Suzart Productions presents Grease

Now in their 10th season providing family-friendly community theatre to Ottawa audiences, Sue Fowler Dacey and Elaine McCausland (fresh off her 2011-2012 Capital Critics Award nomination for best set design for Suzart’s The King and I ) present Suzart’s rendition of the popular musical, Grease.

From Suzart’s blog:

Suzart GreaseGrease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as the greasers. The musical, set in 1959 follows ten teenagers as they navigate the complexities of  teenage rebellion, love, cars, and drive-ins – all to the sounds of early rock and roll.  It remains Broadway’s fourteenth longest-running show.

[Director] Sue [Fowler-Dacey] says that those familiar with the movie will find some differences. Some songs were added and removed for the film version to accommodate its casting choice for Sandy, Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. Song and script changes are common when moving from one media to another. In the case of Grease, the stage version was modified for film. Then as a result of the film’s popularity, the original script was edited in 2007 to be closer to the film. Suzart will be presenting the original 1971 score and script.

“The cast is great, committed and cohesive”, Sue proudly says of her stage actors. “They have really been pulling for each other” , she adds. For example, they’ve asked for extra rehearsals to keep polishing the show.

Her favorite parts are the dance numbers that add liveliness to the show. “They are interesting and well-done.” Sue feels that the poignant scene is when Sandy, in her bedroom, decides to not be straight-laced  but to have fun. It is the point when she affirms herself.

A car has a special feature in the show. Suzart crew scrounged about and found the front of a 1986 Jaguar. It’ll be perfect for this production. ‘Greased Lightin’ it is!

Book, music and lyrics for Grease are by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.  The show is directed by Sue Fowler-Dacey.  The production has a 4-show run at Centrepointe’s Studio Theatre (101 Centrepointe Drive), December 7th & 8th at 7:30 pm, and December 8th & 9th at 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $27.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors/students, and $17.50 for children. They can be purchased online at the Centrepointe website, by calling 613-580-2700, or at the box office.

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Preview article prepared by Reena Belford with information and image from the Suzart Productions website and blog.

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