The word around high school: ‘Grease’ Brownstown Central students fall in love with theatrical excitement


A cast of 44 Brownstown Central High School students plan to present the musical “Grease” this weekend.

“Compared to other musicals, I don’t think it is the most difficult to perform, especially with a wonderful cast and amazing adult team/staff to support it all,” said Stephanie Brock, the play’s director.

The students will portray the musical story of a greaser and a good girl who fall in love during a summer fling in the 1950s.

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The part of Danny the greaser is played by Kent Criminger, while his co-star, Sandy, is played by Destiny Duncan.

Through a series of events, the two must decide if they can reconnect after Sandy winds up at Danny’s high school, and they try to start a new romance. Some of the obstacles that get in their way appear to be too much.

The production also stars Maddy Jones, Madison McGinnis, Madison Persinger and Sara Martin as members of the “Pink Ladies,” the rebel girls group complementing Danny’s group, the “T-Birds.”

The greaser T-Birds are played by Noah Reynolds, Mitchell Banks, Tyler Lawson and Trenton Rogers.

The musical, also made into a movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, features a number of well-known songs.

Among the most famous of the songs performed, in any rendition, is “Greased Lightning.” This show will feature a real car on loan from Brownstown resident Carl Shake.

Seventeen of the cast members are seniors.

“We do have a large number of seniors participating this year,” said Brock, who is directing the musical with Alisha Griffin. “For many of them, this was their first time to participate in a musical. They have stepped up and been fine examples of leadership and shown encouragement to the younger cast members.

“People should come to see this musical to support our young people and the fine arts program. This is a fun musical for all ages, and due to the group of students involved, it is exciting to watch,” Brock said.

The Thursday and Friday shows will begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 500 N. Elm St., with a Saturday show beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $7 in advance or at the door each night of the performances and may be purchased at The Peoples Bank, Ewing Unique, Family Drug, Brownstown Central High School and Brownstown Central Middle School, all in Brownstown.

Choral students are selling gift cards for discounts of varying amounts to local businesses. To purchase a card, contact the school’s choral department.

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What: Production of the musical “Grease”

Where: Auditorium at Brownstown Central High School

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $7 per person

Tickets: Available in Brownstown at The Peoples Bank, Ewing Unique, Family Drug, Brownstown Central High School and Brownstown Central Middle School


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