Grease

Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics By
JIM JACOBS and WARREN CASEY
Grease is presented with permission from
Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th Street,
New York, NY 10010

Directed by
Jason Zanitsch
Musical Direction by
Brian Victor
Choreography by
Caitlin Osborne
Scenic Designer
Anne Thompson
Costume Designer
Deborah Osborne
Technical Director
Alexa Krepps
Lighting Designer
Jason Zanitsch
Stage Manager
Erin Albrecht
Apprentice Coordinator
William C. Mulberger

                                        ABOUT THE MUSICAL
Rydell High is arguably the best-known high school in America. It is located
in the center of Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s vastly popular musical,
Grease. Although produced in the 1970’s, Grease is a nostalgic look back to
the Eisenhower Era – no Vietnam, no political assassinations, no hard rock.
It’s a time when teenage boys wore ducktail hairdos and T-shirts with
cigarette packs in rolled-up sleeves and teenage girls wore beehive hairdos
and pedal pushers. The music is a gentle spoof of the music of Bill Haley
and Buddy Holly. Actually, as Casey explained, “Grease is not really a
spoof of the 50s, but rather a spoof of the sentiments of the period. You
know, when the biggest tragedies in your life would have been to have rain
on prom night or to be alone at a drive-in.”What strikes on today about Grease is its innocence. To be sure, there is a lot
of vulgar language and talk about sex, but Rizzo’s possible pregnancy not
withstanding, it’s mostly talk. There’s talk of a rumble, but it never comes
off. One boy bares his bottom in public but offstage. There are no drugs, no
drug-sniffing dogs, no police roaming Rydell’s halls, no metal detectors in
school, no racial tensions, and no loners with hit lists.Grease begins as a reunion of Rydell High’s Class of ’59. But the only two
alums identified in the first scene are the class valedictorian and the school
cheerleader, neither a member of the Burger Palace Boys of the Pink Ladies.
What happened to the others? Did they not graduate? Did they not attend the
reunion? Did they slip into the background? Or is there no life for them
after Rydell High? Perhaps if we returned to the school cafeteria, the High
School Hop, the Burger Palace or the Twi-Light Drive-In, we would find
Rizzo and Sandy, Kenickie and Danny, and all their friends, “all choked up”,
arms around each other, singing, “Chang chang-a changitty-chang shoo-bop
– We’ll always be together!”


Richard Gidez for SCCT

Performed June 23-26,  29-30, July 1-3, and  6-10, 2004

THE CAST
Danny……………………….. Christopher Michael Gibbons
Sandy…………………………………………………. Kelsey Lope
The Pink Ladies
Rizzo……………………………………………. Katie Kensinger
Frenchy…………………………………………. Abigail Beddall
Marty……………………………………… Adrianna Shembell
Jan…………………………………………… Courtney Kaufman

The Burger Palace Boys
Kenickie……………………………………………… Andrew Yearick
Doody……………………………………………………… Brett P. Keith
Roger………………………………………………………. Ken Wozetek
Sonny…………………………………………………..J.Thomas Pogue

Patty………………………………………………….. Christina Mazur
Cha-Cha……………………………………………………. Keely Byrne
Eugene…………………………………………………. Jonathan Bojan
Vince Fontaine…………………………………………. Len Codispot
Johnny Casino…………………………………………. Topher Yorks
Teen Angel………………………………………………. Brett P. Keith
Miss Lynch………………………………. Patricia Young-Pochyba

Ensemble

Katie Brown as Judy
Andy Kankey as Simon McGuffy
Amanda Memoli as Cheri Lynn
Jason Meyer as Jack Bernard
Will Mills as Tom O’Neil
Leah Mueller as Michelle Wright
Sammantha Mullen as Madison Botts
Laura Snyder as Violet Paige