NEW ALBANY – Hawks, Falcons, Urchins and Eagles have joined together to become T-Birds and Pink Ladies.
Students from four Union County high schools, Myrtle, Ingomar, East Union and West Union, auditioned for roles in the classic musical, “Grease.”
“The camaraderie is amazing,” said Clint Reid, director. “They’ve made friends across boundaries. “For the first couple of practices,
kids pretty much stayed with kids from their school,” he continued. “By the second week, you couldn’t tell who went to what school, unless you knew.”
Now, the students are focused on Rydell High School, where Danny, the king of the greasers, falls for Sandy, the new girl in town.
“Danny is really in love with Sandy, but he doesn’t want to express it in front of his friends,” said Kirk Fryar, 18, who plays Danny.
In the movie version of “Grease,” Sandy came to Rydell from Australia. In the original musical and in this production, she’s a Jersey girl who tries to fit in with a different group of people. “She’s new. She’s kind of shy, but she’s really sweet,” said Carol Coker, 14, who plays Sandy. “But later on, she gets a sassy side.”
The musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey features familiar songs from the movie, including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout” and “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee.”
Since this production is based on the musical, you’ll get to hear songs that were left out of the movie. “Some songs they know might not be in the same place,” Reid said. “’Sandra Dee’ is in a different scene, not the bedroom scene, the way most people remember it.”
Whatever the changes, audiences will walk into the theater and find Rydell High School, not Myrtle, Ingomar, East Union or West Union high schools.
“It’s ‘Grease.’ You grew up with this musical,” Coker said. “We’re putting it on, and I’ll be really happy if you come out and support us. It’s going to be great.”
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