‘Grease’ is the word at St. Edmond

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.”

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.

“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.'”