"Most people will have, at some point, in their lives seen the 1978 movie based on the musical," Lys said. "The main difference with the musical is that Sandy is not from Australia – but it still has all the popular tunes that everyone can bop along to.
"The challenge with this show is to do something different while maintaining the integrity of the original script and score. Grease has been done many times so you don't want to just end up with another version of the same thing.
"When people come to see Grease, they often have the movie front of mind so it's important to maintain a relevance to the film while having one or two moments in the show that are completely unique to this production."
A member of Roleystone Theatre since 1989, Lys directed her first play – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – as a 20-year-old in 1993. She has gone on to direct Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical and The Snow Queen and has been involved in a plethora of productions, either singing, dancing, acting or stage-managing.
"Rizzo is unapologetic about it and openly resents anyone she sees conforming to those expectations. She has a sexiness and powerful confidence about her that isn't necessarily part of my normal dorky personality, so finding a way to channel that without feeling like an idiot is a big challenge."
"I've loved Grease since first seeing the movie when I was about 10 – it's a classic and I always wanted to be Rizzo!" Erin said. "As a kid you either want to be Sandy or Rizzo, kind of like salt or pepper."