by Westview Theatre Company
Just like at any high school, there are lots of love stories at Rydell High, but the central one involves cool cat Danny Zuko, played by Tim Wazny who had a summer vacation fling with sweet thing Sandy Dumbrowski played with an authentic naiveté and great vocals by Rachel Pence. The story really begins when he discovers she has transferred to his school. Now each must decide how much they are willing to change their image to recapture the thrill of those "Summer Nights."
The Burger Palace Boys are represented well, including Josh Walden as Doody who shows off his nice falsetto during “Those Magic Changes.” Bill Wuehrmann as Doody brings strong vocals as he shares some great fun with Lauren Zinn as Jan during “Mooning.” But the hit of the evening was the big number, “Greased Lightning,” which featured Eugene Shtilkind as the ever-cool Kenickie. Great choreography by Betty King and a real greased lighting convertible made this a great centerpiece production number.
The Pink Ladies strutted their stuff with Megan Neubauer as Betty Rizzo who did an outstanding job with “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” and in the ballad “There are Worse Things I Could Do.” Rounding out the gals in pink were Annie Buell as Marty and a hilarious Jazzmine Farol as Frenchy.
Other fine performances came from Jason Nagata as a very suave Johnny Casino during “Born to Hand Jive” and Shawn McCombs as the smarmy Vince Fontaine.
Overall it was a great send off to Doug Smith who has given over three decades to Theatre Education. Aided by music director
Doreen McCarty who coaxed great harmonies from the cast, great set design by
John Wuehrmann, and nice costuming by Janet Pitcher, Grease proves “it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's what you do with your dancin' shoes.”
~ Cast ~
Miss Lynch: Kelly Myers
Director: Douglas C Smith
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