Thank you to Barbara Tomasic and Julie Tomaino, the Director and Choreographer of our upcoming production of Grease for answering a few questions!
- This is the 40th Anniversary of Grease! What is it about this show that has stood the test of time?
Barb: I think the spirit of being a teenager, trying to figure out who they are, is still the same.
Julie: I think there are so many popular fifties songs in this show that are still widely listened to now.
- Do you have a favourite memory of watching this show? Either a stage production or a movie?
Barb: When I was in grade 7 I watched the movie 8 times in one night at a sleepover. I remember thinking it was such a risqué movie, and marvelling at the freedom and joy of the teenagers.
- This show is so popular and well-known, what creative touches are you planning to bring to the production at Chemainus Theatre Festival?
Julie: there is such iconic choreography in Grease, and of course I’m going to pay homage to the original, but with a twist. I like to challenge myself as a choreographer with movement that tells the same story in the style of the show but with my stamp on it.
- The 50’s are such a fun part of Grease, how is the creative team working together to bring this decade to life on stage?
Barb: our set designer Lauchlin has based the set on a photo of Sandra Dee that I chose. I think this photo is a strong representation of the colour palette and style of the time period. We’re also using images from advertising from the fifties and of course the costumes.
- Be honest, do you constantly have the soundtrack going through your head? Any songs in particular?
Julie: yes. Because I need to know all the accents and orchestrations so well I had ALL the songs running through my head for over a month. Today, it’s We Go Together.
Barb: Freddy My Love is the one I’ve had over and over in my mind.
We’re both happy to back in Chemainus, a town we hold close to our heart.