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Glendale High School to present ‘Grease'
Monday, March 25, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
FLINTON - "Grease" is about to hit the stage at Glendale High School, as the drama club prepares for its seventh annual musical utilizing the talents of the students April 5-6 at 7 p.m. and a matinee April 7 at 2 p.m.
Once again under the direction of Larry and Jennifer Putorek, there are a total of 27 students participating in the production, and they've been putting a lot of time and effort into the event.
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and Jeff Conaway - it was successful both critically and at the box office; its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States. Today, it remains the highest grossing musical in the United States.
The lead characters are Danny - Elam Gates; Sandy - Sarah Zabinski; Rizzo - Caitlin Kimberly; Kenickie - Tanner Martz. Other pink ladies include Jessica Haduck (Frenchy), Maddy Gallaher (Marty) and Ashlyn Pusey (Jan). Other burger palace boys include Patrick Brown (Doody), Justin Hommer (Sonny) and Katie Kutruff (Roger). There is also a special performance of "Hand Jive" by Frank Perehinec.
Tickets are on sale now and prices are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Call Larry Putorek at 687-5035 for tickets. Construction of the set was by Rick Gates, Sandy Kutruff and Jodi Chilcote. Brian Stacey, band director, is directing the pit.
"This year, we gave one of our seniors, Jessica Haduck, the opportunity to choreograph the musical," Putorek said. "We've never done this before, but she's doing great. Usually, Jen does all of the choreography."
While two other schools are also doing the same musical, they are doing the school version.
"We are doing the full-on version of the show," Putorek said. "It's the only way to tell the story people know."
He said it has been cleaned up some, pertaining to the language, to make it suitable for children and entire families; however, they are still mixing things up some.
Glendale has the only Sunday matinee performance.
Four extra songs from the movie have been ordered - "Grease," "Sandy," "You're the One that I Want" and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - to perform in the show.
They changed the order of the songs to make it flow like the movie, which is what most people are familiar with. Sets were built to replicate the Broadway sets, which was a compliment from the costume designer, who worked on off-Broadway shows in New York City and has a lot of theatrical experience. She is costuming the cast.
Stacey arranged four of the songs with brass, to make them more authentic to the movie/CD.
They added the carnival scene at the end of the show, which is not scripted, making for more audience familiarity. Also, they edited some of the language to make it more appropriate for families and children.
"The kids have been working for three months on the show," Putorek said. "We got off to a late start, having the baby, but the kids have really stepped up and are giving their all."
The directors are very proud of their work the students are doing.
"We're proud of their dedication to making this our best show yet," Putorek said. "I feel like we've always had high quality productions, and this year, the bar is set even higher."
The two-act play will last about two hours, including intermission. The Putoreks have co-directed every musical since 2007, missing out on the "Annie" production.
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