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March 1, 2013

A slick production: ‘Grease’ opens at Silver Creek High School tonight

SELLERSBURG — The T-Birds and their main squeezes will hit the stage starting tonight in Silver Creek High School’s production of “Grease.”

It features a cast of more than 30 students and a graduate who has gone on to work in theater productions across the country and start his own production company. A story set in the 1950s about two teenage lovebirds who share a summer love takes a turn when they find out they’re going to the same high school.

Alonzo Richmond, the school’s theater director, said fans of Broadway and the silver screen will find elements from both versions of the show in his production.

“This is a good mix of the movie and the Broadway show,” Richmond said. “I wanted to stick to the show, but I know the audience would expect a little John Travolta. I think it was more of a challenge than some of [the students] expected because it’s a show everyone knows, so that makes it hard to make your own adaptation of it.”

But students in the production said they’re confident in their castmates’ abilities and what audiences will see.

Abby Bauerla, a sophomore who plays Miss Lynch, said cast members really help set the production apart from what audiences have already seen.

“I think it’s honestly the people we have in the show,” Bauerla said. “We have a lot of talented people on stage, so when you put that together, it makes for an amazing show.”

Arielle Conrad, a freshman who plays Marty, said it’s exciting for her to join the cast in showing off all of their skills.

“I like the support we get from the community and that we get to show everyone what we’re made of,” Conrad said. “We don’t get to do a lot of musicals that have a lot of straight acting like this, so we’re really excited.”

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