SJC Columbian Players to Revive Classic “Grease”

March 27, 2014

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College are excited to perform “Grease,” written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,for their annual spring musical. The show will be held April 10, 11, and 12 in the Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 pm CDT, and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $5.00 for general admission and free for SJC students, faculty, and staff.

“Grease” is a nostalgic look back at the 1950s era of fast cars and swing dancing through the eyes of the Rydell High School graduating class. The score recreates the rock-and-roll sound of the 1950s with such songs as “Greased Lightning,” “Alone at the Drive-in,” “Beauty School Dropout,” and “We Go Together.” The funny script captures a group of teenagers navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, love, and teen rebellion.

“Grease” follows Danny Zuko, the leader of a band of misfits known as the Burger Palace Boys. Their female counterparts, the Pink Ladies, recruit transfer student Sandy Dumbrowski, who spent the summer getting to know the real Danny Zuko.

“Grease” has received rave reviews in the past. Produced in 1971, the show had an initial run of 3,388 performances, making it the longest running musical in Broadway history until “A Chorus Line”opened a few years later. The show has since had four major revivals, a successful run in London’s West End, and a movie adaptation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

The main cast includes: freshman Music major Jake McCoy of Crown Point, Ind. as Danny Zuko; freshman Elementary Education major Jackie Pankau of Lake Geneva, Wis. as Sandy Dumbrowski; senior Mass Communication major Katie Dittman of Elkhart, Ind. as Rizzo; junior Mass Communication major Megan Hetzel of Valparaiso, Ind. as Frenchy; sophomore Elementary Education major Julie Pater of Berwyn, Ill. as Marty; senior Biology major Shannon Sacksteder of Palmyra, Ind. as Jan; sophomore Music Education major Chris Ritchie of South Bend, Ind. as Kenickie; senior Computer Science major Erik Benson of Hammond, Ind. as Doody; senior English major Tanner Brunson of West Lafayette, Ind. as Roger; sophomore Music major Donny Mori of Crown Point, Ind. as Sonny; senior Business Administration major Margaret Englehart of Saint Paul, Minn. as Patty Simcox; junior Biology-Chemistry major Ashley Pallo of Mishawaka, Ind. as Cha Cha; freshman Mass Communication major Logan James of Logansport, Ind. as Eugene Florczyk; freshman Theatre Arts major Marten Moreno of Berwyn, Ill. as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine; freshman Music major JaQuese Otis of Chicago, Ill. as Johnny Casino; and freshman Psychology major Destiny Bickel of Wanatah, Ind. as Miss Lynch.

Members of the Ensemble include: senior English major Michael Sosnowski of Madison, Ind.; senior Mass Communication major Alycia Tassone of Demotte, Ind.; sophomore Music Education major Taylor Roberts of Indianapolis, Ind.; and sophomore Music Education major Hannah Ramey of Cloverdale, Ind.

Sophomore Psychology major Shannon Kiley of Michigan City, Ind. and senior English major Jessica Ruschke of Lawrenceburg, Ind. will serve as the stage managers.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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