Local students to perform in 'Grease'

Popular musical homage to 1950s idealism, teen angst

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  • Actors Josh Cagiano and Annie Wogisch will take the leads as Danny Zuko, a hot-rodding gangster, and Sandy Dumbrowski, the sweet new girl at Rydell High School, in "Grease."

  • Students rehearse for a local production of the popular Broadway musical "Grease."

Students from West Milford will be among those performing in a local production of the Broadway musical "Grease" in Wanaque next week.

Guest Artists and students from The King Centre for the Performing Arts, will be joined by a talented cast from neighboring communities.

West Milford, Hewitt and Newfoundland students include: Lauren Coyman, Jocelyn Geisel, Hailey Gruenler, Mia Leyva, Noelle Leyva, Gus Lindstrom, Haley Lindstrom, Soren Schwerner, Josie Ugliono and Alison Walker. From Ringwood: Josh Cagiano, Jeanna Carrazzone, Samuel Freeman, Emma Gabriel, Marly Goldring, Conor Guzman, Kaela Morgan, Olivia Sabatelli, and Annie Wogisch. Wanaque, Pompton Plains and Haskell students are Alana Nyhuis, Madison Ostrander, Caroline Sumner, Erin Montague. Hailing from Ridgewood, Franklin Lakes, Mahwah and Wyckoff are: Giana Gualda, Lindsey Holohan, Livia Janjigian, Katie Muhleisen, Rachel Muhleisen, Delaney Roark, Jesse Stepe, and Laura Westcott,

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hubcaps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers.

The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated.

Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together”, and “Mooning”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens!

"Grease" tickets are available ONLINE only; tickets will not be available at the studio.

For tickets, go here http://tickets.shovation.com/.

Performances will be held at:

Lakeland Regional High School Auditorium, 205 Conklintown Road, Wanaque, Saturday Nov. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The American Youth Dance Company is in residence at The King Centre for The Performing Arts, 527 Ringwood Ave., Wanaque.

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