BELLEFONTE - "Grease" is coming this week.
Bellefonte Area High School Drama Club will perform the popular musical about Sandy, Danny, and all their Pink Lady and greaser friends at Rydell High.
Audiences are sure to want to sing along with the music that was made popular by the film featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.
“Grease” cast members at Bellefonte Area High School are, from left, Tyler Wasson as Roger, Jayon Zimmerman as Doody, Sean Connelly as Danny, Mike Lewis as Kenickie, and Andrew Uhring as Sam.
Julia Laufer as Jan and Tyler Wasson as Roger rehearse their roles.
Cat Rokavec as Patty and Kyle Naylor as Eugene prepare for opening night of ‘Grease’ at Bellefonte Area High School.
"Although people are most familiar with the film, the musical is even more charming," said Drama Club Advisor and English teacher Elizabeth Heidt.
Director Shaun McMurtrie, a math teacher at the high school, selected the musical because, he said, "'Grease' is the type of show that spans generations. Parents and grandparents get to be nostalgic about their high school days and students realize that their current trials and tribulations aren't all that different from those 'wonderful bygone days.'"
Heidt said she is excited to showcase some of Bellefonte's talented students.
"We had such a hard time casting this show because we had so many great performers to choose from," she said. "Ultimately we cast 30 student actors and 10 high school musicians."
Meredith LeRoy, Bellefonte's choir and orchestra director and the show's vocal director, also is impressed with the talent she has seen, she said.
"The soloists all sound fantastic, and the chorus is very strong!" she said. "The audience should be prepared to leave the performance with several of the songs from the show stuck in their head!"
BAHS band director and the show's conductor Jay Zimmerman said he understands the importance of fine arts programs in public high schools and works to keep these programs at BAHS.
"As the Fine Arts Department coordinator, one of my goals was to do a musical production every year," he explained. "Performing in a musical brings together all the talents we possess in the arts: singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments, along with all the technical demands of lighting, electronics, scene design and construction. It is truly a collaborative effort that demands the best of our students and the staff. It has been a pleasure working with all of them, and I am sure audiences will all enjoy the final product."
English teacher and choreographer Erin Harclerode also enjoys working as a part of the musical team, she said.
"The cast of 'Grease' continues to exceed my expectations for the type of choreography that high school students, some of whom have no dance experience, can absorb."
"The dance numbers that Mrs. Harclerode has choreographed will definitely wow audiences!" said junior Julia Laufer, who plays Jan in the upcoming performance.
After months of hard work on set construction, dance and vocal workshops, and rehearsals, the cast and crew of BAHS are excited to share their final product.
'Grease' will be performed on the Bellefonte Area High School stage Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., and everyone's invited to come out to hand jive along with the talented cast.