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Hopelessly devoted to football!

Think Grease, and chances are you'll think of big-quiffed John Travolta and super-sweet Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 movie that became the most successful film musical of all time.

But this November two new kids on the block hope to make the roles of Danny and Sandy their own.

Picture of Rhianon Mone

Craig Saunders (played the role of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Nov 2014) and Rhianon Mone are in the thick of rehearsals for the lead roles for our production of Grease.

This is 18-year-old Rhianon's first show with BATS. "It was nerve racking at first when I had to sing 'Hopelessly Devoted to You' in front of everyone. But they've all been really supportive, especially Craig. It's just as well because we have to snog on stage!"

Rhianon certainly looks the part of shy Sandy but don't be fooled - she has a big competitive streak. "I'm a football fanatic! Last year I had a Reading season ticket and I've played since I was 9 for girls' teams, Basingstoke Colts and Tadley Calleva."

But football now takes a back seat for this Farnborough Sixth Form student who has her sights set on a performing career. "I can't picture doing anything else! I started singing, dancing and acting at Stagecoach Saturday school when I was five. I played Frenchy in BATS Next Gen's production of Grease last year."

Rhianon's loving the teamwork involved in bringing the fashions, slang and dance crazes of Rydell High School, 1959, to the stage. "We're all working hard to make Grease the best it can be. It should be a fantastic show!"

Grease runs for nine performances from Thurs 19th - Sat 28th November.