Grease Preview 2021-2022
by Sarah Formica
It’s automatic! It’s systematic! It’s hydromatic! It’s Grease the Musical, live from the Nottingham High School football field on May 5, 6, and 7. This story of a group of high school students in the 1950s has themes of friendship, romance, and adventure that are still relevant today. Danny Zuko (Evan Vistoso, Grade 11), the leader of the Burger Palace Boys, a clique at Rydell High, finds himself facing a difficult decision when his summer fling, Sandy Dumbrowski (Makenna Fowler, Grade 12), arrives unexpectedly at Rydell. Will he choose popularity and reputation or the girl of his dreams? You can find out by purchasing tickets to see Grease this May.
Northstar students began working on the show at the beginning of December. Since then, the cast, crew, and pit have been working hard to make this production a success. Director Ms. Lauren Flaherty said that “Practice is coming along well! Students are coming together with great chemistry and we are excited to perform our show for you”.
Joining the musical at Nottingham is a great way to get involved and meet new people. Julian Morales, a senior who plays Sonny, one of the Burger Palace Boys, says he joined two shows ago as a way to “try something new and fight my fears.” This has clearly worked out well for him; he has become a crucial part of the play family.
As for rehearsals, seniors Julie Burke, Technide Jean-Philippe, and Kyle Sirimis agree that things have been going really well. Kyle, who plays the Greased Lightning singing Kenickie, says, “There have been ups and downs… but mostly ups” and Technide, a member of the ensemble, noted how “everybody is focused and just wants to improve.” Julie, also known as Frenchy, is unlike her beauty school dropout character. She has been doing the show since her freshman year and confirmed that, at rehearsals, “everyone has grown closer as friends and it’s been really nice to bond with everyone.”
Looking ahead, the seniors have a lot of hope for the rest of the year. Julie is hoping to make her senior show “the best one yet.” Jairo Arce, the actor behind the loveable Doody, while discussing his excitement for the final show, said, “It’s my last show and my last year. It’s sad, but it’s also an accomplishment.” While Kyle admitted that he joined the show because “our wonderful director/choreographer, Ms. Flaherty, dragged me into it,” he also made sure to add that “I’m glad she did.” He said he’s “looking forward to the audiences coming and being absolutely amazed by the spectacular production we put on.” Take it from Kenickie himself, Grease is going to be a Nottingham show to remember.