For this year’s spring musical, Ross Upper School students traveled back in time to the Fabulous Fifties—1959, to be exact—to portray Sandy, Danny, the Pink Ladies, and the Burger Palace Boys as they sang and danced their way through the year at Rydell High.
Led by Katie Morgan ’16 as Sandy Dumbrowski and Jadon Han ’17 as Danny Zuko, the cast showed off their acting and vocal talents, as well as their skill at the hand-jive, over three performances. The school-age version of Grease, which first appeared on Broadway in 1971, differed a bit from the well-loved 1978 film, so the audience was treated to a variety of songs that didn’t make the film cut, including “Those Magic Changes,” “Mooning,” and “Alone at a Drive-In Movie,” as well as favorites “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and “We Go Together.”
Performing Arts teacher Gerard Doyle directed the production, with Dean of Performing Arts Adam Judd serving as musical director and Wellness teacher Sheryl Hastalis providing the choreography. The cast featured both new and experienced actors, and the script allowed for a number of solos and duets among them, so many students got a chance in the spotlight. After the show’s run was completed, Gerard praised their efforts, saying that he “couldn’t have wished for more energy, commitment, and skill on all three performances.” The audiences for each show, filled with classmates, friends, and family, validated that praise with enthusiastic applause.
View the gallery of pictures from Grease below.