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Dominion High School Grease

By • Feb 22nd, 2010 • Category: Cappies

The hand jive, the drive in, pajama parties, and summer lovin’! Dominion High School created a throw back to the 1950’s in their rendition of the widely known musical Grease.

Grease is a 1972 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey illustrating the lives of a group of working-class kids who attend Rydell High School in 1959. The original Broadway production of Grease directed by Tom Moore opened on June 7, 1972 and completed a record setting 3,388 performance run. Since then the show has had many revivals and nationwide tours including the 2008 tour which features American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as Frenchy’s Guardian Angel.

Danny Zuko, the leader of the T Birds and local heartthrob, was played by Erik Abrahamsen, whose dedication to character was commendable. Abrahamsen had many nicely executed acting moments as the love struck boy trying to keep his tough image. Rachel Weber portrayed Zuko’s love interest and the new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. Throughout the show, Weber embodied Sandy’s innocence, and yet, at its close, believably transitioned into a gregarious coquette.

Sam Allen, who played the character of Roger, deserves great accolades for his show-stopping vocal abilities. Allen’s performance in the songs “Mooning” and “Rock n’ Roll Party Queen” made each one a highlight of the production. His voice was something to remember. Another notable performance was that of Ty Sheedlo as Sonny LaTierri, who commanded attention each time he appeared onstage. His commitment and ridiculous character choices provided for an exceedingly comedic presentation. Stephanie Booth, in her roll as Jan, also deserves praise for wonderfully executed comedic timing and characterization. Other noteworthy performances included Inessa Oelschlager as Rizzo and Shannon O’Rourke as Patty Simcox.

The relationships created in the ensembles were by far the strongest point of the show. Although each character could hold his or her own individually, when accompanied by their gang members, they truly thrived. The Pink Ladies were fantastically obnoxious and provided for a cohesive ensemble, and as their counterpart, the T Birds perfectly embodied a group of eccentric teenage boys who always seem to be fooling around.

Although the show had its fair share of difficulties, missed lines, and overextended scene transitions, the cast and crew did a nice job of recovering quickly and keeping the show moving. Overall, Dominion High School’s production of Grease was an enjoyable presentation, bringing back the early sounds of rock and roll, when hair gel, leather jackets, and Elvis tunes were never in short supply.

by Emily Howell of Westfield High School

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