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Michael Kelly as Eugene and Orla Broderick as Miss Lynch at rehearsals for Grease. Photograph by John Kelly.

Grease is the word in Scariff

IT has been 20 years since Grease, the musical, was performed by Scariff Community College students and almost 10 years since they last performed a musical but, this November, the T-Birds and Pink Ladies return to the school stage.

Scariff Community College’s forthcoming production of the ever popular Grease is directed and choreographed by former East Clare Musical Society director, Tim Landers, with musical direction by Johnny O’Brien.

Trudy Mc Gonigle as Sandy and Paddy Marsh as Danny. Photograph by John Kelly.
Trudy Mc Gonigle as Sandy and Paddy Marsh as Danny. Photograph by John Kelly.

It takes place in Scariff Community College Hall from Thursday, November 13 to Saturday, November 15 and will offer audiences an entertaining evening, full of song, dance and comedy, performed by more than 90 of East Clare’s finest young talents.

Taking on the leading roles are Trudy McGonigle as Sandy and Paddy Walsh as Danny. The Pink Ladies are played by Amber Meskell (Rizzo), Alannah Marsh (Frenchy), Fiona Hogan (Jan) and Rachel Allen (Marty), while Rachel Glass plays Patty.

The T-Birds are Shane Corry (Keneckie), Josh Maloney (Doody), Oran Treacy (Roger) and William Glass (Sonny), while the school nerd, Eugene, is played by Michael Kelly.

They are accompanied by a full supporting cast and chorus, spectacular costumes and dance routines and comedy.

Last Sunday, the cast of the 1994 Grease production came together for a reunion event at Rodger’s in Scariff, where they donned their T-Bird and Pink Lady jackets, remembering the time they were the ones on the community college stage.


About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received seven national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland and a National Lottery Local Ireland national media award for Best Community Story 2019. A Masters in Journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies, and a Higher Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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