Big lights, a big stage and some big roles - that's what audiences can expect when Encore Theatre's production of Grease opens at Launceston's Princess Theatre on Friday.
The smash hit musical first entered the theatre scene in Chicago 42 years ago and has been a much-loved favourite, especially after the 1978 movie featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
The challenge is, of course, to get it right.
It's not an issue, according to director David Quinn.
''I'm surrounded by happy and energetic people, it's heaps of fun,'' Quinn said.
He said the biggest issue was dealing with the storyline around the leading female role of Sandy.
''We've made her a strong and mature woman at the end of the show,'' Quinn said.
''Her role is an interesting topic to cover in the modern world, because she changes everything about herself for the guy that she wants.''
Leading lady Cassie Szabo plays Sandy - her biggest role with Encore Theatre.
''It's a bit of a step up from the last play we did, I think I was a spoon in that,'' Szabo said.
''I love Encore, everyone's very, very friendly and there's a lot of support.''
The role of Danny is played by James Harrison, who is also making headway with his acting career.
''I've just finished studying theatre at university, we'd normally do between 10 and 20 plays a year - nothing as big as this though,'' Harrison said.
''It's nice to be back at the Princess again.''
The play will launch into action on Friday night.
For more information: www.theatrenorth.com.au.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Grease, presented by Encore Theatre Company.
WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.
WHEN: From Friday, March 15, at 8pm, to Saturday, March 23.
BOOKINGS: Phone 6323 3666, go to the Princess Theatre box office or see www.theatrenorth.com.au.