THE Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society returned to the Volunteer Hall this week after a two-year absence to perform the toe-tapping, hand-jiving musical Grease.

The audience were transported back to 1959 at Rydell High School and those fortunate enough to have secured a much-prized ticket for the sell-out show were in for a treat.

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OK, the wonderful Laurie Coburn and James Bennett are perfectly cast as Sandy and Danny with fantastic support from the fantastic Pink Ladies and the tremendous T Birds. In fact they go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.

Bursting with sing-a-long hits such as Summer Nights, You’re the One that I Want, Greased Lightening, Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted and Grease is the Word, there are worse things you could do than spend the night at the Volley.

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First show was Monday night and the cast took a well-deserved standing ovation, the first of many this week.

The show runs to Saturday but all tickets have gone.

Pink Ladies: Rizzo (Rhianne Miller), Jan (Josie Paterson), Frenchy (Jess Thomson) and Marti (Esther Presslie)

T Birds: Kenickie (Dan Wilson), Doody (Matthew Wear), Roger (Lewis Wilde) and Sonny (Alasdair Jeffrey)

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Eugene (Simon Thomson), Vince Fontaine (Roddy Graham), Parry (Grace Gilbert), Johnny Casino (Oliver Grant)

The cheerleaders: Cha Cha (Emily Balderston), Radio Voice (Olivia Allan), Sheila (Lucymarie McEvoy) along with Laura Jo Forsyth, Melissa Robertson, Ruby Everett, Sky Hume and Olivia Lugton.

Rydell High staff: Miss Lynch (Barbara Shiel), The Hero (Grant Matthew Allison), Teen Angel (Luke Dalrymple) plus Andrew Cannon, Colette Edie, Catharine Fletcher, Shelley Foster, Irene Hume, Val Little, Caroline Hardie, Janet McDougall, Kaye Forsyth, Vicki Shirra Gibb and Elodie Petit.

Rydell High students: Cory Paterson, Max Turnbull, Emily McGlashan, Mario Gee, Cerys Robertson, Beth Cockburn, Leah Gold, Tara Elms and Mya Lamb.

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Officials 2022/23: President Ruth Davidson, Secretary Sheila MacDonald, Business Manager Andrew Cannon, Booking Secretary Audrey MacDonald,

Committee: Barbara Johnston, Muriel Johnston, Alaistar Waddell, Val Little, Kathleen Macfarlane, Ev Watson. Patron Secretary Mrs D Heard.

Producer and Musical Director Jeff Thomson, Choreographer Marie McCullough, Rehearsal Pianist Jennifer Montague, Costumes Utopia Costumes Ltd, Sound Engineer Dave Keay (Bootcamp Audio), Lighting Calum Wilson and Elias Aitken, Follow Spots Mari Henderson and Megan Roper, Scenery The Border Studio, Additional Sets Ian Sands, Graham MacDonald Auto Solutions Borders,

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Stage Management Malcolm Wilson, Craig Monks and their Crew, Wardrobes Ev Forsyth, Sandra Aitchison, Lucy Thomson, Barbara Johnston, Ruth Davidson, Ev Watson, Make Up / Hair Cat Wood, Prompt Sheila Wilson and David Leckie, Front of House Audrey MacDonald and her Team, Properties Sheila MacDonald, Kathleen Macfarlane, Additional Musical Equipment Earlston high School, Posters, Programme Design and Photographs Sheila and Harry Scott, Flowers and Bouquets courtesy of EDELWEISS.

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Band: Conductor Jeff Thomson, Keyboard 1 Jeff Thomson, Keyboard 2 / Strings Cath Cormie, Keyboard 3 Jennifer Montague, Guitar Gary Smith, Bass Catherine Thomson and Lorraine Kemp, Reed 1 Paul Cormie, Reed 2 Jessica Sturrock, Percussion Graham Borthwick