‘Grease’ is the word
LCHS Choirs to perform beloved musical March 24-25
By Julie Snyder
L’Anse Creuse High School choir students Noah Osterman, Lauren Korpal, Griffin Castle, Thomas Muzenhofer and Michael Rademaker rehearse their lines for the upcoming performance of “Grease.”
Posted March 21, 2017
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse High School Choirs Director Aaron Kabobel had always wanted to direct the classic musical “Grease” since he starting teaching.
Now, 21 musical productions later, he’s finally going for it.
“It was the musical I always wanted to do, but everyone else was doing it,” said Kabobel. “It’s that classic American musical that everyone knows. The story of boy meets girl. It’s definitely an audience-pleasing show.”
As the school year progressed, Kabobel began to realize that he had within his classes the perfect cast for the high-energy show about friends attending Rydell High School in 1959. The plot revolves around the two main characters, Danny and Sandy, who fall in love the summer before their senior year and try to stay together during the school year despite pressure from their peers.
“Grease” will be performed at 7 p.m. March 24-25 at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center, 24600 Frederick Pankow Blvd. in Clinton Township.
Soon after making the decision, roles like the members of the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies were cast, sets and costume designs were drawn out, and in January the students began rehearsing 10 hours each week for their big spring production.
Kabobel said all 150 choir students are involved in “Grease,” a 1 1/2-hour event featuring 18 songs, including “You’re the One That I Want,” “Born to Hand Jive,” Greased Lightnin’” and “Summer Nights.”
“Grease” was first released by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey in 1971. It was later released as a motion picture in 1978. Since then, countless versions, both on and off Broadway and in community and school theaters, have been performed across the country as well as internationally.
“It’s going to be a great show,” said Kabobel. “The sets and the props are great, and we have great student talent.”
Senior Noah Osterman, who is playing the role of Danny, said the most challenging part of bringing the tough, yet soft character to life has been the scene at the drive-in where he and Sandy get into an argument.
“There’s a lot of hard dialogue, weird lines,” said the 18-year-old. “Then I sing by myself.”
Is he nervous about performing in his first lead role?
“This is the third show I’ve been in, and I get nervous every time I get on stage. But I just do it.”
Lauren Howard, a junior, is playing the role of Sandy.
She’s found that the biggest challenge has been nailing down the numerous dance numbers, specifically those involving the entire cast and extras.
Regardless, Howard’s excited about the opportunity to perform in a show based on a movies she’s seen “too many times to count.”
“When I found out I got the role of Sandy, it was the best day of my life,” said Howard. “I wanted a lead role in a show like this all of my life.”
Aliyah Whitelaw said she’s been enjoying getting to know tough girl Betty Rizzo during rehearsals.
“I’m trying to get used to the rudeness of Rizzo,” she said with a laugh. “It’s hard being so mean to my friends.”
Friends she said she has enjoyed getting to know during rehearsals.
“It’s been fun getting closer to everyone and learning the crazy dances with them,” Whitelaw said.
Tickets to “Grease” cost $8 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center, by calling (586) 783-6520 or online at red.vendini.com.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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