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The Burger Palace Boys (Sean Gilbert as Doody, Nathan Anderson as Sonny, Jake Bergman as Kenickie, Carlos Ortega as Roger, and AJ Guertin as Danny). Photo credit: Jeff Kiessel

Dust off your leather jackets and get ready to pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959.

“Grease,” the musical, opens this Friday and will run for three consecutive weekends as a part of West Shore Community College’s 2017/2018 Performing Arts Series. Show dates are October 27, 28, November 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and October 29, November 5 and 12 at 2 p.m., in the college’s Center Stage Theater.

“Grease” follows love-struck bad-boy Danny and girl-next-door Sandy in a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. It’s the beloved rock n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars, and first loves all set in the fabulous 50s.

This all-new production will feature the irresistible songs from the Tony Award nominated Broadway show and hit movie, including, “We Go Together,”  “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and many more.

“’Grease’ is one of the best loved musicals out there,” said show director Michelle Kiessel. “I remember seeing it on WSCC’s stage back in 1998, when I was in high school, and it inspired me to audition for my high school musical the next fall. It was sold out and everyone had a fabulous time. I wanted to be a part of that. I hope giving this show another turn in our community will likewise inspire a future generation of actors, musicians, and theatergoers.”

Kiessel added, “We have assembled a fantastic, dedicated production team and wonderful cast of local theater veterans and talented newcomers that have all committed to putting on a top notch show that will be remembered for years to come.”

WMOM morning talk show host, AJ Guertin, will take on the lead role of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski will be played by the lead singer of local band “Awesome Distraction,” Chloe Pepera.  

WSCC veteran actor Marcelina Shriver takes on the coveted role of Rizzo, while newcomer to Center Stage Theater, but not a newcomer to the stage, Jacob Bergmann plays Kenickie.

Other Pink Ladies will be played by Veronica Surber, by way of California, as Marty and Katherine Catron as Jan.  

Local favorite Sean Gilbert fills the role of Burger Palace Boy, Doody, and WSCC student Carlos Ortega plays Roger, the self-proclaimed Mooning King of Rydell High.  

Vocal coach Elliot Plummer takes on dual roles as sleazy DJ, Vince Fontaine, and the Teen Angel.

Ted Malt, director of performing arts and professor of music studies adds, “We are excited about this year’s performing arts series and this three-week run of ‘Grease.’  We are anticipating a large audience due to the popularity of this show.”

Call the WSCC box office at 231-843-5507, or buy tickets HERE.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations