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Steamboat Springs High School presents “Grease” musical

— Sandy, Danny, the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies and dozens of others have spent the past two months rehearsing for Steamboat Springs High School's production of “Grease,” with shows this weekend and next.

The show has about 80 students singing and dancing to classic “Grease” favorites on an impressive set that includes a handcrafted jukebox, a moving classic car and realistic projected images of the Burger Palace and other favorite “Grease” locales.

"It's a timeless classic that everyone will sing along to," said Jamie Oberhansly, SSHS drama teacher and play director.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. Friday, March 24 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, and 6 p.m. Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.

Senior Keala Fraioli, who plays Sandy and is play choreographer, said she was pleased to see more boys, about a dozen, turn out to audition for the play this year.

"It's fun that we have such a dance-heavy show," Fraioli said.

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Senior Libby Lukens, who plays Jan, a Pink Lady, and senior Charlie Harrington, who plays Danny, said they liked the show’s classic appeal.

“The costumes are so much fun,” Lukens said.

Junior Henry Tisch, who plays T-Birds member Doody, said it was interesting to consider the differences between what high school might have been like when Grease was set in the late 1950s versus today.

"Cliques were a big thing, and you would have jackets that you wear for your group," Tisch said.

Harrington said at Steamboat Springs High School, it isn't weird for a student such as himself to participate in theater, sports and other clubs, but the characters in Grease are serious about sticking to one crowd only.

Co-stage manager Lana Pivarnik said it's been a lot of work to put together a show with so many actors, but she's enjoyed the experience.

"It's awesome seeing everything come together," Pivarnik said. "I'm so excited for the show."

Assistant director Iain Grant, a senior, said with so many actors, an unexpected challenge of the show was coordinating bows at the end and determining logistics for staging different scenes.

"Organized chaos is our motto," Fraioli said.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seating, $12 for adults, $10 for students or $5 for students with an activity pass and are available at Steamboat Springs High School or All That.

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If you go:

What: Steamboat Springs High School production of “Grease”

Where: SSHS, 45 E. Maple St.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, March 24 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and 6 p.m. Friday, March 21 and Saturday, April 1

Tickets: $20 for reserved seating, $12 for adults, $10 for students or $5 for students with an activity pass. Available at SSHS or All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

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