Variety of talent graces stage in hit musical Grease

February 21, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Grease, one of the top five most popular musicals in America, will be performed for the spring musical at UW-Platteville. The show had a record 3,388 performances on Broadway and was one of the longest running shows of its time.

Performances will be held March 5-8 at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre. The play takes place in the 1950s, but was written in the 1970s. The original script was altered and made into a popular movie. UWP, however, will be performing the original script.

The theme of the play is based on the concept of a group of teenagers trying to get through high school while dealing with their social lives and their changing bodies.

Musically there is a chronology of rock and roll, blues, and ends with a swing movement. The music is also vocally challenging.

Tickets are $7 general admission, $6 for faculty, $5 for seniors and under 18, and $3 for UWP students.

"The audience will see some new faces this year," said McCaslin-Doyle. "Many of our lead positions have been filled by freshmen."

McCaslin-Doyle is the director of theatre studies at UWP, artistic director of the Dickinson Theatre Project, artistic director of the Heartland Art Festival and received the Special Recognition Award for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

The production will be made possible through a combination of talents. Barbara Burdick is artistic and musical director, John McCaslin-Doyle is stage director, Michael O'Brien is set and technical designer, Marjean McCaslin-Doyle is costume designer, Doug Mackie is choreographer and Barry Ellis will conduct the orchestra.

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