February 2, 2012 • Ashley Dammeyer
Filed under Arts and Entertainment
This year’s choice for the musical was Grease, and it would be an understatement if I said our school and the community was excited for it to open on February 2nd. Everyone from students to alumni and teachers, even parents, are impatiently waiting for it to open. Who wouldn’t be after the amazing sneak peak we got at the Jr. Prom assembly?
Grease is a play that opened in 1971 at the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago directed by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. It’s about 10 working-class teenagers as they experience teenage life in and out of school at Rydell High, going through love, the obsessions with cars and drive ins, all based in 1959. When it closed in 1980, it had the longest run yet in Broadway history, ending with 3,388 performances. Over the years it has been made into a movie and has been a Broadway revival twice, in 1994 and 2007. Grease is currently the 13th longest running show on Broadway.
Everyone has put a lot of hard work and effort into making sure that this turns out to be one of the best plays Woods Cross has seen in years. For the students in the play, it’s not just about acting and getting a lead, it’s about being a part of something that can make parents, our school, and our community proud of what they have accomplished.
Although everyone is focused on the play being great, you cannot officially appreciate the dedication of everyone that has helped without knowing the amount of time and effort put into this production. Countless months of after school practices (5 days a week, 3-9 o’clock) and practicing on weekends and breaks (11 am- 11pm) have paid off, even if it was a long haul to get us to this stage. They spend hours rehearsing the same parts over and over until it’s up to par, paint and repaint until pieces look just right, rebuild until they are presentable to an audience, and dancing until they have blisters to perfect their moves for the show. In a production like this, there is no room for laziness and lack of effort, they have to give it their all and strive for the best.
In a production like this, ‘everybody is a somebody’, just like the saying goes. Even if they have the smallest part without any lines, they are accepted as a part of the family that has been created here. The play opens on February 2nd and runs until February 14th, so go and get your tickets today before there aren’t any left!
Tickets: $5 for the outer seats, $8 for the middle.
February 2nd: 7:00 pm February 6th: 7:00 pm February 11th: 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm
February 3rd: 7:00 pm February 9th: 7:00 pm February 13th: 7:00 pm
February 4th: 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm February 10th:7:00 pm February 14th: 7:00 pm