End of Summer Tribute: Pink Ladies, Studs and Twinkies

By Ale Ibarra Posted October 14, 2016

Summer is gone. The school has begun. And so has the creativity and enthusiasm in Lowry High School Drama and Stagecraft. What better way is there to start, yet another year, than the unforgettable musical, “Grease”?

“Grease” is a 1971 musical named after the 1950s working-class youth subculture known as greasers. Students this year seemed excited to be doing something different and especially to see the talent of their classmates.

“I think, personally, that it’s going to be so killer and since everyone is having so much fun, everyone else is going to have a great time watching it,” said Ariana Arellano. “It has taken us, so far, 39 class periods to prepare for this.”

Hard work is usually followed by success. So, the Drama and Stagecraft Departments are keeping a positive outlook on their accomplishments for this year. Even newcomers are eager to take the stage.

“I chose to do this because I’m a very outgoing person. I like to see people have fun and laugh. I like to get involved; it’s just so much fun,” said Arellano. “Everybody has fun with it. Nobody knows how to sing, but everyone has fun with it.”

Tanner Ames shared what he had in mind for the goals this year. “Some of the goals we have are to perform the best that we can and to get all of our plays we plan on doing, up and ready,” said Ames. He said that this play will be the “school-appropriate” version and certain things were cut out but that “things will definitely work out.”

The main roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko will be played by none other than Hannah Hillyer and Jacob Hernandez. Other roles will include; Madison Riley as Betty Rizzo, Aimee Brandon as Frenchy, Mardi Johnson as Marty, Odali Ruiz as Jan, Nate Chapman as Doody, Tyler Jenkins as Kenickie, Victor Rosas as Sonny La Tierri, Erick Zamora as Roger, Darrin Nelson as Vince Fontaine, Ariana Arellano as Cha-Cha, Tanner Ames as Eugene Florczyk, Brendan Lipsett as Johnny Casino, Kinley Carlson as Miss Lynch, Jazmyne Freeman as Patty Simcox, and Mark Henderson as Teen Angel.

Drama and Stagecraft have been working continually to create a musical that can be a production enjoyed by everyone in the community. Everyone is constantly rehearsing lines and most importantly, having a good time. The cast is excited to be putting on a musical.

“We’re all not singers, so we try to be and it’s really funny. And there’s humor that teenagers would be able to pick up on that adults might not be able to; so I feel like they’ll be able to relate to the characters,” said Hannah Hillyer.

“Grease” will be presented on October 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the Lowry Auditorium. The cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for seat preferences.