For a change of pace, this year the St. Edmond High School students will present a well-known classic.
"We picked this show because there was a bunch student interest in it," said director Nicole Brown. "Plus, I think it serves as a good contrast with shows that we've done recently."
This is the school version of "Grease," she said, similar to the movie in many ways but with some material taken out "that maybe isn't appropriate for a school show."
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Libby Augustine, who plays Frenchie, rehearses the song “Beauty School Dropout” with Teen Angel Tommy Setterdahl in the St. Edmond High School production of “Grease,”?which opens Thursday.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
No production of “Grease” is complete without the pink jackets of the Pink Ladies. They are, from left, Libby Augustine, as Frenchie; Olivia Trevino, as Rizzo; and Allie Oberg, portraying Jan.
There are also some songs in the musical that are not in the movie.
"That way the audience isn't coming in with it completely - with the show already mapped out in their head, of how they think it should go. We can get rid of some of those expectations," said Brown.
Maddie McCarville, a junior, plays the leading role of Sandy. She said it's a bit tricky to play a well-known part like this since people will expect what they've seen before.
If you go:
WHAT: St. Edmond High School Musical
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. matinee Saturday
WHERE: St. Edmond High School Auditorium, 2220 Fourth Ave. N
TICKETS: $9 evenings, $8 matinee. Available in the high school office or at the door.
Sandy - Maddie McCarville
Rizzo - Olivia Trevino
Frenchy - Libby Augustine
Marty - Natalie Japuntich
Jan - Allie Oberg
ChaCha - Meg Lowe
Patty Simcox - Meggie Frischmeyer
Miss Lynch - Clare Flattery
Female Radio Singer - Katie Ahlers
Girl/Sheila's Voice - MacKenzie Kelso
Scientist's Voice - Michelle Curtis
Danny - Callaghan Coleman
Kenickie - Seth Reel
Doody - David Flattery
Roger - Jimmy Averill
Sonny - Robby Burke
Johnny Casino - Tristan Sitzmann
Vince Fontaine - Thomas Woodruff
Eugene - Vinnie Harvey
Teen Angel - Tommy Setterdahl
Hero's Voice - Conor Hanley
Chorus: Sarah Benjamin, Katy Bocken, Jaci Brungardt, Ellen Chalstrom, Leah Cosgrove, Katie Donnelly, Ashley Edge, Miranda Engledinger, McKenzie Flaherty, Julia Fletcher, Mara Forsythe, Rachel Fosbender, Kylie Guldenpfennig, Emma Halligan, Josie Heesch, Britta Heidenreich, Emily Johnson, Annie Kersten, Jessica Kuebler, Myca Lee, Hannah Lentsch, Mary-Claire Li, Jessica McClintock, Melissa Mikos, Emilee Mobley, Lauren Moeding, Jazmine Myers, Mary O'Connell, Alexis Perrin, Lily Peterson, Rhiannon Peterson, Maric Salocker, Paige Savery, Bree Wertz, Carter Bemrich, Weston Dayton, Colin Flattery, Robert Flattery, Parker Huebsch, Reid Johnson, Josh Lee, Casey McEvoy, T.J. O'Tool, John Woodruff
Feature Dancers: Jaci Brungardt, Lauren Moeding, Paige Savery, Maric Salocker, Jazmine Myers, Katy Bocken, Melissa Mikos
"But then again you can make it your own, and people like to see your individuality come out."
McCarville has been in musicals before, but never tried out for a major role.
"It's really exciting. I'm nervous," she said. "It's a new experience for me.
"I'm really excited for the scene change where Sandy comes out being a totally different person. I think people will really like that."
Junior Cal Coleman, who plays Danny, agreed that it's very exciting to get to be in this play.
"I'm really excited the director chose it," he said. "And it's great for the audience since it's such a familiar musical."
Coleman and McCarville are big fans of the movie, and McCarville said she watched it over and over when she found out her part. But some in the chorus had never seen it before.
"I would say 75 to 80 percent have seen the movie before," said Brown. "I was surprised how many hadn't seen it."
Olivia Trevino, a senior, has been in musicals throughout high school. This year she plays Rizzo, and has enjoyed getting to play such a different character.
"I'm a nerd, I'm nothing like Rizzo," she said.
Though the musical is familiar, the language it uses is not.
"I feel like since it's in a different era, it's hard for some of us to grasp mannerisms, colloquial stuff, the lingo," Trevino said. "I feel like '50s kids would be like, 'Oh my gosh, kids in 2013 talk like weirdos.'"