(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will stage four performances of Grease from Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2. Grease is a rock n' roll high school musical celebration of growin' up, cruisin' with friends and goin' steady. MPAC's seventh annual spring production will feature a cast of over 50 young performers from teens to early 20s, Equity guest artists and other special guests. Tickets are $20-30.
MPAC'S production will feature songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture for the first time ever on Broadway including "Sandy," the Academy Award nominated song "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Grease" and "You're the One That I Want" both of which were #1 hits on the Billboard Top 100 list. These songs will be heard in addition to the Jacobs/Casey songs made famous by the original stage production including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'" and "We Go Together."
Grease will be directed by MPAC Education Director Cathy Roy. Charles Santoro will serve as Musical Director. Choreography by Jayme Wappel. "We are having the best time working on this classic, uplifting and nostalgic musical!" Roy said. "We felt that this was the year to choose a show that could provide our audiences with an experience that will fully entertain them and provide a brief escape from the stress of today's society."
Leading the cast as Equity Guest Artists are Christian Leadley (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages) as "Danny Zuko" and Glenn Devar as "Kenickie." "Our Guest Artist program utilizes professional actors in two to three of our leading roles for every production," said Cathy Roy. "This mentorship program provides a great opportunity for our talented performers to learn alongside true professionals!"
Cast members include: Briana Ascione (Sandy) - Randolph, NJ; Emma Kaivan (Frenchy) - Washington, NJ; Hope Keil (Marty) - Randolph, NJ; Jessie Bush (Roger) - Randolph, NJ; Kelly Belarmino (Rizzo) - Whippany, NJ; and Kenny Lee (Doody) - Parsippany, NJ.
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Performances will be held:
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 1 at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 2 at 2:00pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2018-2019 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.
Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South Street in Morristown, New Jersey.