The poodle skirts, ponytails, slicked hair with handy back-pocket combs and drive-in ready convertibles are back—at least on stage at Bear River High. “Grease-The School Edition” opened last Friday and is set for three more nights.
“This edited version of the original features all the beloved hits from ‘Grease,’” drama coach Bradley Skinner said, “but the content has been changed to make this show suitable for the entire family.”
Leads Krissy Nichols and Nick Summers play Danny and Sandy. Both are strong vocalists and dancers. As a whole the group of actors are cast well. Other leading male roles are Micah Roberts, Kenickie; Jordan Conrad, Doody; Jared Thompson, Roger and Jake Rudd as Sonny. The Pink Ladies are Vanessa Loveland, Rizzo; Rikki Robbins, Marty; Anna Evans, Frenchy and Catherine Evans, Jan.
The dance scenes are fun and, along with the solos, are strong facets of the performance. Obviously, a quality sound system would really help the soloists project better, but the Garland Women’s Civic Club is working to provide the auditorium with sound upgrades.
Some of the song highlights are “Greased Lightening,” which features an amazing on-stage transformation of a cool convertible and “Hand Jive” is a really lively dance scene. The T-birds really mix things up with a unique long-handled plunger version of “Those Magic Changes,” with Conrad as lead vocalist and his guitar accompaniment.
Andrew Deakin keeps things fun with his Eugene role and Sarah Wight plays a very peppy Patty. Shameless advertisements for local hot spots are peppered throughout the play and an impromptu competition during intermission is sure to entertain the crowd.
The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. Tickets can be purchased online at showtix4u.com or at the door.