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New TV series brings row of gorgeous 1950s cars to New Westminster

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is a prequel that explores the origin of the Pink Ladies, a clique of high school girls made famous in the original 1978 Grease movie.
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A line of 1950s vintage cars were parked along 10th Avenue in New Westminster Wednesday morning for the filming of a new TV series.

Commuters on 10th Avenue in New Westminster got to experience a little unexpected time travel this morning thanks to a new TV series filming in the area.

A row of shiny 1950s cars lined 10th Avenue for nearly a full block between Massey and Chilliwack streets.

A man who appeared to be keeping an eye on the vehicles told the Record the cars were there for the filming of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, a prequel to the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

The 10-part series, which will stream on Paramount+ in the U.S. later this year, supplies an origin story for the movie’s Pink Ladies, a clique of high school girls made famous by Stockard Channing and Didi Conn in their roles as Rizzo and Frenchy respectively.

The series will be set four years before the events that play out in the original movie, which is set in 1958.

“Before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up, outcasts dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever,” states an official description.

According to posts on the YVRShoots Twitter page, Vancouver Technical Secondary School will be playing Rydell High in the series.

The series stars Madison Thompson, Jackie Hoffman and Marisa Davila.

It was created Annabel Oakes and is being directed by Alethea Jones.

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