40 Years Later - "Grease" Is Still The Word
• The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory brings the musical classic "Grease" to the Norris Theatre stage July 6-15.
The electrifying, fun-filled, rock ‘n’ roll stage musical, “Grease” is cruising into the Norris Theatre, July 6-15 for seven performances.
Presented by the acclaimed Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory, the student-cast production celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original film version of the iconic musical, with all the unforgettable songs that became the soundtrack of a generation.
Set in 1959 at Rydell High School, the Tony Award-winning musical brings back the era of poodle skirts, pedal pushers, greased ducktail haircuts, leather jackets and hot rods.
When wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski and ultra-cool greaser Danny Zuko fall in love over the summer, they unexpectedly meet again when Sandy enrolls at Rydell. While the couple attempts to rekindle their unlikely romance, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds sing and dance their way through nostalgic scenes of pajama parties, pep rallies, proms, burger palaces and drive-in movies.
“Grease” brings back the indelible rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the ‘50s with such hit songs as “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Summer Nights,” and “Beauty School Drop Out.” With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the stage musical has remained perennially popular since it first opened on Broadway in 1972. The film version of “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is the highest grossing movie musical of all time.
The PVPA Conservatory production is directed by Kimberly Wood, with musical direction by Sean Alexander Bart and choreography by Joel Sluyter.
The talented cast of 42 student actors features Dori Rich (Sandy); Hayden Kharrazi (Danny); Leah Hohauser (Rizzo); Anthony Karambelas (Kenickie); Anjolie Ochalek (Frenchy); Bradley Nolan (Doody); Cassidy Amberg (Marty); Peter Kuyper (Roger); Sophia Marino (Jan); Ryan Sylvester (Sonny); Samantha Boger (Patty); Kurt Lyle (Eugene); Harmony Ishikawa (Cha-Cha); Jack Arroues (Vince Fontaine); Hannah Paddock (Miss Lynch); Ethan Hoffman (Johnny Casino); and Alexa Lampe (Teen Angel).
“‘Grease’ is timeless. Its themes of teen romance, fitting in, and peer pressure are just as real today as they were in the 1950s,” said director Wood. “We’re very excited to introduce this American classic to a whole new generation to experience all the immortal songs that have thrilled audiences for over 40 years.”
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, plus a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, July 14. Tickets are $15 for youth ages 17 and under and $30 for adults, plus a $7 facility fee on each ticket.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservator was founded in 1999 and is a highly-acclaimed, comprehensive performing arts education program that includes a wide array of instruction in every facet of theatre education from dance to vocal instruction and acting, as well as full-scale, professional-caliber productions, summer camps, workshops, musical theatre academies, and performance groups.
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