You Should Go Together to GreaseBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jul 10th, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Stage Door Production performance of Grease [MP3 3:41 1.1MB].
Laura: This weekend we saw the Stage Door Production performance of Grease at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Mike: And, yes, this is Grease, the 1959 story of the students at Rydell High School. It was a movie musical with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and Stage Door had a great time doing this show.
Laura: I really enjoyed it, they did a terrific job. Everything came together well, the dancing, the singing, the acting, the sets. Everything was really well done.
Mike: It really was a well done show. You’ll have a good time if you go see this next weekend.
Laura: The role of Sandy Dombrowski was played by Stephanie Broman. I really liked her performance. She may have tapped into some of her nervousness in attending Virginia Tech in the Fall and being a part of the cheerleading team. She may have used some of that motivation to play the meek new girl in town.
Mike: And then a strong contrast to Sandy was Danny Zucko played by Jake Mills. He was very much the worldly, seen everything, too cool for a new chick in school. He had a lot of fun and did well with his part.
Laura: I really liked the set, too. It was very well done, very detailed. They had a live orchestra. The orchestra was above them, kind of on a platform up above the stage so they didn’t drown out the singers. I liked the set changes very much. They were very smoothly done. Very organized. Everybody knew what they were supposed to do and they did it in a very timely manner.
Mike: This was an enormous cast. There were over thirty performers on stage. There were five people in the orchestra. They all worked together really well. The dance numbers were so complex and they did a great job with the dance numbers.
Laura: I also got a real sense of community. Outside of the high school they had gotten members of the community to bring over their antique cars. They brought over the Roadsters or whatever from the 50’s. Then inside in the lobby before you went into the actual theater, they had tables and chairs set up with 1950’s memorabilia. I thought that added a real community feel to it.
Mike: We really enjoyed the whole show. Unfortunately, there were significant sound problems with the sound equipment they were using. There were times when the singing was just not loud enough to understand what was being sung. It was most noticeable on Sandy’s song “It’s Raining on Prom Night.” You simply couldn’t hear her because she wasn’t being amplified. The taped music was just over powering her.
Laura: The show is two and a half hours long with the intermission. I would say it’s probably appropriate for middle school ages and above. Younger than that I’m not really sure they would understand because there it some adult language, but more adult situations that are brought out in this show.
Mike: Grease is playing for one more weekend, the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth at Masaponax high School. I definitely recommend you go and support this great effort at community theater.
Laura: Once you’ve seen this show, feel free to leave your comments here at ShowBizRadio.net.
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Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.