Grease will soon be the word again as Fort Hays State University students and faculty prepare to stage the production.
It will be the first major production of the fall in the Felten-Start Theatre, opening its six-night run at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. It will be directed, costumed and choreographed by Rachel Hogwood, Hays.
The show will continue its run with shows on Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 10-12.
"We wanted to start with something fun that people would be excited about, would know and could sing along to," said Michael Hogwood, instructor of communication at Fort Hays State University.
"Grease is something that can be fun for the students to perform and for the audience to watch," he said.
Chris Colwell, Hays senior, plays Danny, the leader of the leather-clad gang the T-Birds, consisting of Doody, played by Aaron Bowen, Garden City freshman; Kenickie, played by James Geist Jr., Hays senior; Scott Hand, Ellsworth senior, playing Sonny; and Roger, played by Thomas Swift, Lindsborg freshman.
"Danny's pretty cool," Colwell said. "He's pretty much your stereotypical, big, confident, cool guy. This is a lot different than most of the roles I've done."
Danny meets Sandy, played by Megan Taylor, Salina freshman, during the summer and the two instantly fall in love.
Danny and Sandy believe that they will never see each other again until Sandy's parents decide to move and Sandy ends up in the same school as Danny, where she finds that he is much different at school because he has a reputation to maintain.
Lonely, Sandy makes friends with the female gang The Pink Ladies (Marty, played by Laura Decker, Lindsborg, freshman; Frenchy, played by Megan Greer, Hays freshman; Rizzo, played by Jamie Hickel, WaKeeney, senior; and Jan, played by Sarah Rogers, Augusta graduate student).
With The Pink Ladies help, Sandy tries to become every Greasers dream.
The play also features English teacher Miss Lynch, played by Kate Affentranger, Hays junior; Johnny Casino and Teen Angel, played by Mark Colwell, Hays freshman; DJ at the school dance, Vince Fontane, played by Trevor Duell, Salina freshman; head cheerleader Patty, played by Michelle Lippert, Hays senior; and Danny's dance partner Cha-Cha, played by Erin Pouch, Newton freshman.
Bruce Bardwell, assistant professor of communication studies, is the scenic and technical director; Dr. James Brown, assistant professor of music, is the music director; Cody Hughes, Leoti senior, is the stage manager; Lisa Lucero, Lyons junior, is the assistant stage manager; Michael Dunavan, Pawnee Rock graduate student, is the associate stage manager; Pam McGowne of Hays is the rehearsal pianist; Pete Hardy, Overland Park junior, does lighting design; and Lydia Kopsa, Concordia freshman, is the prop manager.
Tickets for Grease will be $7 for students and $8 for the general public.
Season tickets are still available for $10 to on-campus students, $15 for off-campus students and $22 to non-students, respectably.