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'Grease' the way it should be at Oceanside

Nov 07, 2019
Lydia Laslavic as Rizzo, left, and Ruby Jovin as Frenchy in Oceanside High School's "Grease."

Rockland — Oceanside High School Theatre is hard at work on a fabulous fall musical production of "Grease!" The show runs Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students/seniors, and will be available at the door.

The fall musical at Oceanside always draws a large segment of the student population to the stage, and this year is no exception. Tech students are busy perfecting the dazzling set, performers can be found working on dance steps in the gym or fine tuning vocal selections on the pit band. This energy level is "dizzying" says Oceanside’s long-time theater director Alison Machaiek-Johanson. "This show is a blast, not just for the story, but for the sheer joy of performing. Oceanside is doing the ‘school version’ as we fully expect a large family-type audience.” While the Broadway edition differs from the iconic movie made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, many of the fan favorites are there: "Summer Nights," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," among many others.

"Grease" is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, named after the 1950s United States working class subculture known as "greasers." The musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School and features rock and roll, rockabilly, and doo-wop music.

The large cast features Olivia Dougherty as Sandy, Aidan Bonzagni as Danny, Sam Miller as Kenickie and Lydia Laslavic as Rizzo. Skyler Prior is Patty Simcox and Ruby Jovin portrays Frenchy, while Katherine McCue plays Marty and Addie Hendricks is Jan. Sonny is played by Sam Vose, Karl Ilvonen is Rocky, Doody is Hunter Rahkonen and Roger is played by Ben Poland. Nathan Coombs plays Johnny Casino, while the Teen Angel is portrayed by Nathan Phaenpoon. Emily Boynton is playing Cha-Cha. Connor Macey plays Eugene. Also featured will be David Johanson as Vince Fontaine, and Miss Lynch will be brought to life by Margaret Machaiek. A featured ensemble of vocalists includes Harriet Yankura, Alydia Hatch, Mary-Ellen Johnson, Anna Siletti, Emma Carpenter and Mona Gott.

The Pink Ladies include Krista Butler, Chloe Courant, Julia Bartlett, Lindsey Brooks, Jade Philips, Marina Lamkins and Valerie Lorlberg. The Rydell cheerleaders include Makayla Gleba, Amanda Frost, Elayne Gustauson and Kiras Tavernakis. The Rydell jocks include Brady Marchessault, Collen Landry, Aidan Fogg, John Comeau, Joey Rahmat, James Cody, Aiden Sheriden and Michael Frost. The cast is rounded out by Maria Protheroe, Kamryn Prior, Haley Black, Erin Stevenson, Ella Russomano, Zaileyanna Robbins, Ava Carpenter, Martina Straka, Dasia Hustus, Cassidy Novicka, Winter Adams, Allison Colburn and Colette Black. The vocal director and accompanist is Barbara Hendricks. Marlene Hall conducts the pit band whose members include Lynne Henry on flute, Vicki Littlefield on tenor saxophone, Chris Blum on trumpet and flugal horn, and Kathy Downing on guitar. Patrick Blum plays bass guitar alongside Bethany Fontaine on keyboard and Barbara Hendricks on the piano with Christine Simmonds as percussionist.

Oceanside High School students perform "Grease" for this year's fall musical. Pictured are, top, Aidan Bonzagni as Danny Zuko; bottom from left, Nathan Coombs as Johnny Casino, Sam Miller as Kenickie, Lydia Laslavic as Rizzo, and Ruby Jovin as Frenchy.
Ruby Jovin as Frenchy and Nathan Paenephom as Teen Angel in "Grease."
Skylar Prior as Patty, left, and Olivia Dougherty as Sandy in Oceanside High School's production of "Grease."
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