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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

'Grease' musical to hit the stage this week


Star photo by David Martin

Grease is the word; Linzi Johnson sits while Julia Eaton toys with her hair as Kayla Gibson and Ali Dewey watch, The four performed in a dress rehearsal for "Grease: The Musical" at Green River High School Monday evening.

The ever-popular movie "Grease" will come to life in the form of a musical this week at the high school.

The Green River High School Theater Department is putting on "Grease" the musical Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the GRHS theater. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from the administration office ahead of time for $5 for students and seniors and $7 for general admission.

GRHS theater director Terrin Musbach said the production was adapted for the stage from the film by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The stage version was then adapted for school audiences.

"We are producing the school version of "Grease,'" Musbach said. "It is not rated, but is termed 'acceptable for all audiences' by Samuel French." 

One difference the audience will notice is some of the plot has changed since the stage version doesn't include a drag race.

"The GRHS musical directing team, Jill Carpenter, Leah Hoblit, Karen Feigel and myself, chose to produce this show because we felt that it would challenge our students, but that they could rise to the occasion," Musbach said.

"We also thought that the community would be excited about watching 'Grease' performed on our stage."

During the musical, audience members will hear some of their "Grease" favorites including, "Summer Nights," "Look at Me," "I'm Sandra Dee," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Born to Hand Jive," "Beauty School Dropout," and of course, "Grease Lightning." 

The group has been rehearsing since late January for two hours each evening on Mondays through Fridays.

As with any production of this size, challenges always arise. For the cast, designing and perfecting the choreography was one of those challenges.

"We have pulled our males from the tech crew to learn the dances and be in the show, so that has left the girls on crew to work without several of their colleagues, and left the boys to learn a lot of dancing," Musbach said. "They have been very supportive of one another, and all the deadlines have still been met."

The students who are part of the cast and crew work on everything together.

"It truly is their show, and the majority of the work the audience sees put forth has been designed, created and executed by the students," Musbach said.

"We are very proud of how hard they work to make this their show."

Those involved in the musical are learning hard work does pay off; and they cannot be afraid to take chances.

"In some ways, every production is the same, in that you get out what you put in.  But life is like that too, if we are willing to work hard and be vulnerable -- to put our ideas in front of people -- those skills transfer through other productions, but also throughout our lives," she said.


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