Grease – Cast Q&A – Rizzo

Grease – Cast Q&A – Rizzo

1 May 2019

Name: Macy Coffin
Year: 13
House: Harington

Which character do you play?
I play Betty Rizzo.

In a sentence or two, sum up who your character is in the context of the story:
She is the tough (but oh-so-vulnerable) and sarcastic leader of the Pink Ladies. Rizzo is a person who on the outside does not seem to care what others think of her. Rizzo is also a girl with a "reputation".

What do you like most about playing this character?
I enjoy playing this character as it is unlike any part I have played before.

Have there been any challenges taking on this role?
One thing I have found a challenge is the accent and perfecting the character. It is a well known part and demands a style which the audience can recognise.

Grease is best known for its catchy musical tunes, do you have a favourite song?
I really enjoy, We Go Together and Grease. These are both fun catchy songs and all of the cast gets involved!

If you were a high school student in the 1950s, which Grease character would you most relate to?
I think I do identify with Rizzo the most. She is a strong-minded character with a loyal group of friends she can fall back on.

Is this your first stage show/musical or have you performed before?
The 2019 St Paul’s production of Grease will be my sixth show. I have been in a wide variety of stage shows before this, including playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and being in Jekyll and Hyde, while at St Paul’s. At previous schools, I was in Fiddler on the Roof, Me and My Girl and Annie Get Your Gun.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/singer/performer)?
I look up to performers such as Sutton Foster, who has been in shows such as, Anything Goes, Shrek the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Laura Osnes who has been in shows such as, Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde and Grease.

Do you have plans to continue with any performing once you leave school?
Currently, I have no plans to continue with performing when I leave school. Although, it is a huge passion of mine, so no doubt I will find some way to continue performing.

Is there anything additional you would like to share about your experience so far being involved in this year’s school production?
Thank you to the teachers and other staff involved in the show this year! It would not be possible without you guys and we all appreciate it so much more than words can express.

GREASE hits the stage at Southwell School Performing Arts Centre June 30 – July 4.

Snap up your tickets here.