Cast energized to perform "Grease"

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:50

    VERNON-The Highland Stage, Vernon's professionally staffed, nonprofit community theatre, is back in action this summer with a full-scale Summer Youth production of the Broadway musical, "Grease". The cast, made up of eager and capable young people from the region, is actively rehearsing the songs, dances, and scenes, while technicians begin to prepare the scenery, lighting, and costumes. The show is slated for two successive weekends on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, and August 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., with a Saturday matinee added on August 6 at 2 p.m. Performances take place in Vernon Township High School's air-conditioned auditorium on Rte. 565 in the Glenwood section of the town. The cast is lead by Emilio Tirri as Danny Zuko, Rachel Heintz as Sandy, and supported by Kelly Barfoot as Rizzo, and Rich Sereno as Kenicki. Additional major roles are played by Carlos Cabrera, David Rolando, Scott Wentzell, Keliane Glowacki, Amy Easton, Reiko Goodwin, Ginny Bosch, and Charissa Hom. Supporting roles are contributed by Aaron Freed, Joe Breed, Matt Tiberi, Ryan Eustace, Jared Stanton, Mike Van Vliet, Jennifer LaMonica, Brittany Beattie, Amanda Cohen, and Emily Sireno. These talented, veteran performers are backed by a large ensemble of young people from the entire area, to make up a total cast of 54. The production is directed by Heather Hamilton, and William Donald serves as producer. They are supported by musical director Faith Anderson, choreographer Renee Ziegler, stage manager Jeff Christian, production designer and technical director Eric Delhauer, and costume designer Beth Fielding. "Grease" is a nostalgic musical that serves to remind many adults of a bygone era, while introducing many young people to the early days of rock and roll, and the social atmosphere that surrounded many public high schools of the late 1950's. Program advertisements and boosters can be ordered through any cast member. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets can be reserved or ordered by calling 973-875-3039 or 973-764-1693.