in my kitchen to the audience of my very confused dog. Grease in particular is a musical I fell in love with as a child, we have videos of me singing Greased Lightning but getting the words wrong and singing 'Go Buzz Lightyear' as a 3 year old, but my heart was in the right place! Over the years my love for performing and the theatre just kept growing, sitting in the theatre as the overture begins is one of my favourite feelings in the world and I don't think that will ever change.

I'm really excited to be going to study at drama school in September so hopefully this is the first of many shows that I might get to be a part of. I hope you enjoy the show!

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Hi, I'm Hannah and I'm super exciting to be on the Theatre Royal stage again with some of my besties doing such an iconic musical!

I joined Carlton Operatic Society in 2007 for the production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and have been hooked ever since. It's a pleasure to be a part of such a professional and committed company. I had the pleasure of taking my first principle role with the society two years ago in our production of Sister Act, which was a magical experience that I will never forget.

Being a part of the ever growing Carlton family and doing what I love with people I love is amazing and I look forward to taking to the stage once more with them in this high energy production of Grease. #greaseistheword

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Hi, I'm Katherine

I can't remember a time when I haven't been dancing, or going to see ballets and musicals. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have said without a doubt 'a famous ballerina'. My favourite ballet is Romeo and Juliet. My favourite musical... I couldn't say, there are just so many I love, and it depends on my mood. I also love musical films, have watched Grease countless times and know every word of that version by heart. The opportunity to be part of Grease the Musical was, therefore, too good to miss (although through the audition process I was convinced I would miss it)!

I joined Carlton Operatic for Summer Holiday in 2008, and have taken part in all of the shows since, apart from last year's Legally Blonde, where I enjoyed helping backstage instead. I love being part of the company on stage, and have only once gone for a 'main character part'... as Nana the dog in Peter Pan, which I loved (although singing with a dog costume on was somewhat challenging, and I couldn't see a thing)!

When I'm not dancing and singing, out walking or in the gym, I'm a Chartered Accountant, working as a Finance Project Manager, which I really enjoy and which keeps me on my toes in a different way to the Carlton dance rehearsals.

Every year I am amazed by the work the production team puts into creating these shows. I know Grease will be so much fun for everyone, whether performing or supporting. Enjoy the show!

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Hi, I'm Olivia and I'm so excited to be joining such a talented cast on the Theatre Royal stage. This is my first production with Carlton Operatic Society and I couldn't imagine a better show to do as my first production with them than Grease. I've loved the show since I was a child so it is an amazing experience to be part of it with the Society.

Dancing and performing have been part of my life since a young age and I'm so excited to start a new chapter of my life studying dance and Musical Theatre at Performers College in September.

I hope that you enjoy watching the show as much as we love being part of it!

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Hey y'alllll. My name's David, and this year will be only my second ever musical theatre performance. Not just with the Carlton Operatic Society, but EVER.

It's really fantabulous being back with the society for a second run. Especially after the success of Legally Blonde last year, I am sooooo excited to get back on that stage and perform with such an amazing group of people. (Seriously, the talent we have within this group really needs to be seen!)

Grease has always been a favourite film of mine, and it will truly be an awesome experience performing to the classic hits with all the guys and gals of COS.

If you know and love the songs from Grease, get your tickets NOW!

Oh dear! Now you'll have to excuse me. Class is about to begin, and Miss Lynch is on the warpath.

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Hi, I'm Laurence.

I grew up in Derbyshire and throughout school I was involved in various orchestras, windbands and theatre groups. After moving out to University and since, I've had little time to join such committments, but I'm now eager to get back into it.

I like swing dancing and occasionally write my own songs!

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Hi I'm Adam, I am looking forward to playing the coach in Carlton Operatic Society's Production of Grease!

I grew up in amateur theatre and have be performing across the midlands for the last 40 years. I always enjoy performing at the Theatre Royal ever since my first time in Nottingham Operatic Society's production of Gypsy in 1982 as a young farm boy. Carlton's next performance also has a special place in my heart as I met my beautiful wife Claire whilst performing as Bernardo and Anita, in West Side Story with Long Eaton Operatic Society. I have been in many musicals over the years and each one holds a special place in my heart, some for outstanding performances, other due to weddings, engagements, births and also those that have sadly had their last encore! Also to some great friendships that I truly treasure. My biggest joy now is sharing my passion for the theatre with my family as every member is involved in local musical theatre in some way. As we seem to find partners with a similar passion, looking back it would have been easier to hold auditions rather than spend all that time dating.

The fantastic people you meet, and the friendships you share have always been a blessing. It is always great to see such talented young people coming through and this company is no exception! Plus I get to see them every night for free. I would like to dedicate this performance to my fabulous wife Claire and wonderful children Sam, Grace and Abe who I am sure will keep the musical theatre bug going for years to come.

Adam x

Hi I am Charleigh and this is my first show with Carlton Operatic Society and it's been so much fun working with such a talented company. I've been a musical theatre fanatic for as long as I can remember and I've been going to see shows at the Theatre Royal since I was 3; now I finally get the opportunity to perform on the stage in this wonderful production of Grease. Rehearsals have been such good fun and I have made many new friends with the same musical theatre obsession!

I've enjoyed being a part of the show very much and I know that you will thoroughly enjoy it, so see you there!

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Hi, my name's Maya and I am a part of the chorus in Carlton Operatic Society's production of Grease. This is my second time on the Theatre Royal stage and I cannot wait to perform one of my favourite shows with some of my closest friends.

Musical theatre has been a big part... the biggest part of my life for a long time. Over the years I've been in a lot of shows including my debut in Wind in the Willows as Toad of Toad Hall (unfortunately footage of this still exists) other than that I've done Hairspray, Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, Fame, Little Shop of Horrors and a few more. This has meant I've spent a large proportion of my life in rehearsals, replacing trivial tasks such as socialising, but, you know, it's all about priorities.

Jokes aside I am really grateful for the opportunity to perform in such a professional production. I have throughly enjoyed being a part of the company.

I really hope you enjoy the show.

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What's the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? Dubai don't like the Flinstones but Abu Dhabi do..... Ha brilliant isn't it!

I'm Laura and this is my third show with Carlton Operatic but I've been performing for many years! Between principal roles and chorus roles, I love performing in any show as any role.

Grease is a childhood favourite of mine. I believe I may have played every role in my living room performing to my very patient parents... Danny was definitely my favourite, probably the only time it has ever been acceptable to draw a six pack on myself!

I'm excited this year to chill out a bit and enjoy some back-stage banter!

Thanks for reading my rabble! Enjoy the show :D

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Hi, I'm Rosie and I can't wait to get back on the Theatre Royal's stage!

After having a ball playing Elle Woods in our production of Legally Blonde last year, I thought I'd have a more relaxing year being out of the limelight this time round. So, I got a new job, bought my first home and got married! All whilst trying to get my head (and feet) around this year's exciting and energetic dance numbers! I'm not sure I know the meaning of the word 'relaxing'...

Who am I kidding? I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't rushing to the next rehearsal or practicing my dance moves in the kitchen!

I hope you enjoy the show as much as we're going to enjoy performing it for you!

Grease is the word xx

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