Grease is the Word!

For this year’s much-anticipated BDA musical, the performing arts team and a group of talented actors from across the academy took on one of the most celebrated stage musicals in history and delivered in fine style.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Dennis Potter Theatre – packed to the rafters with parents, pupils, teachers and governors – played host to the Pink ladies and the T-Birds, who took the BDA community by storm with a truly exceptional production of Grease.

The cast and crew leapt together through time and space to 1959 and the all-American Rydell High, where youth culture was changing, rock and roll was on the rise and a sense of rebellion hung heavy in the air.

Dylan Arango and Nardos Mogas brought Danny and Sandy to life with a pitch-perfect balance of sweetness and swagger. Their excellent vocals were complimented by Dylan’s formidable stage presence and Nardos’ mature understanding of character.

Youngsters Tamara Kovacevic and Harry Kelly were both superb in their roles as Frenchy and Roger. The pair were responsible for countless laughs and are sure to be part of many a successful BDA performance in the future.

Llodawna Ellington was predictably brilliant as the complicated Rizo, blowing the audience away with her wonderful voice and gritty take on the troubled teenager, while Yassin Seddik was cool as a cucumber playing the endearing rogue Kinicke.

There really were too many exceptional performances to cover in depth, but special mention must be made of Joshua Barredo as Doody, Chanel Vital as Marty, Freeda Bernard as Jan, Darnell Christie as Sonny and Nikita Crossman as Cha Cha.

Well done also to Johnley Videna, Emmy Toulson and Ryan Tasker, who added a healthy dose of comic value to proceedings, and to Newar Mekhael whose rapid-fire commentary was sharp and impressive.

Dame Sally said: “I have been here for six years and this is, I think, the best production I’ve seen.”

A comment on the school Twitter account read: “The final night of Grease is underway and what a performance it is! Some very talented students at BDA.”

Well done all and a huge thanks to BDA’s amazing performing arts department, who never fail to raise the bar.