‘Summer Lovin’ comes to South Park
FAIRPLAY – Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay, and South Park High School proves it with a presentation of “Grease.”The hopeless devotion, ramma-lamma-lamma-ka-dinga-da-dinga-dong togetherness and greased lightnin’ of the musical about 1950s high school life runs at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the Cafetorium of South Park High School in Fairplay.The story revolves around Danny and Sandy, two lovebirds who meet during summer break before senior year. Sandy’s a goody-two-shoes who moves from Australia to Ridell High – much to Danny’s surprise. And, much to her surprise, the tender heartthrob she met on the beach has turned into a greased hair, black-leather-jacket-wearing thug. Spirited songs take audiences back to high school, when friends rallied ’round to nudge true love to blossom.
The students at South Park chose the musical after taking a full semester chorus and drama class. The workshop-oriented class was the first of its kind at South Park; in the past, students auditioned for spring shows, but last year, the school didn’t produce a show because it ran into problems with time commitments from students. The new class allowed students to focus on different aspects of theatrical production – from choreography and costumes to lighting and ticket design.The result? A strong, high-energy and fast-paced show filled with plenty of dance, song and comedy, said co-director George Mossman.Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Friday’s show offers a special dinner theater, which begins at 6 p.m. and costs $15. There also will be a pie auction at intermission to support the high school’s theater arts. Tickets are available at the door. So, in the slightly altered words of Principal McGee, “If you can’t be a (student), be a (student) supporter” by heading over to South-Park-turned-Ridell High. (In case it’s been awhile, we’ve replaced “student” for “athlete.”)
By the way, unlike the 1978 movie, “Grease,” the school production tones down the sexual references but still keeps the laughter rolling.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.”Grease” is the word
What: “Grease”When: 7 p.m. today, Friday and SaturdayWhere: South Park High SchoolTickets: $6 for adults; $4 for childrenSpecial dinner theater: 6 p.m. Friday; tickets are $15
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