GREASE is the word at a rural school next month and audiences could be forgiven if they think they are seeing double when the production is staged.

Such was the popularity of the show among pupils at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, two sets of actresses were picked for the female speaking parts.

The school is staging four performances of Grease, based on the hit 1970s movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, with each female cast taking part in two.

The school's director of arts and design David Ferrari said the cast would feature 70 pupils altogether – more than ten per cent of the school's roll.

More pupils will play in the band providing the soundtrack to the production while others will be responsible for the sound and lights.

Mr Ferrari said: “We do a whole school show once a year and we always want our shows to be as inclusive as possible.

“With two sets of female speaking parts, we had to toss a coin to decide who was performing on which nights.”

He added: “All the lighting and sound is being done by students as part of their exam courses in drama and music technology. Everyone has been working very hard since October.”

Public performances take place on Wednesday, March 13, Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, at 7.30pm.

A matinee on the Wednesday afternoon will be performed for pupils from feeder schools.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 4, and will be available from the school, telephone 01833 638166.