WMHS, LHS host fall musicals

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY MATT BUNKE Mayer Lutheran students Marie Landkroener, Dustin Edmison and Emily Aarestad rehearse a scene Monday for their upcoming production of Oklahoma, which opens Friday.

STAFF PHOTO BY MATT BUNKE Mayer Lutheran students Marie Landkroener, Dustin Edmison and Emily Aarestad rehearse a scene Monday for their upcoming production of Oklahoma, which opens Friday.

Both Watertown-Mayer and Mayer Lutheran High School’s are hosting productions of their fall musical’s this weekend. Watertown-Mayer’s production of Grease opened Thursday and will continue Friday and Saturday. Mayer Lutheran’s production of Oklahoma opens Friday night and will continue Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Here is a closer look at each school’s production:

Watertown-Mayer:

Performances of the Watertown-Mayer High School production of “Grease” opened Thursday and will continue Friday and Saturday 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 Reinart – 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.

Mayer Lutheran:

All are invited to come and enjoy Mayer Lutheran High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma!

Performances will be on Friday, Nov. 16 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, Nov. 17 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, Nov. 18 (2:00 p.m.). Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students (free for MLHS students). Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Show synopsis: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly (Dustin Edmison), a handsome cowboy, and Laurey (Emily Aarrestad), a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

 

 

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