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Northview set to present 'Grease'

Monday, April 25, 2011

Northview High School drama students Alyssa Hood, Sam Gibbens, and Gwendolyn Snow perform the bedroom scene during a dress rehearsal for "Grease." Snow, who plays a fun and friendly Frenchie, is attempting to pierce perfectly pure Sandy's (Hood) ears while at a Pink Ladies slumber party. Jan, played by Sam Gibbens, excitedly looks over Sandy's shoulder. [Order this photo]
Northview High School Drama Department students are "hopelessly devoted" to putting on an entertaining musical for audience members this weekend.

The students will perform the musical "Grease" Friday at 7:30 p.m., and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

"It's going to be funny. It's one of the best musicals our school has ever put on. Some of us spent our own money, and our directors put in a whole bunch of extra hours," senior Gwendolyn Snow said, who plays fun-loving and friendly Frenchie.

Northview High School students Kevin Waelbroeck (front) and Jaike Matthews (background) sing the male portion of "Summer Night's" during a dress rehearsal for "Grease." Waelbroeck stars as rebel rouser Danny Zuko and Matthews plays Greaser sidekick and music man, Doody. [Order this photo]
Senior Kevin Waelbroeck plays rebel rouser and heartthrob Danny Zuko (John Travolta's character). Waelbroeck said he had to watch the movie frequently to get into character.

"Playing my character is a lot of acting real macho and real tough, and that's not exactly who I am," Waelbroeck said. "I get to do a lot of lifts with the girl who plays Cha-Cha. She starts out facing the audience and I have to swing her under my legs twice."

Waelbroeck isn't the only one who has to bust out some challenging dance moves.

Snow explained she has to perform a swing move called a V-sit, where her dance partners have to hold her up in the air while she keeps her back straight and her legs angled into a v-shape. She has to hold this pose with no support.

"It's all in the abs. I have definitely become a better dancer. Trying to make my feet do what my mind wants them to do is hard sometimes."

Junior Alyssa Hood plays sweet and hopelessly romantic Sandy (Olivia Newton-John's character).

"My favorite is the lunch scene. I like to sing, 'Summer Nights.' It's a really good song because all the girls get to be together, have fun, gossip and tell what happened over the summer," Hood said. "This play has changed me so much because I have never had to work so hard for something in my life. It's going to be a really good show and I'll be proud of it."

There are two casts for the show. One cast will perform Saturday afternoon and the other cast will perform twice. Each performance will still have all cast members in the show, but different students will play the characters.

"It (the musical) really improves class relations. I didn't know many of the other students before. Because we are performing 'Grease,' our cast is not just people who are normally in all the productions." Snow said.

Drama Director Chrystal Chrysler told The Brazil Times she loves to watch the students develop and learn throughout practices.

"They come in knowing nothing. We start out just acting, then we add in the singing and the dancing. They come in with a clean slate and it's great to see it all come together," Chrysler said.

Northview musical participants and directors invite members of the community to come and see the show even if they have no personal connection with the students.

"This musical has an appeal to the community that others don't. Most people have seen the movie before, and if the person grew up in this era it can serve as a flashback for them. That's the best thing to draw them in," Chrysler said.

Seating will be reserved and tickets may be purchased in advance through the Northview Media Center or by calling 448-2661 Ext. 1235. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

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Break a leg kids!!!! I know the play will be great.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 9:11 PM

Can't wait to see the show!

-- Posted by Sunspotbaby on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 9:25 PM

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