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Behind the Scenes of Grease with Lizzie Rees

By DavidMonday 10th October 2016

We’ve gone behind the scenes at our hit show, Grease, to interview a few cast members. Our third interview is with Lizzie Rees, AKA Frenchy.

1 Entertainment is an important part of the Royal Caribbean experience and we have a long history of putting on some of the best shows on the seas. Just one of the shows from our enviable entertainment programme is the tale of two lovebirds: Grease. This Broadway-style musical is an undisputed crowd-pleaser, so we decided to go behind the scenes to interview a few of the cast members. Our third interview is with Lizzie Rees, who plays Frenchy.

1. What did you want to be when you were little?

Well, it was a toss-up between being a nurse or a popstar, but I soon found that I hated the sight of blood. So I went down the more creative, performance route.

2. How did it feel to be selected as a cast member?

It felt amazing! I am so grateful to be part of such a fantastic show, with such a talented and supportive cast. It's a dream come true!

3. What's it like performing on a ship?

Surprisingly, it’s very similar to performing in a theatre on land. The Alhambra Theatre on Independence of the Seas is a beautiful venue, however, when the ship is moving, the stage can be a bit rocky!

4. How would you describe Grease to someone who's never seen it?

Grease is a fast-paced, high energy show with catchy songs and electric dance routines. Set in the 1950s, it tells a story of romance, friendship and teenage school life. The show is very funny with some lovely tender moments.

5. What do you love about this show?

I love how happy the show makes me feel! From the opening number to the finale, I have a smile on my face. The music is so upbeat that you won't be able to stop tapping your feet along with it. Also, the way the show looks, from the costumes to the set designs, is fantastic. You can't help but love it.

6. If you could play another character from the show, who would it be and why?

It would be great to play Rizzo because she’s the leader of the gang and There Are Worse Things I Could Do is one of my favourite songs, Rizzo is so different from my character (Frenchy), so it would be fun to give the role a try.

7. What's your favourite song and why?

My favourite song is Born To Hand Jive. It's a highlight of the show and it always gets the audience buzzing. Plus, I get to wear one of my favourite costumes.

8. Who will love this show?

The great thing about Grease is that all ages will enjoy it. It’s fun for the whole family.

9. How do you spend your days off when you're at sea?

I really enjoy going up to deck 11 and taking a stroll round the running track. I love looking out and seeing nothing but water – it's very calming.

10. Which destinations are you most looking forward to visiting?

I can't wait to go to the Caribbean, in particular, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. I love the Mediterranean as well, especially Spain and the Canary Islands, but I'm definitely most excited about the Caribbean.

See Grease onboard

Book your spot on Harmony of the Seas or Independence of the Seas to see this amazing show in action.

Last month, we went Behind the Scenes with Bradley Judge (Sonny). Before that, we went Behind the Scenes with Louise Willoughby (Jan).

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