The John Burroughs High School Drama department presents the musical Grease for three shows on Friday, February 9, Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, in the school auditorium.
“This is a show you will not want to miss! Who doesn’t love the greasers and pink ladies of Rydell High?!” enthused Drama Director Guy Myers. “Every single song is memorable, and our award winning choreographer, Jennifer Stanley, has worked her magic once again. The whole audience will want to do the Hand Jive at the school dance.”
“This production of Grease is also the tenth musical I have directed here at JBHS, and collaborating with our wonderful musical director, Brendan Jennings, and our genius tech director, Jon King, has been an honor,” Myers added. “So we all wanted this to be something special.”
“The incredibly talented cast is putting their all into it and bringing a freshness to the material that will excite any theatregoer. I leave rehearsals singing the songs, and I know audiences will want to see this show more than once if they can!”
“I was beyond thrilled when I found out I got the part of Sandy not only because I was excited to see what I would look like as a blonde but because it has been a dream of mine ever since I saw the movie at the age of 10,” commented junior Simone Beres. “It has been such an exciting experience playing such an iconic role and telling such a classic story.”
“The songs and dances will definitely not disappoint because they are a perfect combination of the movie and the musical,” she went on to say. “The show is going to be fantastic because it is filled with such an energetic cast, our band with talented musicians and students, and will all be performed on a set from Nickelodeon! The show will be sure to make you laugh and sing along!
Junior Jack Weerts brings the role of bad boy Kenickie to the stage, which he calls an exciting and rewarding experience.
“I can assure anyone who comes that the T-Birds won’t be acting like we’re having fun, it’s all real!” Weerts said. “I love working with my friends on and off stage and have made a lot of memories with Danny Zuko, played by Coen Sosa, Betty Rizzo, played by Megan Mazer, and of course ‘Sandra Dee’, played by Simone Beres.”
“As a senior, this is my fourth and final musical at JBHS,” commented Mazer. “Everyone is so talented and is completely committed to their character. I’m excited to play Rizzo and explore her many levels of cattiness and concealed vulnerability.”
“Over the years, the actors in this department have become some of my best friends,” she added. “I wouldn’t be the performer or person I am today without this program, led by the brilliant Guy Myers!”
“This is my first time working as student producer and I could not have been blessed with a more enthusiastic cast,” commented Julio Rocha. “My role takes a lot of organizing and working with our amazing Director and Drama teacher here at Burroughs High School, Mr. Guy Myers.”
“To say this show is mesmerizing, is an understatement. You’d think my impression of this musical would grow dull, but experiencing the entire show each night continues to add to my excitement. People are going to LOVE this show.”
The JBHS Drama production of Grease begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. More information and advance tickets can be found here. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors and faculty and $20 general admission.
John Burroughs High School is located at 1920 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank.