Now we meet the other half of our Directing Team - Rosalie Bennett.
Name: Rosalie Bennett
Who am I?: Co-Director of Grease and costume guru
Since you’re not in it, tell us a bit about GREASE: Grease has to be one of my favourite musicals – who wouldn’t want to be one of the Pink Ladies or T Birds!
What’s your favourite song in the show and why?: It’s really difficult to choose as they are all fab and our enormously talented MD and cast are doing a superb job on them. But if pushed, I would say ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ – oh how many times have I sung that, while looking in the mirror and holding a hairbrush (sympathy aahs please…)
What other shows have you done: I have performed regularly with Send Amateur Dramatic Society (SADs) over the last 15 years (and I’m still only 22!), my credits include: a lead role in ‘A Ritual for Dolls’; Michelle in ‘Allo Allo’; and Lady Beatrice in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. I have also played many principal boys and princesses in my time, oh and one baddie! I have a background in dance and have directed and choreographed many straight plays and several pantomimes, my favourites being ‘Snow White and the Seven Not Particularly Tall People’ and ‘The Magic Shoes’.
Best & worst moment on stage: Best stage moments - being part of the award-winning ‘Ritual for Dolls’ at The Woking Drama Festival and winning a nomination for Best Actress whilst wearing my actual wedding dress (does that sound wrong)?! Worst moment has to be choreographing the ‘Can Can’ and showing the cast how to do a hand spring, while wearing new ‘slippy-soled’ character shoes – need I say more! Ask Rizzo how long we took to stop laughing…..
Interesting Grease Fact #13: Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last sequence.