Rye Neck High School to Present ‘Grease’

Rye Neck High School to Present ‘Grease’ photo
Rye Neck High School will present the beloved romantic comedy production of “Grease” as its musical from Feb. 28 through March 2. Having worked on the production for months, the dedicated group of performers will inspire audience members to laugh, dance and sing along. 

Directed by theater director Scott Harris, the musical features a talented cast and crew of Rye Neck students who are supported by Francesca DeAngelo as choreographer and Kathryn Krull as music director. Donning their leather jackets and poodle skirts, the students will bring to life on stage the familiar songs and dance numbers, such as “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights” and “We Go Together.”

“It’s nonstop fun right from the get-go,” Harris said. “Each and every one of our students is working their hearts out to put on an outstanding show for the audience and to create something they can be proud of.” 

The musical follows a group of American teenagers attending the fictional Rydell High School in the 1950s as they navigate love and peer pressure. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding greaser, Danny Zuko – played by Ryan Boron– and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski – played by Naomi Young – and how school cliques and peer pressure complicate their love.

During a recent rehearsal, the students were treated to a special visit by actor Carole Demas, who created the role of Sandy in the very first Broadway production of “Grease” in 1972. Having worked with the original composers and writers of the show and starring in the production for several years, she shared insight about each character, provided the students with advice and answered their questions in preparation for their own performances. 

“She had insights into each of the roles our students are playing that only she could give, and the students all left that evening feeling like they’d learned something about their characters, and how to approach performing in ‘Grease’ in general,” Harris said. “We’re very fortunate to have had her here, and we’re very grateful for her generosity.”

As a special treat to its youngest audience members after a child-friendly Saturday matinee performance, Rye Neck High School will invite children to meet the cast in the lobby, come up onstage and take a photograph with the “Greased Lightning” car. Then, children who are interested will be treated to a backstage tour, where they’ll be invited to see how the musical is put together. 

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the performances are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. For more information, visit www.rnhssm.booktix.com.