If you’re younger than 10 or have lived under a rock for the past 44 years, you may be one of the few humans left on Earth who hasn’t heard of the hit musical Grease.
Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows Rydell High’s senior class of 1959–the infamous T-Birds and their colorful Pink Ladies–as they navigate the ups and downs of growing up in the 50s. After an eight-year run on Broadway, two subsequent revivals, and incalculable school and community productions, Grease has become one of the world’s most popular musicals. From April 15 through 17, the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department will hand-jive their hearts out as Nazareth become one of the many colleges to take on the show.
Due to extraordinary circumstances, the department’s first pick for head “greaser” Danny Zuko is unable to perform, so NYC-based director and choreographer Lori Leshner has brought in recent Elon University graduate Joe Bach to play the part. The unconventionality in collegiate casting doesn’t stop with Bach: four freshmen have taken on principle roles and two non-majors have been cast in the ensemble.
Kaitie Buckert, a freshman musical theatre major, will make her college debut as female lead Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl at Rydell who shares a romantic past with Danny. “I thought it was a fake cast list because I was in such shock after seeing it,” Buckert laughs. “But in all honesty, I’m really honored and excited to be doing it. This is actually the first show I’ve done where I’m in high school, so playing someone who is close in age is pretty cool.”
Featuring famous songs like “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” and more, Grease is sure to have you dancing in your seat. And with a diverse cast like this, you will not want to miss out on Leshner’s fresh take on the classic musical. As Buckert puts it, “you cannot go wrong with Grease!”
Nazareth’s production will run for one weekend only, April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and April 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $10 for Naz faculty/staff and FREE for students with a Naz ID. Purchase at the Nazareth Arts Center box office during regular hours (and before each show): online or by calling 585-389-2170.
Photo: Alex Anthony