Steven Elliot and Grace Keys star as Danny and Sandy in Grease. (CONTRIBUTED)

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Grease is the word for Sparkman students

Published 3:21pm Monday, March 4, 2013

HARVEST- Students in the Sparkman High drama club have taken a step back in time to the 1950’s as they prepare for their upcoming musical production. The popular broadway play Grease, based on the 1978 movie, was selected by students as their spring play this year. The movie Grease remains the number 1 highest-grossing musical ever in the United States.

Showtimes are this week March 6-8 with shows at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse. Tickets are $10 at all 9 a.m. shows including a school show at 12 noon on Friday. Only a few tickets remain for the Friday evening show. For ticket information go to the drama club website at www.sparkmandrama.com or call 256-694-4177.

“It’s always challenging to choose a show because it’s based on the strength of your performers,” said drama booster club president Kerri Dyer whose daughter Charity plays Rizzo in the show. “It has been interesting but Grease has really come together. We were going to do Cinderella but it went back on Broadway so they pulled the rights to it.”

Stepping into the lead roles of Danny and Sandy are two seniors, Steven Elliott and Grace Keys.

Elliott is a trumpet player in Sparkman’s band. This will be his first big singing role. He has sung as a second hobby. Keys has experience in community theatre and show choir.

“They are both going to do a great job. We have a younger cast this year,” Dyer added. “This year we are branching out giving new people opportunities.”

The cast includes 45 students complete with 50’s attire portraying the T-birds and The Pink Ladies. But parents don’t need to worry about some of the adult situations of the original movie.

“We are doing the family friendly version that does not include references to smoking or sex that you see in the movie,” said Dyer. “There are nine musical numbers and a lot of dancing so it is just going to be a lot of fun.”

The production includes the most popular songs from the movie such as ‘The One That I Want’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’.

Last year the drama group performed ‘High School Musical’ and it was a spectacular success according to Dyer. The only problem was the series of tornados that swept through the area around Sparkman on performance weekend.

The group performed three shows on Saturday to make up the ones lost on Friday. This year Dyer hopes for plenty of drama without the tornado.




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