'Grease' Brings the Poodle Skirt Back to South Puget Sound
Picture Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the time. And while 51 years have passed since, South Puget Sound Community College takes you back in the rollicking musical Grease.
Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts main stage, Grease is a collaboration between South Puget Sound’s Drama Program, Saint Martin’s University’s Theater Arts Program and the Olympia Chamber Orchestra.
Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie," and more, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley in what became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions, place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.
The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 14 and again from Thursday, Nov. 18, Friday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 21. The Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 performances begin at 2 p.m., with all other performances beginning at 8 p.m. There will also be a special evening performance on Nov. 21 that is "pay what you can."
Tickets are $12.50 for the general public and $7.50 for students, staff and faculty. Tickets are available online at OlyTix.org or by calling (360) 753-8586. For more information about the performances, go online at www.spscc.ctc.edu/entertainment or call (360) 596-5411.