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'Grease' is the word at South Brunswick

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Sock hop, doo-wop and the hand jive will fill the Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend as South Brunswick High School presents the musical “Grease.”

The musical—which was brought to popularity by a ’70s movie version—centers around the teenage romance of Danny Zucko and Sandy Dumbrowski. The two met in the summer and are surprised to meet again on the first day of school at Rydell High, as Sandy is a new student to the area.

Trying to impress his friends, Danny is mean to Sandy in front of her friends, the Pink Ladies, and the two spend the rest of the show figuring out whether or not they should date each other.

The show focuses on social issues high schoolers face such as friendship, conflict, love and rebellion.

Sarah Levin, SBHS theater director, said she chose “Grease” because she wanted to introduce a new generation to the show. Levin runs a summer theatre program and said many of her students had never heard of “Grease.” Once she began teaching them the songs, the students really enjoyed them, she said.

“They kept asking if we could sing them, over and over and over,” she said. “This was just a really great chance to take a timeless classic and introduce it to a younger generation.”

The cast is made up of about 20 actors; most are students from South Brunswick High School. Levin said she is always looking for more members, so she opened the audition to all students in the district.

Terriq White from North Brunswick High School expressed interest in being in the show, and ended up being cast as one of the lead male roles.

Vann Pennell, SBHS principal, and Kathryn Smith, SBHS assistant principal, are also joining the cast of students. Pennell will play an athletic coach, and Smith an assistant to the principal.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee will play the principal at Rydell High.

“For the past two years, the drama productions put on by South Brunswick High School have been amazing,” McGee said. “It’s exciting to me. I have made it a priority and have found the time to learn all my lines.”

“Grease” will play at Odell William Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and $8 for children. Those who bring canned goods will receive $2 off admission prices.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com