Three performances remain for the Old Courthouse Youth Theatre production of “Grease: School Version”
In 2012, Concord’s Old Courthouse Theatre surveyed its audiences, asking them to pick two musicals and three plays they would like to see. When the programming committee learned “Grease” was the No. 1 musical, it was decided to let the Youth Theatre produce “Grease: School Version.”
Jonathan Ewart, vice president of the theater’s executive board of directors, volunteered to direct the play, naming Stephanie Campbell musical director and Katie Culp choreographer.
A cast of 30, ranging in age from 13 to 18, was selected from Cabarrus, Rowan and Stanley counties, with auditions April 14-15. Practices began April 21; nightly rehearsals led up to the June 21 opening night.
Ewart, having worked with only eight of the actors before, said he had a good mix of newcomers and veterans who came together like a fine-tuned machine under his direction.
“I am very confident that this will be an amazing show. I can’t wait for the community to see these kids perform” he said.
Set in Chicago in 1959, the musical tells the story of Danny Zuko, played by Logan Foster, and Sandy Dumbrowski, played by Emily Absher, exploring the differences between a summer vacation romance and a home town high school love. The story follows the teens as they try to fit into each other’s worlds while struggling with everyday high school issues.
The difference between “Grease: School Version” and the original is that profanity and references to subjects unsuitable for children have been removed. Some songs lyrics were changed, and since the character Rizzo’s pregnancy scare was eliminated, so was the song: “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”
Child-friendly changes in place, the musical still captures the fun-loving spirit with rock ’n’ roll music equated with the original “Grease.” If you missed the first two performances, you still have three opportunities to attend a show.
Performances will be at The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. Matinee performances are 2:30 p.m. June 23 and 30, with the remaining evening performance 7:30 p.m. June 29.
Tickets are $10 each for general seating; order by phone at 704-788-2405. For information on the Old Courthouse Youth Theatre, including the complete cast list, go to www.oldcourthousetheatre.org/OCYT2.htm .
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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