Set & Lighting Design
Miss Lynch……...Heidi Dysinger
Patty Simcox….Rachelle Preston
Vince Fontain……Jordan Pearce
Teen Angel……..Mike Schmader
Johnny Casino....Randy Hamilton
Eugene Florczyk...Aaron Renner
Cha-Cha DiGregori.....Pam Wood
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August 2 – 11, 2001
Grease... is the word
When Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey first presented the show (for an experimental theatre in a converted trolley barn) they thought it would appeal to a half dozen people and run for about three performances. The show was held over for 8 months. It moved to Broadway in 1973. The story began as a personal play, about people with whom they grew up, and was based on their own memories. They wanted to show the stereotypes—and dramatize how we form perceptions of other people.
We begin at a class reunion. Members of the Rydell High Class of ’59 have gathered to celebrate, sing and hear from the class valedictorian, Eugene Florczyk. Soon enough, the event is interrupted by a group of alumni not represented at the reunion, “The Greasers.” As they take over the stage they sing a parody of the “Rydell Alma Mater” and we are transported back to 1959.
In the high school cafeteria we meet “The Pink Ladies,” as Jan, Marty, Rizzo and Frenchy make friends with Sandy, a new arrival at Rydell. On the other side of the school we find The “T-birds,” where Doody, Sonny, Roger, Kenickie and Danny discuss the previous summer’s activities. As both groups burst into “Summer Nights,” we hear a very different version of the same story from Danny and Sandy. When Rizzo reintroduces Sandy to Danny, his cool demeanor in front of his friends leaves Sandy wondering what happened to the guy she dated. In the high school hallway, Doody shows off his (less than impressive) skill on his new guitar. While his friends fain their enthusiasm, we are transported into his dream of teen idol, and the hallway is filled with his adoring fans for “Those Magic Changes.”
Later, at a sleep over at Marty’s house, we see the girls initiate Sandy into their group as they offer her ciggies and cheap wine. Marty breaks into song, “Freddy, My Love,” as she shares that she is engaged to a Marine. As the girls fall asleep one by one, Rizzo sneaks out the window for a late night rendezvous. Kenickie has a car, and the boys join in “Greased Lightening” as he describes how he will transform his new set of wheels into a dream machine.
Later in the park, the guys and girls are hanging out and discussing the upcoming dance. As Roger begins to fall for Jan, he sings “Mooning” as a testament of his love. When Sandy shows up with Eugene, Danny insists she means nothing to him and Rizzo mocks Sandy’s image with “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee.” As Sandy runs off in tears, Danny asks Rizzo to the dance, Roger asks Jan, and Doody almost asks Frenchy.
As Act Two begins, we’re at the high school dance and “Shakin’ at the High School Hop” begins the action. But as we see Sandy in her bedroom, “It’s Raining on Prom Night” lets us know she won’t be attending the dance. During the big dance contest, “Born to Hand-Jive,” Danny wins while dancing with Cha-Cha DiGregorio (Kenickie’s date). But his victory feels empty, and he exits leaving Cha-Cha holding their trophy.
A few days later in front of The Burger Palace we see Frenchy, looking intently at a “Help-Wanted” sign in the window. When the T-birds show up they announce they’re going to “rumble” with the Flaming Dukes. Danny runs up in a track suit; it’s apparent he’s trying to impress someone and won’t be joining them for a “rumble.” As the boys head into the restaurant, Frenchy bemoans the fact that she has dropped out of beauty school. When she longs for a Guardian Angel, we are whisked into her dream as a Teen Angel sings “Beauty School Drop-Out,” surrounded by a bevy of beauty school Doo-wah singers.
Meanwhile, at the local drive-in, Danny and Sandy try to make up. When Danny gets too friendly Sandy walks out on him, “Alone at a Drive-In Movie.” Later, at a party in Jan’s basement, Danny is noticeably missing. Roger sings with Doody and Jan “Rock ‘n Roll Party Queen.” When the news leaks out that Rizzo might be pregnant, Kenickie’s awkward attempt at taking responsibility breaks up the party fast. With only Sandy and Rizzo left, “There are Worse Things I Could Do” shows Rizzo’s resilience in the face of heartbreak. Sandy realizes that she can shed her “Sandra Dee” image and with Frenchy’s help, start anew.
At the burger palace we see the T-birds, minus Danny, paling around. We learn that Danny has quit the track team. When Danny arrives he assures the guys of his loyalty. As the Pink Ladies arrive, we see Sandy enter with a new hair style, black leather skin tight clothes and a new attitude. She is a Greaser “Dream Girl.” Danny is “All Choked Up,” and they quickly resolve their differences. We learn Rizzo isn’t pregnant and the gang is complete, “We Go Together.”
Grease celebrates the music of the 50’s, as every plot twist is just another excuse to burst into song. The movie adaptation, at one time the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, is easily the most successful movie musical. Audiences all over the world continue to experience the excitement of this “blast from the past” musical.