ATTICA - Seneca East High School is breaking out the petticoats and bobby socks, leather jackets and black sneakers for this weekend's production of "Grease." The musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey is to have four performances: 2 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, all in the school cafetorium.
Return to Rydell High School as members of the class of 1959 cheer on their teams, dance at the high school hop, hang out, listen to rock 'n' roll radio shows, fall in love and face challenges about their future. Woven into the entertaining scenes are references to more serious issues such as bullying, gang violence, teen pregnancy, friendship and fitting in while maintaining individuality.
The action centers around Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, portrayed by Michayla Stallings and Ben Frankart, respectively.
PHOTO BY ROB LEDWEDGE
Ben Frankart portrays Danny Zuko
in this weekend’s production of “Grease” at Seneca East High School.
After a summer romance, Danny is surprised when Sandy turns up as a new student at school. Although Danny has feelings for her, she seems too proper for his tougher friends, the Burger Palace Boys.
Cast as the gang members are Riley Wagner, Marshall Lucius, Seth Marlin and Keifer Walker. Their female counterparts, the Pink Ladies, are played by Courtney Phillips, Jaclyn Willman, Alexx Schwalenberg and Katie Frankart.
Leah Miller is cast as teacher Miss Lynch and Garrett Clark is radio personality Vince Fontaine. In the roles of other students are Sierra Hunter, Jacob Render and Paityn Caudill.
The chorus includes Michelle Miller, Katrina Fell, Carmeil Ruffing, Alexis Hartzell, Alyson Groves, Mykala Ruffing, Addie Daniel. Sarah Shade, Theresa Barger, Emma Bordner, Leah Longbrake, Megan Watson, Katie Brown and William Sampson.
Some of the favorite songs from the show are "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'," "We Go Together," "Born to Hand Jive" and "Shakin' at the High School Hop." An apron around the 7-piece pit band brings the characters closer to the audience for some of the numbers.
Chris Slessman is directing with Diane Stallings as musical director.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and children. Call (419) 426-1861 for advance tickets. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.