The Musical ‘Grease’ Kicks Off This Week at Keystone High School

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Published March 12, 2024 4:45 am
The Musical ‘Grease’ Kicks Off This Week at Keystone High School

KNOX, Pa. (EYT) – The musical “Grease” will kick off on Thursday evening, March 14, at Keystone High School.

[Pictured above: The Pink Ladies of “Grease” left to right — seniors Sarah Cotton (as Marty), Lila Terro (as Sandy-lead), Bryanna Mong (as Frenchy), Bella Black (as Jan), and Mariah Beary (as Rizzo).]

“Grease”–similar to the movie made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John which follows the lives of some rebellious teens in the 1950s–will be performed by 75 Keystone students in grades 7 through 12. In addition, the stage crew, comprised of 18 students, will be responsible for the stage, lights, and sound.

Jacob Hoffman, a senior, will be in the pit band as a pianist.

Sophomores Kobe Buzard (Danny) and Lila Terro (Sandy) are the lead characters.

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<p><em><strong>[Pictured above: The Greasers (t-birds), left to right — seniors Collin LaVan (Doody) and Kobe Buzard (Danny-lead), junior Drew Custer (Sonny), and seniors Sam Hunsberger (Kenickie) and Brendan Flebotte (Roger)]</strong></em></p>
<p>The cast also includes senior Jordan McElravy (Patty), junior Kaleb Gooden (Eugene), seniors Alannah Fulton (Miss Lynch), Jerod Schruers (Vince Fontaine), Kylee King (Radio Voice), and Mason Thompson (Teen Angel), junior Nate Buzard (Johnny Casino) and sophomore Peyton McGiffin (Cha-Cha).</p>
<p>The students started rehearsing for the play after Christmas break, and in early January, they had their first rehearsal.</p>
<p>The majority of the choreography was created and taught by senior Jordan McElravy who plays Patty. Jordan has been dancing since she was three and competing for the past 10 years with Dancer’s Studio in Clarion.</p>
<p>Directors Kami Coursen and Chris Long are proud to announce that two of the leads in the play made it to PMEA ALL-STATE choir, Danny played by sophomore Kobe Buzard placed 3rd chair as Tenor 1, and Doody played by senior Collin LaVan placed first chair Tenor 2 at Regional Choir on Thursday, March 7th.</p>
<p>While this is the first time for this group of students to perform “Grease,” another group of Keystone students practiced diligently in March 2020 to perform the same play. Nevertheless, one week before the show was to be presented the COVID-19 Pandemic shut down the schools.</p>
<p>Thanks to community members, the stage–created by former Keystone art teacher, Fred Carrow, and his students at the time–was carefully taken apart, labeled, and stored. Russ Lander and Garry Henry, whose children graduated in 2020, and Kelly Gooden, have volunteered many hours to reassemble the Grease 2020 set to use this year.</p>
<p>Danielle Fye has directed the art team to finish the 2024 set. One major addition to the set from 2020 is an actual car designed, rebuilt, and brought to life by cast member Drew Custer, his father AJ Custer, and grandfather Don Custer.</p>
<p>Since the cast of 2020 never had the opportunity to perform their version of “Grease,” they have been invited by directors Kami Coursen and Chris Long to join this year’s cast after the curtain call on the final night to sing “We Go Together” one last time.</p>
<p>“Grease” will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Additional shows will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.</p>
<p>Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at <a href=www.ticketor.com/kma. Tickets will also be sold at the door, based on availability.

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