Grease is is now the all-time best selling production at the Chemainus Theatre.
“This is the first time we’ve sold out an entire production run, remarkable considering it’s nearly three months long,” noted Randal Huber, Chemainus Theatre’s managing director. “This likely places us in a small group of North American theatres that have experienced a complete sellout over a continuous run of this length, 98 performances.”
Produced by the theatre 40 years after the hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the songs and story have not lost their appeal for audiences on Vancouver Island. Summer visitors and locals to the Cowichan Valley have been flocking to the theatre to enjoy favourite tunes such as ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Greased Lightning.’
Throughout its show run, the town of Chemainus worked to support the summer hit with events such as a Classic Car Show.
Audiences and reviewers equally loved the production.
Earlier this summer, Chemainus Theatre secured the rights to Mamma Mia. There’s going to be a huge demand for tickets to visit Chemainus next year to see this popular musical. The rest of the 2019 season will be announced in the fall, followed by season ticket sales, and single tickets go on sale in the new year.
Huber noted the hard-working cast and creative team of Grease put on a fantastic show. “Time and time again we have heard compliments about the set, costumes and how incredible every cast member was in their performance.”
The success of Grease has the Chemainus Theatre on track to hit its 2018 season targets.