There’s going to be a whole of shaking going on in Weston next weekend. Weston Middle School’s Short Wharf theater group is performing Grease, directed by Elizabeth Morris.
This high-energy musical unfolds at Rydell High in the 1950s and follows the story of several fun and rebellious teenagers.
At the center of the story is innocent Sandy, who fell in love over the summer with “bad-boy” Danny Zuko. They both face some social obstacles when they unexpectedly reunite at high school in the fall.
Throw in some poodle skirts, pedal pushers and leather jackets and get ready to be transported back to the 1950s!
Sophia Rico, a seventh grader, stars as the wholesome Sandy and brings her beautiful voice to the stage. Lake Jacobs-Skolik, an eighth grader, plays Danny Zuko, the cool leader of the greasers with his easygoing charm and powerful voice.
There are many eighth graders in the production. Cameron Edgar plays Kenickie with the edgy attitude and offbeat humor that defines this role. Rachael Buddenhagen is the good-natured and dreamy Frenchy, Amanda Maddox is the tough and sarcastic Rizzo, Courtney Caolo is the sophisticated but rough-around-the-edges Marty, and the comical and clumsy Jan is played by Michaela Finder.
We can’t forget the bubbly and over-confident Patty Simcox, played by Erika Schmiedeck, stuffy, old-fashioned Miss Lynch, played by Hannah Friedman, and the sassy dancer Cha-Cha Digregorio, played by Maya Orr.
Thomas Valenti, a seventh grader, plays the humorous greasers Roger and Sonny, and sixth grader Ben Rosenberg is the boyish Doody.
There is a lot of talent on the stage with close to 70 cast members playing the spirited pink ladies, “too cool for school” greasers, spunky cheerleaders, and energetic athletes.
The audience will be dancing in the aisles with musical numbers like We Go Together, Summer Nights, and of course, Greased Lightning.
There are a number of solo performances, including Beauty School Dropout by seventh grade Teen Angel Nathan Strauss, and Born to Hand Jive, sung by seventh grader David Katz as Johnny Casino.
Vince Fontaine, the fast and smooth-talking radio announcer, is played by sixth grader Matthew Lagana, and the funny and gullible Eugene is played by Tyler Melito.
Performances of Grease are Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Weston High School. Tickets may be purchased online at whs-company.com or at the door.
Don’t miss it — “it’s electrifying!”