‘Grease’ is the word: Upper School musical takes the stage this weekend

Adelaide Winton '15, Staff Writer


This weekend, make sure to come to see the Upper School’s musical.  The cast will be performing Grease this weekend at five different times, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday, the cast will preform at 7:30pm, on Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm, and on Sunday at 11am and 12pm.

Diane Landis, the director of the musical, said, “I’ve had a great time. I’m really proud of this group of students. They have been working really hard learning all the material and polishing it.”

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey originally wrote the play, which follows a group of high school students in the 1950’s who struggle with relationships and friendships.

“Grease has been really fun because we all came to work together on the final project,” said Joe Owens ‘15 when he was asked about his experience working on the play. “We have all been like a family.”

When asked the same question, Lauren Rondestvedt ’14 said, “it has been so fun to work with the cast because it is such a great group of people. We have had a lot of fun; it should be a great show.”

Amelia Williams ’12 said, “the musical is really great and has a lot of talented people. It is a really good show [and] especially because I am a senior, it is a really good last show to do.”

The show is filled with singing and dancing to some of the greatest music around. The show features Megan Olson ’14, playing Sandy, and Charlie Haakenson ’13, playing Danny. The Burger Palace Boys include Thomas McManus ‘13, George Vojta ‘13, Adam Denoyer ‘13 and Jonah Sandy ‘14 along with Danny; the Pink Ladies include Ryann Whitely ‘13, Amelia Williams ‘12, Jamieson Werling ‘13, and Kaeli Patchen ‘14 alongside Sandy.

The actors are accompanied by a group of musicians backstage, led Brian Olsen. Chorus teacher Carrie Enstad lead the singing as vocal director while technical director Chris Johnson took charge of the goings on of the MacMillan Performing Arts Center at the Blake campus, where the production is staged. The show also features choreography by Linda Talcott-Lee.

Sebastian Moller ’15 said, “the musical has been really fun, everyone has worked really hard, and I hope you enjoy it!”

The show’s online tickets are all sold out, student tickets are available during lunch today, but hurry because tickets are going fast! Some extra tickets also may be available upon arrival before showtimes. Grease may not be appropriate for younger children due to some mature content.

Judging by cast members’ performance of “Greased Lightning” for the preview at Tuesday’s assembly, Grease should be a remarkable, talent-filled production.