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Lincoln Community High School presents 'Grease'

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[May 08, 2007]  Take a nostalgic trip back in time to the fabulous '50s as the Lincoln Community High School Fine Arts Department presents the musical "Grease" Thursday through Sunday in the LCHS auditorium. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Featuring such memorable songs as "Summer Nights," "We Go Together," "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" and "Greased Lightning," the musical has attracted renewed interest in conjunction with the recent NBC television series, "Grease: You're the One That I Want."

The original Broadway production of "Grease" opened in 1972 and ran almost eight years, with over 3,000 performances. In 1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in a feature film adaptation of the play. A Broadway revival played from 1994 to 1998.

"Grease" takes its name from the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture, the greasers, and revolves around the goings-on at raucous Rydell High School.

The story centers around the problems of mutual attraction between the hip leader of the Burger Palace Boys, Danny Zuko, and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski, who is taken under the collective wing of their sassy female equivalents, the Pink Ladies. The cast sings and dances its way through such memorable scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.

Cast members are Rebecca Kasa as Miss Lynch, Kaylyn Engelhardt as Patty Simcox, Degan Gregory as Eugene Florczyk, Lorenda Kirby as Jan, Kelly Knecht as Marty, Rachelle Shuff as Betty Rizzo, Ryan Brown as Doody, Andrew Kleinman as Roger, Mikel Frost as Kenickie, Lincoln Moore as Sonny LaTierri, Jaci Gandenberger as Frenchy, Annie Sheley as Sandy Dumbrowski, Tony Curcuru as Danny Zuko, Todd Schumacher as Vince Fontaine, Caleb Sutton as Johnny Casino and Teen Angel, and Sabra Boyd as Cha-Cha DiGregorio.

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Cast members serving as dancers and Rydell students are Arielle Alley, Kelli Brooks, Blair Bruns, Bryan Clutter, Paul Disney, Jordan Gallagher, Katie Gosda, Thomas Hackett, Rebecca Kasa, Leandro Moraut, Kathryn Opperman, Shakinah Pelc, Betsy Ramlow, Brittany Reves, Katy Reynolds, Raeann Sheley and Karolyn White.

Other members of the cast portraying Rydell students are Jenny Caruthers, Emily Davis, Heather Goodwin, Felicia Jackson, Merideth Laurence, Kelsie Plummer, Hannah Snyder, Jairris Vermeire and Nikkita Zeidler.

Directors are Kim and Tom Quinn. Brittney McLaughlin is choreographer for the production, and Dave Swaar serves as orchestra director and set designer.

Tickets may be purchased at the door and cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens.

[Text from Lincoln Community High School news release]

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