'Grease' arrives on the Estacada stage
Members of the Estacada High School Creative Arts Department will take audiences back to the 1950s.
The school's production of "Grease" runs from Thursday to Saturday, Jan. 27-29, with performances at 7 p.m. each night and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 12 and younger.
Estacada High School theatre teacher Jordan Collins said the department wanted to produce the show last year, but had difficulty getting the streaming rights since the show was being held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Grease" follows the story of Sandy (Olivia Davidson), who's just moved to town, and Danny (Andrew Riedel), the school's coolest greaser.
The pair have a secret summertime romance, but when school begins, everything is different. Sandy attempts to catch Danny's attention again, but Danny is focused on maintaining his tough-guy reputation as leader of the Burger Palace Boys (Gavin Rex, Zachary Austin, Josh Thao, and Trey Shibahara). In the end, the Pink Ladies (Ava Shibahara, Ayla Zallee, Breanna Ruiz, Tommy O'Neill, and Kyra Milliken) help Sandy win back Danny.
Estacada's cast also includes Dylann Park as Patty, Lliam Baird as Vince Fontaine, Amaya Reyes as Miss Lynch, Isaiah Watkins as Eugene Florczyk, Natalie Hunt as radio voice and Ashlee Alderman, Nedra Baird, Danica Beguelin, Jocelyn Clark, Jasmine Fairchild, Sophia Griffith, Alexis Guarnieri, Emily Hall, Lilyanna Harriot, Anai Morales, Karina Richards, Alea Wagner, and Desirae Yang as Burger Palace Boys/Students.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, "Grease" premiered in 1971 in Chicago and on Broadway the following year. The story was adapted as a movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in 1978, and a live television special premiered in 2016.
Collins said she and musical director Rendell Frunk selected the show to give many students the opportunity to shine.
"We have a large group of really talented students," she said. "We wanted to showcase as many of them as possible, and 'Grease' lends itself to that."
The cast, which also includes students from Estacada Middle School, began after school rehearsals at the beginning of January.
"It's great to see everything come together," Collins said. "Students can see the set and really get into character."
She added that some students really fit into the roles they play.
"A lot of the greasers are big goofballs, so it's fun to let them be themselves," she said.
Collins said "Grease" is one of her favorite musicals. Her favorite song is "Magic Changes," and her favorite scene is the dance number in front of the school.
"It's really huge and fast paced," she said.
Collins appreciates that "Grease" appeals to a wide array of audiences.
"'Grease' has always been around, and the songs have always permeated our society and culture," she said. "It will bridge generational gaps, and everyone can enjoy it."
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