Second Street Players has announced that the company will be performing GREASE: Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey July 28, 29 30 and August 4, 5 and 6.at the Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford.
Audiences will welcome Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 duck-tailed, hot-rodding T-Birds and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. 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, Sandy and others recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that 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 is among the world’s most popular musicals.
Local actor Daniel Keenan, who plans to attend theUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts this year, will be performing the lead role of Danny Zuko. Keenan has been acting since he was in first grade and started at Possum Point Players in Georgetown, slowly branching out to other companies such as Clear Space in Rehoboth and Second Street Players in Milford. Some of his favorite performances include Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, The Fantasticks, Shrek and Sweeney Todd. He was last seen in Second Street Players’ Fiddler on the Roof in the spring of 2016.
Playing Zuko has been entertaining for Kennan as the character is much different from his own personality. “It’s funny because other than sharing the same name, we don’t have much in common. Danny is a very different character than who I am,” said Kennan. “…it is very challenging for me to try and relate to him. But throughout this process I’ve really gotten to know him and understand where his motivations lie. My favorite part about playing this character has got to be his relationship with the T-Birds and getting to interact with them every night. They have so much energy and are such fun guys to be on and off stage with.”
Emily Pearson, a Producing and Stage Management major at Marymount Manhattan College, will be performing the role of Sandy Dumbrowski. She has been acting since she was very young, doing skits and small productions, but became serious about theater in high school. Pearson has done several shows with Second Street Players, The Kent County Theatre Guild and Caesar Rodney High School, but Sandy is her largest role to date.
Pearson has enjoyed discovering her character Dumbrowski. “I learn more and more about her every rehearsal. She’s definitely the character who goes through the most dramatic change from beginning to end,” said Pearson. “It is occasionally challenging though, portraying the wide range of emotions she goes through. I have to get in the right mindset each night in order to give her the power she deserves.”
Directors Joshua Gross and Tammy Crawford have put together an all-star cast from all over to bring “Broadway’s Happiest Musical” GREASE to the Riverfront Theater stage. According to Gross and Crawford, this cast will have audiences singing and dancing to all their favorite songs. Starting from the time the curtain opens to the final bow audiences will be transported back to Rydell High School, relive the memories or start some new ones.
“I hope that the audience leaves GREASE with a feeling of nostalgia for the good times they had with friends growing up. Grease is a story about friendship and not knowing what the next day brings,” said Gross. “I want everyone to leave thinking about all the friends they made over the years and think about all the good times they had together.”
Performances will be held July 28, 29 30 and August 4, 5 and 6. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8pm and Sunday curtain is 3pm. All performances will be held at The Riverfront Theater, 2 South Walnut Street, in downtown Milford DE. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006. For more information, individuals can visit secondstreetplayers.com.
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