Bear Grease: An Indigenous Reimagination of a Beloved Classic

Experience this Must-See Rendition of Grease at the NAC in October

October 3, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Get ready for a jaw-dropping, toe-tapping spectacle. From October 11 to 14, Bear Grease takes the 1978 musical Grease on an Indigenous joyride — with fashion that slays, humour that tickles your funny bone, and music that makes you groove. It's a rez makeover for the beloved characters, keeping the authenticity alive while adding a burst of cultural flair. 

Buckle up for an electrifying experience that celebrates Indigenous cultures and dances its way into your heart — Bear Grease is a one-of-a-kind adventure you don't want to miss. Crystle Lightning and MC RedCloud, renowned for their contributions to the music industry, have brought this captivating production to life.  

Originally premiering at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and since touring across Turtle Island, Bear Grease is known for tailoring each show to the communities they visit. They adopt last names and language for the show to personalize the message and stories of Bear Grease for each unique location. 

"We change the show just a bit," Lightning says. "For instance, if we're in Treaty 6 territory, in Cree territory, we'll infuse some Cree words to make it more meaningful for the audience." 

Bear Grease plans to wow audiences at the National Arts Centre with this innovative blend of genres and cultures, promising to create a mesmerizing and unforgettable theatrical experience.


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Indigenous Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the generous support of individuals and corporations from across the country. The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to acknowledge the support of The Slaight Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor BMO Financial Group, and Official Hotel Partner Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites. Thank you also to Meta, Presenting Partner of #ReconcileThis.


The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.



Ian Hobson 
Communications Strategist, NAC Indigenous Theatre  
National Arts Centre 
(343) 588-0742

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