Sing-a-long-a-Grease at The HexagonBy Caroline Cook
May 17, 2012
Grease will be the word on Friday when Pink Ladies and T-Birds flock to Reading for a musical spectacular.
Fans of the classic film will be combing their quiffs and putting on pink wigs for Sing-a-long-a-Grease at The Hexagon.
“It’s the one that you want,” says show producer Ben Freedman.
“Sing-a-long-a-Grease is much more than just a film – it’s an event, an interactive experience and great fun.”
The sing-a-long-a phenomenon arrived in Reading earlier this year, with audiences flocking to the theatre to dance in the aisles.
And now the experience is back ready to teach a whole new legion of Grease fans how to hand-jive.
“Sing-a-long-a-Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a sing-a-long show back in 1999,” says Ben, who has also helped produce Sing-a-long-a-Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a-Abba.
The first sing-a-long-a screening took place at London’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 1999 with The Sound of Music on the big screen, before opening at the Prince Charles Cinema later that year.
After a sell-out run the show went on tour, bringing a whole new experience to theatre-goers and movie fans around the country.
The evening begins with a host who warms up the audience, teaches them how to hand-jive and makes sure everyone has picked up their free goodie-bags which are filled with props to use during the screening.
They will also be on hand to judge a fancy dress competition, with guests encouraged to style their best Danny Zuko quiffs or squeeze into a pair of Sandy-style leather trousers.
The 1978 movie, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, will then be shown, with lyrics on the screen for everyone to sing along to hits like Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin’.
The movie tells the story of Danny and Sandy who have a summer fling and then find themselves reunited when Sandy joins Rydell High School.
With geeks, jocks, and of course the T-Birds and Pink Ladies, Grease is an all-American musical smash-hit with plenty of rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong to get audiences singing and dancing in the aisles.
Sing-a-long-a-Grease is at The Hexagon on Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. To book call (0118) 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com