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'Grease' is the Word at Lanterman Auditorium

Come watch local children in the La Canada Jr. Theatre group re-enact life in the 1950s at Rydell High School. Tap your toes to the musical's favorite numbers that include "Greased Lightning,'' "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "Beauty School Dropout."

'Grease' is the Word at Lanterman Auditorium 'Grease' is the Word at Lanterman Auditorium 'Grease' is the Word at Lanterman Auditorium

This is the third summer that the La Canada Junior Theater will perform hit musical Grease.

The sock-hop music drama is one of the longest running Broadway musicals and a community performance is coming this weekend to nearby .

The cast is excited to show their local family and friends the culmination of their three-week musical theater summer camp.

Performances are Friday, July 27 and Saturday July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

Suzan Spann is the artistic director and producer of the show.

“We have a really great cast this summer...it’s a fun show and every cast member shines,” Spann said. 

Many of the cast members know the talented director of Grease, Thom Vacca, because he is also the Fine Arts specialist in Drama at , and schools. As a working actor and comedian, he has taught the cast many “tricks of the trade.”

The lyrical India Dupre is the show’s singing coach. She taught the kids to belt out all the catchy tunes that include, “You're The One That I Want" and “We Go Together."

All of the dancing in the show was taught by Maria Del Bagno, a professional dance instructor and choreographer. She leads the dance program at South Pasadena High School and has choreographed professionally for TV and film, including projects for Disney.

The musical Grease was first performed in 1971 onstage in Chicago. It was such a success, that in 1978, it was made a movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Come see what life was like in the 1950s at Rydell High School. 

Cast Photo:

Front row: Miranda Garcia, Jessica Mazin, Isabel Moon, Lucy Friedman, Zoe Beach, Emily Klapmust, Ale Plyler, Loran Murray, Devon Clark, Maggie MacKenzie, Amanda Brady.

Second row: Kate Weinlein, Lia Jones, Mazie Wong, Rebecca Moon, Stella Bonstin, Lucy Winzenried, Marissa Halley, Emilie Risha, Amelia Skipper, Olivia Toland, Allison Risha, Sofie Daley, Ashley Peterson, Brooke Beer,Kayley Gonzalez.

Back Row: Luke Steele, Sophia Mastras, Alan Kim, Lauren Halley, Brock Steele, Ethan Avery, Meredith Roberts, Yeji Shin, Nick Nauomovitch, Vivian Helvajian, Jonathan Gonzalez, Rosie Ryden, Emily Wang, Luke Naoumovitch, Emilee Herrmann, Jack Mazin, Moriah Gonzalez, Mary Salmon, Marney Wood, Scott Sevin.

Not pictured: Lara Friedman and Alia Jordan.

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