Grease Provides Chills that are Multiplying
It’s time to warm up your Hand Jive because, for the first time ever, Grease, The Musical, will be performed by Lovejoy High School theatre and choir students. Cathy Koziatek, Lovejoy High School choir director and music director of musicals provided multiple reasons why Grease was chosen this year, “It’s fun! We have the right kids for this production. It will bring the community in because everyone knows the songs.” She said her favorite element of this production is the music. “I love being a part of rehearsals because the kids have so much fun. They are so motivated to do really well.”
There are 37 cast members and 34 crew members involved in this production. The show was cast mid-October, rehearsals began in November and they have rehearsed every day since then. Over the winter break students and their parents will continue building sets and painting backdrops. They will resume rehearsals Jan. 2 (school resumes Jan. 8).
This production provides opportunities for students to take leadership roles. Several students choreographed the majority of the dance numbers and one student, Kyra Kramer, is the tech director. Many members of the Lovejoy community, not associated with LHS theatre or choir, are lending their talents to the production. A live band will perform the music. Band members include Ray Winkler, Principal of Sloan Creek Intermediate playing the bass, two private music instructors and the husband of an LISD elementary teacher. Two LHS math teachers are helping build the scenes. A former LHS parent constructs and paints scenes every year.
Kramer is a senior and, as the tech director, she manages all areas of tech including lighting, sound, LEDs, costumes and crew. She said that the audience will enjoy everything about the production, “From the super fun costumes to the super fun personalities of the actors.” Her favorite part of productions is when the actors are onstage and tech is backstage having jam sessions, and the tech handshakes. She has a goal of becoming a theatre teacher in the future.
Bryce Fuller is a junior and will be performing the male lead, Danny Zuko. He said he enjoys the dynamic of portraying the tough guy/ boy-in-love character. He feels that audience members will enjoy all of the dancing, “This show has more dancing than any other show we’ve done before.”
This is the first musical that freshman, Katelyn Andrzejewski has been a part of. She said her brother is in this musical, and because of his and other family members’ enthusiastic endorsement of the theatre life, she decided to give it a try. She is in the chorus and said the dance numbers are her favorite element of the show.
Marcie Sawyers is a senior. She said that it has been fun playing the role of Patty Simcox because in doing so she has stepped out of her typical acting roles. She describes her character as “larger than life”. Her favorite elements of this production are dancing in all of the big numbers and getting to know the members of the cast.
Koziatek said that audience members will be surprised by how good the show is. She said, “People in Lovejoy will not be surprised by that, but when they see it, it will take their breath away.”
The show will be presented January 17-19, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Lovejoy High School Auditorium (2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas). Due to mature themes, this show is recommended for middle school students and above. Tickets are $15 for students, seniors, and staff and $19 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the online box office at https://tinyurl.com/LovejoyBoxOffice1819 starting Monday, January 7.