PANAMA CITY — Yes, “Grease is the word” again for high school students at North Bay Haven Charter Academy.
Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson, Kenickie and Rizzo are back together as “Grease” returns for a second production by North Bay Haven students May 12-14 at 7 p.m. nightly at the Amelia Tapper Auditorium in the Gulf Coast State College, 5230 WUS 98.
Tickets are on sale, adults $10 and elementary students getting in free. To purchase tickets, contact North Bay Haven at 850-248-0801 or 850-248-0205.
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Show director Casey Naggiar said she was delighted that the students worked hard during three months of rehearsals.
“I’ve seen a lot of newcomers open up to become confident with their acting and singing skills,” Naggiar said. “I love that theater accepts everyone, and there’s always room for someone to grow in that aspect.”
North Bay Haven’s “Grease” involves a two-act production of student singing and acting scenes that follow a similar storyline to the original film. Additionally, the show draws inspiration from composers and playwrights Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey through the book, screenplay, music, and lyrics of “Grease.”
The family show features musical performances by approximately 40 students from eighth grade through high school, a pit orchestra, and the technical team from the North Bay Haven Fine Arts Department. Additionally, the show will include a wooden car handcrafted by production students.
Music director Marlene Paige said she had the pleasure of working with performing arts students for several years.
“Our first ‘Grease’ production (in 2017) featured the senior citizens who are now the main characters in this year’s productions, so it’s come full circle now, and they’ve amazed me over the years,” said Paige. “I had the opportunity to watch them grow as good people with great character, and it’s great to see them become very creative.”
Over the past seven years, North Bay Haven has also held productions for “Serious Comedy”, “Into the Woods”, “The Pirates of the Zans”, “Guys and Dolls”, “High School Musical” and “Beauty and the Beast”. .”
Paige has stressed the importance of introducing fine art to elementary school students and sees it as a way for students to gain experience in theatre.
“Looking at the fine arts in our country, a lot of schools are cutting these programs,” Paige said. “It saddens me because people don’t realize that fine art helps students come out of their shells and explore life.”
For more information or to become a sponsor of North Bay Haven’s “Grease” production, contact Paige at [email protected]