November 17, 2018

Grease, the Musical Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

 

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER © 2013

<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

The Pink Ladies try to console Sandy after Danny starts acting aloof and “too cool for school” after they reunite. (L-R) Marty (Morgan Bostic), Frenchy (Mollyann Davis), Sandy (Amalia Astin), Rizzo (Claire Bryétt Andrew) and Jan (Maya Pershing)

Topanga Youth Services presented Grease, the Musical at the Topanga Community House on March 8, 9 and 10. The book, music and lyrics were by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The play was directed by Karen Cooke with choreography by Cecile Stuart-Garcia. The set was designed by Andrew Moore and Tim Pershing, Jenny Astin and Guy Moore with lights by Sue Moore, Rob Davis and Karen Cooke. Chris Garcia and Forest Polsky did the sound and Dana Briskman and Jenni Billings created the costumes. The backstage crew were Sebastian Schmid, Keith Kruger, Carmen Flood, Rachel Moore, Puma Buck, Caleb Blue Briskman and Gabe Garcia. Grease is the word...!

<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Between scenes Gabe Garcia (L) and Calleb Briskman (R) offer up some comic relief.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Resident bad girl Cha-Cha Digregoria (Bella Garcia) tries to teach nerdy Eugene (Guy Moore) how to dance.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Danny (Jacob Billings) and Cha-Cha (Bella Garcia) burn up the dance floor at the prom.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

After initially being thrilled to see Sandy again after their summer romance, Danny switches back to acting “too cool for school”. (L-R) Eugene (Guy Moore) Sonny (Mohammad Magee), Kenickie (hidden) Narayan Krueger) Danny (Jacob Billings) Roger (Benjamin Schmid), Doody (Truey Reese), Sandy (Amalia Astin) Rizzo (Claire Bryétt Andrew) Frenchy (Mollyann Davis) and Jan (Maya Pershing)



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Raena Riese and Madeline Lampard really kick things into high gear during the “Hand Jive” at the prom.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

In Auto Shop the gang magically transforms an old heap into “Greased Lightning” (L-R front) Bella Garcia, Doody (Truey Riese), Danny (Jacob Billings), Sonny (Mohammad Magee), and Madeline Lampard. (L-R rear) Rodger (Benjamin Schmid) and Kenickie (Narayan Krueger).



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Principal, Miss Lynch (Amelia Lampard) scolds (L-R) Sonny (Mohammad Magee), Doody (Truey Riese) and Danny (Jacob Billings) for playing around with a guitar instead of getting to class.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

Sandy (Amalia Astin) is sad and “hopelessly devoted” to Danny whose picture she clutches.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

At the pajama party Marty shows the girls a picture of her boyfriend, Freddy, who’s one of many in her wallet. (L-R) Rizzo (Claire Bryétt Andrew), Marty (Morgan Bostic), Frenchy (Mollyann Davis) and Jan (Maya Pershing).



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

A transformed Sandy (Amalia Astin) and Danny (Jacob Billings) declare, “You’re The One That I Want” during the finale of Grease, the Musical.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

The Pink Ladies are less than thrilled that Frenchy has brought goody goody Sandy over to their lunch table. (L-R) Rizzo (Claire Bryétt Andrew), Frenchy (Mollyann Davis), Marty (Morgan Bostic) and Jan (Maya Pershing).



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

The auto shop class gets ready to transform an old heap into “Greased Lightning.” (L-R) Sonny (Mohammad Magee), Roger (Benjamin Schmid) Kenickie (Narayan Krueger), Danny (Jacob Billings), Madeline Lampard, Doody (Truey Riese) and Bella Garcia.



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

At the pajama party, Rizzo (Claire Bryétt Andrew) makes fun of Sandy in “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee.”



<i>Grease, the Musical</i> Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

The entire cast of Grease, The Musical (school version) sings an enthusiastic rendition of “We Go Together.”