'Grease' to celebrate the auditorium's 75th anniversary
Larry Untiet, Spencer High School's theater director, recently announced the cast and production staff for SHS's fall musical "Grease." The show will serve as the "anniversary production" for the Old Middle School Auditorium's 75th year of existence. And ironically, Grease also marks Untiet's 75th production as theatre director at Spencer High School.
Grease tells the story of Rydell High School's spirited class of 1959; gum-chewing, hub-cap stealing, hot-rod-loving boys with slicked back hair and leather jackets, and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls and pedal pushers. They capture the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock 'n' roll era.
While hip Danny Zuko (Brandt Roskens) and the wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski (Daly Tighe) resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through nostalgic scenes at the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.
Familiar classic tunes from the show include "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," "Beauty School Dropout," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Greased Lighitnin," "We Go Together," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Summer Nights," "Born to Hand Jive," and many more. The show recalls the Buddy Holly hiccups, the Little Richard yodels, the Elvis Presley wiggles, the yackety-yacks, and the sha-na-nas that made the music of the '50s a gas.
Grease's original eight-year run made Broadway history, and its recent long-running revival puts it amongst the most popular musicals of the '90s. The movie version in the late '70s stared John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton John as Sandy. It broke many box office records and remains a musical classic of the silver screen.