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Stockton Civic Theatre opens season Wednesday with staging of ‘Grease’

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POSTED September 3, 2012 8:11 p.m.

STOCKTON -    The Broadway musical “Grease” is Stockton Civic Theatre’s opening show of the 2012-2013 season. 

Opening Wednesday, Sept. 5, the production is directed by Joseph Toon.  This is Toon’s directorial debut, having accumulated significant experience at SCT, both onstage and backstage. 

“This is the original gritty urban Off-Broadway version, not the sanitized movie version,” says Toon. The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion and sexual explorations during adolescence.

Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 with their duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evokes the look and sound of the 1950’s in this musical.  Head “greaser” Danny Zuko, played by Ian Trueb, and new “good” girl Sandy Dumbrowski, played by Jessica Smith, try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.  Other principals include Matt Saculla as Kenickie, second-in command of the T-Birds; Holly Halay as Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies; and Lydia Merriam-Pigg as Frenchy, the dreamer who can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.

Director Toon has appeared on the SCT stage numerous times, including in this last season’s productions of “Forever Plaid” and “Hairspray”.  He has also served as assistant director on several shows, leading him to this director’s position for “Grease”.   Assisting him will be musical director, Jim Coleman, and choreographer, Terra Fearrand.

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