Story by: Shelby Caldwell, staff writer
Random, wacky, and entertaining, the musical “Grease” has captivated audiences for decades with its timeless high school love story. This classic show came to the live stage in the small town of Fortville in March. Ten West Community Theater took on the task of bringing this show to life.
The musical took place on March 26 through the 28 and each performance was sold out. After several appearances in the local newspaper, the word “Grease” spread like wildfire.
The show was a great opportunity for the community of Fortville and the surrounding area to get together for a night full of laughter. The venue is only five minutes away from the school so the audience was filled with several Mt. Vernon students.
Audience member Ally Stanfield, 12 said, “I loved seeing the stage version of a show I’ve grown up watching. Watching all of my friends shining up on that stage-it was beyond great. I loved the cast, the music, and the show altogether.”
The show featured many Mt. Vernon students who worked very hard to make the show possible. The leading roles Sandy and Danny were played by Ashley Fritz, 11 and Jake McCarty, 12. The show also featured Stephani McDole, 12, as Rizzo and Derek Bond, 12, as Kenickie.
Rylie Gendron, 11, who played Frenchie said, “I loved being a part of a cast that was so passionate and dedicated to the show. It was an honor to perform in such an iconic show as a well-known character. The experience overall was extremely rewarding and magical.”
The show featured all of the classic songs from the film version like “We Go Together” and “You’re the One that I Want,” but also added a few new songs to contribute to the character of some of the more minor roles. Nearly everyone in the show had their moment to shine.
If you missed the show, do not fret, Ten West has plans for more musicals in the future, including a possible summer show.