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Rockin' fun at Clay

May 5, 2013

YellowBrix

May 05--SOUTH BEND -- The audience can get ready to be transported back to the 1950s during Clay High School's upcoming presentation of the musical "Grease."

The show is about the rebellious, fun-loving students of Rydell High as they are preparing for their senior year, according to Meghan Beard, visual and performing arts magnet coordinator.

"Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl, is trying to fit in. Unbeknownst to her, Danny Zuko, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys gang and her summer love, also goes to Rydell. Sandy longingly tells of her beach romance to the Pink Ladies while Danny stresses the physical tryst to his 'boys,' " Beard said. "Throughout the show, the teens try to navigate their way through friendship, fast cars and love. The show features a rockin' score of such classics as "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "We Go Together" and high-energy dance numbers to "The Hand Jive" and "Rock and Roll Party Queen.'

"Audiences are sure to be dancing in the aisles," she said.

To get into the character of Marty, sophomore Zoe Morgan said she had to stretch herself as an actress.

"Marty tries very hard to be so sophisticated, sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, but she's really kind of dumb. I'm really excited about our production of Grease because this will be all the

seniors' last performance so we are really going to go for it," Morgan said.

Senior Nick Hiddle-Halsey plays Roger.

"Roger is the guy that will do anything for a laugh," he said. "He's full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas and what I like most about his character is he's a lot like me."

Cast members have shown enthusiasm while learning what they describe as "genuinely fun" music as they prepare for the show, Beard said.

"As one of the younger members of the cast, I'm excited for the performing of the songs," Matt Raab, a sophomore who portrays Doody, a Burger Palace boy, said.

"Grease is a show with energy that's entertaining and since this is the last show of the year, I know we will all come together, and it will be great," he said.

Each rehearsal brings the cast of "Grease" one step closer to performances, Taylor Roberts, a senior who plays Jan, said.

Roberts said she is "excited to put on a great show because this is my last year, and I know my tears will flow at the last curtain call."

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