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Marquette High School Grease

By • Nov 23rd, 2011 • Category: Cappies

Grease is the Word!

With an evening full of cool cars, hula hoops, poodle skirts, and Greased Lightning, Grease was the word at Marquette High School last Friday night. Grease, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, was first performed in 1971 in a small theatre in Chicago. The following year it moved to Broadway, and by the time it left the famous stage, it had gained the reputation as the longest-running show in Broadway’s history so far. Since, it has been adapted into an enormously successful film and two audience-pleasing Broadway revivals.

At the beginning of Grease, it’s the first day of school for the students of Rydell High. Sandra Dumbrowski, the timid new girl, reminisces about her wonderful summer she spent on the beach and the dreamy guy she met there. Soon she finds out that the very same boy she spent her summer with goes to Rydell! She expects him to be surprised and happy to see her, but he (Danny Zuko) just shrugs her off to act cool around his friends, the T-birds. More conflict develops between Danny and Sandy, and other members of the Pink Ladies and the T-birds. To end the show, Sandy eventually decides to truly become a Pink Lady to win Danny over, and everyone exclaims that they’ll always be together although they’re graduating.

Tony Rodriguez made a wonderful Danny, complete with the proper 1950s greaser-style accented voice, T-bird swagger, and melodious singing voice. Opposite of him Gabby Mancuso played Sandy, acted perfectly shy and sweet most of the show, until her surprising transformation at the end, when she really stepped up her singing and dancing, not holding back.

Andrew Larson stood out as Kenickie with his devil-may-care attitude and perfectly deep rock n’ roll voice. Rizzo (Keri Lanemann ) led the Pink Ladies with sassy singing, and Frenchy (Paige Woodley) was always in character, especially likable in “Beauty School Dropout” with swooning looks.

Costumes were spot-on for the time period and each individual outfit fit the character perfectly. The Pink Ladies’ jackets and the T-birds’ jackets were especially notable. Set changes were quick and stage crew was not at all noticeable.

Marquette presented a nice rendition of Grease with a highly energized ensemble, fitting leads and supporting cast, and an excitable finale that left each audience member with a big grin on his/her face.

by Marissa Schrader of Notre Dame High School

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