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Grease is the Word at Newfield Lodge as Residents Gear up for their Second Production

Published: Wednesday 8th August 2018

Danny and Sandy Snip

Residents and staff at luxury care home  Newfield Lodge in Castleford are gearing up for their second production after the success of last year’s nativity play.  The home has decided to perform ‘Grease’ in commemoration of the 40thanniversary of the screen debut of the popular film. 

Lifestyle Manager, Tom Ogden, has been leading rehearsals and plays heartthrob Danny in the production.  He said,“We had so much fun with the nativity that we knew we wanted to do another production and Grease appeals to all generations.  It has been hard work but seeing the residents enjoy it has made it all worthwhile.  They have got a new lease of life!” 

The sounds of Grease have been ringing out during the recent summer nights as rehearsals got underway.  Mary Maskill, who made headlines at Christmas by playing a donkey in the Newfield nativity was keen to be part of the next show.  She said,“Never in a million years did I think at the age of 99 I would be dancing around and singing to Grease songs but it’s a laugh and I enjoy having fun”.

Terrence Walton has lived at  Newfield Lodge for just over two years and was a wise man in the nativity at Christmas.  He said, “I was happy when I was asked to be in Grease.  I am 74 and think I’m 24 - I am loving life!” 

Care Assistant, Bethany Hanford is playing Sandy in the production.  She said, “My part has been very challenging as I am not a singer but I have put 100% into the rehearsals and I am so excited for the main shows.  I am nervous but I am doing it for our residents and if they are happy then that is all that matters.” 

The show has been a real community affair with a local teen group offering to help out and build Greased Lightening and tickets to the three performances of the Newfield T-Bird and Pink Ladies have virtually sold out.

Performances are on Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August - contact Newfield Lodge on 01977 524 267 for further information.