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8 QUESTIONS WITH Gretel Scarlett

Real-life Sandy stars in Grease

Actress Gretel Scarlett was a straight-A student who attended dancing and singing classes and never hung out with the bad kids

Published on Apr 28, 2014 6:23 PM

Australian musical theatre performer Gretel Scarlett says she is a real-life version of Sandy, the sheltered, good-girl character she plays in the musical Grease.

The show, which had its Broadway premiere in 1972 and inspired the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opened over the weekend at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

"I'm pretty much a real-life Sandy. I was the good girl growing up, I used to work very hard. I was that straight-A student, I went to dance classes, I went to singing classes," the 26-year-old tells Life! over the telephone.

"I never hung out with the bad kids at all."

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Where: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

When: Until May 18, Tueday to Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 and 8pm; Sunday, 1 and 5.30pm

Admission: $60, $85, $130 and $150 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to