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ACT Play Review: Grease as fun for cast as it is for crowd

The cast looked like they were having a lot of fun up on stage which really is the point of community theatre.

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The bright charismatic set transforms and ages the theatre with the timely costumes adding their touch. Reminiscing in a time that is no longer, I leaped at the opportunity to hopefully be taken back to that experience that I loved.

Mitchell Area Community Theatre did accomplish just that but had some hiccups along the way.

Robert Tople as Danny Zuko, leader of the Burger Palace Boys, gave audience members a believable take on the young high schooler despite struggling with the demand of high vocals needed in some areas of the music.

Opposite of Tople, Ashley Gaspar played the sweet and naive Sandy Dumbrowski. Ashley gave a wonderful performance and exhibited nice vocals. I would’ve like to see more growth within the character going from a sweet innocent girl to the black leather baddy we all know and love.

The Pink Ladies led by leader Rizzo, played by LizBeth Spinar, Kelsee Hartman as Marty, Natalie McCloud as Jan, and Brittan Flanagan as Frenchy, added a unique dynamic to the entire show. They showed some of the evenings more believable emotion The Burger Palace Boys brought in an unconventional take to represent some characters but seemed to pull it off.

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Second leader of the boys, Riley Harrington as Kenickie helps Zuko navigate the rough waters of love and high school. Other Boys included Tessa DeWitt as Doody, Jordan Beukelman as Sonny, and Mary Pazour as Roger. Playing the character of Teen Angel, Grace Reck Villa presented us with charm and polished vocals, which translated into one of the nights most believable character.

Choreography as well as set and light design all complemented each other nicely and really accented the overall picture. I do disagree with some costuming choices as it seemed that there were quite a few that didn’t fit the time period.

Overall, the cast looked like they were having a lot of fun up on stage which really is the point of community theatre. The show was family friendly and is sure to entertain you with a night full of fun!

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