A portion of the cast of “Grease” rehearses a scene as they prepare for this weekend's production. From left are Tasha Terrence playing Frenchy, Ruth DeLano playing Rizzo, Sara Schultz playing Jan, Sydnie Huffman playing Marty, Danielle Zinsmaster playing Sandy and Lindsey Weiss playing Patty Simcox.  SUBMITTED PHOTOS
A portion of the cast of “Grease” rehearses a scene as they prepare for this weekend's production. From left are Tasha Terrence playing Frenchy, Ruth DeLano playing Rizzo, Sara Schultz playing Jan, Sydnie Huffman playing Marty, Danielle Zinsmaster playing Sandy and Lindsey Weiss playing Patty Simcox. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
The Fillmore Central Drama Department is excited to be presenting "Grease" as its spring musical this year. Director Jackie Whitacre and her drama students will bring the classic story to the stage on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. The event will be held in the stage gym at the high school in Harmony.

"Grease" was created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and was originally staged as a five-hour amateur production in a Chicago trolley barn. "Grease" took a satirical look at the dress, manners, morals and music of teenagers at the beginning of the rock and roll era. The plot revolves primarily around the attraction between greaser Danny Zuko and the virtuous Sandy Dumbrowski. The show spawned such musical hits as "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "Beauty School Dropout."

"Grease" opened at the Off-Broadway Eden Theatre, moved on to Broadway at the Broadhurst, and was eventually transferred to the Royale. Along the way, it enjoyed a run of 3,388 performances - a record which would stand until 1980 when it was overtaken by "A Chorus Line." The original cast featured Barry Bostwick and Carole Demas.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John starred in the 1978 film version.

The cast of "Grease" is led by Danielle Zinsmaster as Sandy and Cody Hendrickson as Danny. The supporting cast includes Gwen Petrillo as Miss Lynch; Lindsey Weiss as Patty Simcox; Kirby O'Connor as Eugene Florczyk; Sara Schultz as Jan; Sydnie Huffman as Marty; Ruth DeLano as Rizzo; Nick Ebner as Doody; Mitch Gibson as Roger; Matt Guttormson as Kenickie; Lee Dyerson as Sonny; Tasha Terrence as Frenchy; Sam Bahl as Vince Fontaine; Cal Larson as Johnny Casino; Nargiza as Cha-Cha and Matson Kiehne as Teen Angel.

Members of the chorus are Will Nolan, Alex Mathison, Christian Harrison, Megan Hendrickson, Cami Jones, Leah Scheevel, Allison Coyle, Anna Christoph, Michaela Lund, Laura Donney, Gabrielle Shupe, Kiera Olson, Skyelar Vrieseth, Kaitie Hansen, Alyssa Melancon, Annalise Shupe, Grace Miller, Taylor Wilford, Mackenzie Smith, Kelsey Christoph, Helen DeLano and Carlee Birch.

This year, several musicians will provide their talents in the orchestra pit. They include Chris Collett on drums; Vaughan Schmidt on bass; Paul Schmidt on guitar and Debrah Fordice on piano. She also serves as the musical director with Bill Fordice. Kadie Smith developed choreography.

The crew consists of Student Director Sarah Reicks and Assistant Student Director Bailey Soma. Keeley Todd is the crew head for costume and make-up and Braden Hahn leads the set crew. Set design was by Sarah Reicks. Alex Love is in charge of lights and Devin Whitacre coordinates the sound. Dana Parkhurst and Deja Lind are in charge of promotions and front of house.

Join the students and their directors for a fun-filled evening listening to these popular classic tunes. Admission at the door is $5 for adults and $3 for students.