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Grease: It's still the word

March 27, 2007|by SARA MARTENS

Everyone knows the story of "Grease" - the 1950s-era story of kids at Rydell High School, the dynamics between the T-birds (a boys gang) and the Pink Ladies (a girls gang) and the struggle by Danny and Sandy to make their love last, despite peer pressure.

This weekend, Smithsburg High School's theater department presents "Grease" for a second weekend. Students who saw the school show last weekend said it was entertaining.

"Everyone did a really good job," says Megan McSherry, a Smithsburg sophomore. She says she looks forward to seeing it again.

Caitlin Hartman, 17, a junior at the school, says she would recommend this show to other teenagers. She says it's something teens can relate to, despite the difference of the time periods.

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"The cast and stage crew were well-prepared, and the songs were really catchy," says junior Matt Calegero. "It didn't follow the movie specifically, but it was good to see a change."

The actors have enjoyed this production as much as the audience. Joe Waeyaert, 16, who plays Roger, says his favorite thing about his role has been making people laugh.

Andrew Matthews, 15, who plays Sonny, says that he enjoyed working with his friends. "Doing plays is one of the greatest experiences of my life," Andrew says.

Robbie Veil, a 16-year-old sophomore, plays Doody, the youngest member of the boys gang. In previous Smithsburg theater shows, Robbie was a behind-the-scenes tech; in "Grease," he steps on the stage for the first time. He says the most challenging aspect of his role was learning the choreography.

Sophomore Katie Moore, 16, plays Patty, a chirpy cheerleader and everyone's favorite girl to hate. Katie says her goal is to be so annoying that when Patty gets punched in the face the crowd will applaud. "Then I know I'll have done my part right," she explains.

Kirk Livers, 18, plays Danny, the leader of the boys gang. Livers says what he found to be most challenging was portraying Danny as "cool, yet having a sensitive spot for Sandy." He says he and his character are complete opposites.

Sandy, a new girl at Rydell High and Danny's eventual girlfriend, is played by 17-year-old Erika Cooper. She says that her favorite aspect of her role was Sandy's final transformation. "Going from a sweet lil' thing to hot stuff is so much fun!" Erika says.

Both of these seniors agree that their primary inspiration is director Ruth Hobson.

Junior Kyla Greenhorn, 16, is stage manager for the production. "Our goal is to put on a great show and really come together as a family, and this year I think we've really accomplished (that)," she says.

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