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March 6, 2014

THS performs "Grease" this weekend

THS stages classic musical this weekend, eyes elusive Kenny Award

Tonawanda News — A favorite of students and staff alike, Tonawanda Middle and High School’s musical performance will be a classic and this year — and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The school will present the musical “Grease” beginning tonight through Saturday at the Tonawanda Alumni Auditorium, 600 Fletcher St.

The musical is produced by Daniel Lynch, art teacher at the school, and directed by alumna Maura Nolan, with vocal direction by Kelly Ersing and choreography by Vanessa Alaimo.

“A group of us came together to decide on doing ‘Grease,’” Lynch said. “The students have been wanting to do ‘Grease’ for a while.”

Lynch, who took over heading up the musicals five years ago, explained that it takes a while to go through the process of getting the rights to do the musical.

“‘Grease’ is a popular show,” Lynch said. “The school performed ‘Grease’ back in 2006 and once prior to that.”

Lynch explained that although the show will have most of the music from the movie version, the production itself will be more like the musical version with the T-Birds being known as the Burger Palace Boys. But he said that the Pink Ladies are still the Pink Ladies.

Nolan, who actually played the female lead, Sandy, in the school’s 2006 production of “Grease,” directed last year’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“There are more leads to work with in ‘Grease’ than in ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’” Nolan said. “It’s a show about camaraderie, friendship and puppy love — that stage in your life.”

Nolan has been working with the program for the last few years.

“All the Sandys have come back to direct the show,” Lynch said. “I expect our Sandy this year to come back in a few years, too.”

This time Sandy is being played by Erin Burris and Danny, the male lead, is being played by Zach Riviera, both juniors.

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