Director’s Notes

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Barbara Tomasic

How long has it been since you were in high school or had a summer love? For some of you, it’s happening now, and for others it’s a distant memory.

In Grease, we are going back to 1959. TV was the new influencer of dreams, advertising was taking off and showing people they could have the hottest car, the newest fashion, or be like their favourite celebrity; kind of like the internet today…except much slower.

The kids at Rydell High all have dreams of love, glamour, and freedom. Doody wants to be a rock star, Marty to be Grace Kelly, and Sandy and Danny just want to be free to be who they really are.

Grease the movie came out when I was a little girl, and my parents wouldn’t let me see it because it was too risqué. That only made it even more desirable and when, at age 13, I saw it at a pajama party with my girlfriends, I became obsessed. I loved the era, the music and the fashion, but what I loved most was the celebration of young people and their independence. They were rebellious and free, and joyful – and to me that was everything.

My hope is that this musical reminds you of your first love, your first car, and your gang of best friends. “Grease is the time, is the place is the moment, and Grease is the way we are feeling.”

About Barbara

Barbara is thrilled to be returning to Chemainus after directing Footloose and The Cornwalls’ All Inclusive Cancun Christmas. She is a graduate of UBC with a MFA in Directing and JIPA with a diploma in theatre performance and has played Maria in The Sound of Music, Anna in The King and I and Cathy in the Canadian Premiere of The Last Five Years. Favourite directing credits include 42nd Street (Studio 58); Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Cry Baby, The Music Man, Crazy for You (Gateway Theatre); and Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One (UBC). So excited to be working with the amazing Julie Tomaino again. Love!