SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Attention “Greasers” and “Pink Ladies”! The Lakeside High School Theater Company will perform the popular musical “Grease” in March. The original musical, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is based in the 1950s, and revolves around high school students attempting to navigate through school, love and even pregnancy. This show is guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and maybe even shed a tear.
This is not the first time the director Andrea Tredent has tackled the well-known musical. Having executed the performance once before, Tredent has chosen to revive it.
“I wanted to do a show that everyone loves, as well as involve more students,” Tredent said.
The extensive and intricate process of conceiving the show involves set and costume creation, as well as the technical aspects of lighting and sound. There is anything but a shortage of cast and crew, with more than 40 actors as well as the devoted stage department and pit orchestra.
The cast of “Grease” is hard at work preparing for the show. After auditioning in December, rehearsals began in January after winter break. However, due to the bitter Ohio winter, many practices had to be canceled because of the weather.
“We’ve had a lot of snow days, which means we’ve missed a lot of rehearsal,” said cast member Patrick Garrod. “But everyone is motivated to work twice as hard to make up for the lost time. We all work extremely hard, and it will pay off when our audience gives us a standing ovation!”
Other “Greasers” include Alex D’Andrea and Tyler Emerson as Danny Zuko; Sarah Altonen as Sandy Dumbrowski; John Mussig and Patrick Garrod as Kenickie; and Hannah Kent and Tessa Askew as Rizzo.
As with most musicals, Grease involves copious dance numbers. Cast members have spent entire rehearsals memorizing and practicing choreography. The intense routines seen in the show include the famous “Hand Jive,” complicated spins and kicks, and even some flips.