WMHS production of Grease opens Thursday

SUBMITTED PHOTO Kenickie (Ian Class) leads his fellow "greasers" in a rousing musical tribute to his new hot-rod car, "Greased Lighting” during a recent rehearsal for Watertown-Mayer High School’s upcoming production of Grease.

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Kenickie (Ian Class) leads his fellow “greasers” in a rousing musical tribute to his new hot-rod car, “Greased Lighting” during a recent rehearsal for Watertown-Mayer High School’s upcoming production of Grease.

Performances of the Watertown-Mayer High School production of “Grease” open tonight (Thursday) with a three-day run, Nov 15-17, at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door, and cost $4 for students and $6 for adults.

The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of the teen-age years. It’s a flashback to ‘50’s Rock and Roll, with a spirited class of hub-cap stealing, hot rod loving boys and their wise-cracking girls. When wholesome good girl Sandy (Lyndzi Durkin) and greaser renegade Danny (Josh Loomis) fall in love over the summer, they never expect to see each other again, but when they both discover that they’re now attending the same high school, social differences challenge their romance. While they work to resolve their mutual attraction, the greasers, pink ladies, and the whole gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace, and the drive-in movie.

Leading the cast are Lyndzi Durkin as Sandy, Josh Loomis as Danny, Ian Klas as Keneckie, and Sarah Soley as Rizzo. The “Greasers” are Jeremy Nickunen – Roger, Tristan Gens – Doody, and Aaron Sweeney  – Sonny. “Pink ladies” include Ana Alexander – Jan, Kathryn Jorgenson – Marty, and Brigit Larkin – Frenchy. Rounding out the cast are Liz Vouk – Miss Lynch, Meagan Campbell – Patty, Kira Hazelbaker -Cha Cha, Joe Reinert – Eugene, Jack Delluge – Johnny Casino, Jonathan Vouk – Teen Angel, Jay Boerner – Vince Fontaine, and chorus members Grace Filek, Michael Herzog, Jeremy Hipolito, Morgan Windsperger, Emalee Mader, Hannah Kroeger, Zoe Clark, Rebecca Czech, Olivia Cardel, and Amanda Anthonson. Instrumentalists include Caleb Farber, Isaac Vraspir, Alex Oas, Anna Phearman, and Katie Hillman.

The production is directed by Hannah Rosholt, artistic director; Shirlee Gilmore, music director; and Joyce Peterson, scene and costume manager.

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