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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Young 'Uns Hopelessly Devoted to Grease

* Taken at the 1950s Museum (Cae Dai Trust) in Denbigh, the picture shows the Pink Ladies(plus Patty Simcox)  and T Birds aboard the museum's 1950s pink Cadillac.
Pink Ladies (from front left round to right) Frenchy, Connie Richardson; Sandy,Sophie Roberts; Rizzo, Celyn Orton-Jones, Marty, Maia Molloy; Patty Simcox, Zoe Nicholas and  Jan, Katie Clark.
T Birds (inside Cadillac) Kenickie, Luke Reardon; Danny, Ethan Le-Cheminant; Roger, Aled Morris; Sonny, Will Heath and Doody, James Reardon. Picture by Barrie Potter.

Llangollen Operatic Society's junior section stage their own version of what is possibly the world's favourite musical next month.
To mark the 41st anniversary of Grease, which had its premiere in New York on Valentine's Day in 1972, , the Young 'Uns are putting on the blockbuster fifties-set show at Llangollen Town Hall from February 14-16.
The piece is packed with explosive energy, vibrant pop culture of the era and a host of unforgettable songs such as Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin', Hopelessly Devoted to You and You're the One that I Want.  
And the Young Uns' cast of nearly 50, a number of whom gave a sneak preview of the production during the town's recent Christmas Festival, have been working hard in rehearsals for the past few months to perfect their presentation of the big rock 'n roll party.  

The 'Young 'Uns have been performing shows in Llangollen for the past 28 years.  

Last year's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat led to the group landing an amateur stage "Oscar" from NODA.

Members, aged 16-18, are drawn not only from Llangollen but surrounding areas such as Chirk, Corwen, Glyn Ceidiog and Wrexham. 

Production team for Grease is Pamela Williams (producer), Dee Smith (assistant producer), Jo Lloyd and Robyn Crowley (artistic directors) and Julian Cattley (musical director).
Show times are Thursday February 14, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th at 7.30 pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
Tickets at £10 and £8 concessions are available from Jades Hair and Beauty, Gwyn Davies the butchers, Llangollen Oggie Shop, by ringing Stella Bond on 01978 86044 or online at

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