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Theatre Bristol presents "Grease"

June 4–20, 2010

The fabulous rockin’ and rollin’ fifties will roar into Bristol in an explosion of singing and dancing when Theatre Bristol’s spectacular production of Grease opens on the stage of Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace on June 4th, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Many baby-boomers will vividly recall the teenage lifestyle of this zany era, when the stage is filled with pedal pushers and rock-crazed, love-tortured, jiving and strolling high school youngsters. With explosive spontaneity, Grease celebrates the look and sound of the 50’s with dynamic rock n’ roll music and dancing. While hip Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the drive-in and, of course, the burger palace. Grease is the final production of Theatre Bristol’s 44th Anniversary Season.
“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”, “Beauty School Dropout”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Born to Hand Jive”, and “Greased Lightnin’”, are among the many songs that recall the Buddy Holly hiccups, the Little Richard yodels, the Elvis Presley wiggles, the yackety yaks and sha-na-nas that made the music of the fifties a gas. Bristol resident Will Oliver and Johnson City resident Emily McLeod portray Danny and Sandy in Theatre Bristol’s production. Will’s stage credits at Theatre Bristol include Horton in Seussical, Jr. and ensemble in Annie as well as numerous credits at Sullivan East High School. Emily is making her Theatre Bristol debut in Grease, but has numerous credits to her name at Science Hill High School. The remainder of the cast is a combination of newcomers and familiar faces from throughout the region, all possessing the talent and energy required to transport audiences to that boisterous age of rock n’ roll. Brandon Bentley will portray Danny’s number one sidekick, Kenicke; Michael-Thomas Griffith is teen hero Johnny Casino; the rest of the Burger Palace boys are Nicholas Hollifield as Doody, Joseph Minga as Sonny and Ronnie Whittaker the “anything for a laugh” clown Roger; the Pink ladies, led by their tough leader Rizzo, is portrayed by Elizabeth Paxton, with Sierra Allen playing Marty, the beauty of the Pink Ladies, Laura Renfro plays the beauty-school dropout Frenchy and Ashley Comer skillfully portrays the role of Jan. Other cast members include: newcomer Lexi Turner plays the bubbly, hapless cheerleader, Patty Simcox; Michael Waterfield brings to life the classic, but lovable nerd, Eugene and doubles as Teen Angel; Mike Musick plays the fast-talking radio disc jockey, Vince Fontaine; Gloria Watson will play the plum role of Miss Lynch; and Victoria Burnette will portray Cha-Cha, “the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s.” The ensemble is rounded out by LeShawn Bell, Chelsea Burnette, Annie Carr, Josh Dunagan, Gregory Glessing, Rebecca Minton, Chase Sisk and Abby Tucker.
JJ Jeffers returns to direct Grease. JJ most recently directed Moonlight and Magnolias as Jonesborough Reparatory Theatre and the regional premiere of RENT at Theatre Bristol. Musical Direction is by Scott Elliott and choreography by Bo Bryson. The production will be stage managed by Heather Browning, with costumes by Todd O’Hara and sound by Jonathan Neal.
Theatre Bristol’s production of Grease will be presented for three weekends and opens Friday, June 4th at 8:00 p.m. at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace. Additional performances of Grease are scheduled for June 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 8:00 p.m. and June 13 & 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for these performances are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $8 for children under age 12. For more information or to make reservations to Grease, call Theatre Bristol at (423) 968-4977.