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April 30, 2014

Grease makes its way to Baldwin High School

MILLEDGEVILLE — Theater students at Baldwin High School will rock their way back in time to the 1950s in their musical performance of Grease.

The performance is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Baldwin Fine Arts Center.

Grease is a ‘50s rock ‘n roll musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that is set in the United States during 1959. Its name derives from the term ‘greasers’ which described a subculture of working-class teenagers of the era.

According to BHS theatre director Anna Brock the cast has been working on the musical since December.

“We held auditions right before Christmas and then actual rehearsals began in January,” Brock said.

Students began learning music and choreography first before moving to their lines. Choreographer Natalie King-Crews, whose background involves working with students, said that the students at Baldwin High comprised a hard working group.

“They are really fun and enthusiastic about learning their dances,” she said. “But they also took their work seriously.”

Starting early proved to be a great advantage, said Brock, because the cast ran into a delay early on. Rehearsals were held three days a week, but due to school closings in February because of inclement winter weather, some practices were cancelled.  

When choosing a production, Brock and musical director Kathy Carroll try to pick a performance piece that is the best fit for their theater and music students at the time.

“We’ve never done a show that has featured all teenage characters, and it gave our senior performers an opportunity to serve as role models to the ones who were experiencing their first performance,” said Brock.

She added one of the highlights of working on this particular musical was watching her core group of actors, predominantly seniors, step up to the plate and act as guides to the less experienced performers.

The musical is centered on the love affair of teenagers Danny Zuko, the leader of the “Burger Palace Boys” and Danny’s love interest, Sandy. Tevauri Mar-Shall and Olivia Pelton will portray these two lead roles.

Two main groups also star in the performance. They include the Pink Ladies — Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty and Jan; and the Burger Palace Boys — Kenickie, Doody, Sonny and Roger. Filing the roles of the Pink Ladies will be Elizabeth Harpe (Rizzo), Mary Helen Higgs (Frenchy), London Henry (Marty) and Chrissy Skinner (Jan). The Burger Palace Boys will be played by Ontario Williams (Kenickie), Landon Bell (Doody), Caldwell Pelton (Sonny) and David Wells (Roger).

What also makes this performance stand out among others is that one of Baldwin High’s own teachers will perform in the musical. English teacher Sandra Dimon will play the part of “old maid English teacher” Miss Lynch.

For more information visit www.baldwinhighschool.net/theatre or call 478-453-6429. Tickets are $7 for general admission and there will be no advance ticket sales.



 

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