GREENDALE - Greendale High School is going back to the 1950s in its presentation of "Grease" this month.
Performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and March 17-18, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 12, at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway.
Grease focuses on the lives of students at Rydell High School in the 1950s, featuring songs such as “Greased Lightin’” and “It’s Raining on Prom Night.”
Tickets are $10 for adults or $8 for seniors and students 18 and younger. The Sunday matinee tickets are $7 for everyone. All seats are reserved for the two-hour production that includes one intermission.
Greendale High School Theater Director Eric Christiansen said the last few years the school had a lot of success getting guys interested to audition, so they “wanted to pick a show that continued on with that tradition.”
“We wanted a well-known show that’s lots of fun that we could get into,” Christiansen said. “Grease is a very popular musical and lots of people know it.”
Christiansen said the students have a really good rapport with each other which helps in making the main two groups – the guys in the T-Birds gang and the Pink Ladies – be more believable.
“The kids aren’t faking it, they genuinely like each other and goof around like this,” Christiansen said. “They love this show because they get to play themselves.”
Christiansen said the choreography is “really outstanding and high energy” and the performers “just sound so good.”
Christiansen said one of the biggest issues with "Grease" is that it can send the wrong message.
He said Sandy, the female lead being played by Rose Mochalski, comes in as a nice girl and falls in with the crowd of girls who smoke, drink, and encourage her to do things “against her nature.” Christiansen said in the end, she wanted to remain in her relationship with Danny, the male lead being played by John Poppe.
He said Sandy does what she does to “be her own woman” while Danny does things, such as joining the track team “for the sole purpose of getting the girl.”
“If her character is a stronger character throughout the play, her switch makes more sense in a self-actualizing way,” Christiansen said. “She’s changing herself because she wants to, not just for him.”