‘Grease’ one slick show Spring musical sells out all three nights 6.05 E

‘Grease’ one slick show
Spring musical sells out all three nights
Brittany Glembot,
Journalism Two
Walking down the halls of school, you
hear students talking, locker doors
slamming, and...singing.
In Rydell, the setting of the Broadway
play “Grease,” students do.
This second longest running
Broadway musical was performed at PH
on May 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30, “Grease”
was a slick hit.
Auditorium doors opened at 7:15, and
people were lined up at the doors waiting
to get in.
Even though Patriot Players only
finished the set fifteen minutes before
opening, the performance was amazing.
From the opening chords to the last, the
acting, singing, and choreography were
Forest Gladstone, who played one of
the lead roles as Sandra, sang in a
beautifully clear voice that carried
throughout the auditorium.
Likewise, her co-star Stephen Belyea
who played Sandra’s summer love
Danny, also sang remarkably well.
Besides just having excellent singing
though, the acting in the play was
amazing. There was no time in the play
where everyone was standing waiting for
someone to remember their lines, or where
someone came in too early.
There was just the right amount of
comedy (an example of which could be
Brandon Henley’s solo called
“Mooning”) too, to offset the semi–
seriousness of the rest of the play, which
was shown in the decisions that Sandy
had to make to change who she was to
make Danny like her (demonstrated in
her song “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee”).
Another funny part, which doubled as
an example of the crew’s ingenuity, was
how they brought on a golf cart to play
the part of the famous “Greased
Lighting,” a fact which they used in
several jokes during the play. Rizzo,
played by Skylar Gudas, said that “it
looks like a camoflauged golf cart!” in
response to Danny’s showing her his
Although the lighting, lines, and
costumes were all spectacular, I believe
that this play could not have been as
Title of book: In the Time of the Butterflies
Author: Julia Alvarez
Book Genre: fiction
Number of pages: 321
Cover Price: $14.00
Publishing co.: PLUME
Overall rating: Read it today; don’t put it down till
good as it was without the amazing acting
and singing of Forrest Gladstone.
Gladstone really took the part and
made it her own– she sang her parts with
convction and said her lines as if she
really was Sandy.
The same goes for the rest of the
members of the cast– all of them made
their parts come alive, and after seeing
“Grease,” it is easy to see why it has
stayed around for so long.
The cast sings “Greased Lightning,” a tribute to 50’s “muscle
cars.” The camo golf cart drew extra laughs from the audience . (Staff)
you’re done!!!
Other books by the author: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their
The plot: Dede is the only Mirabal sister left alive out of four.
Why? Because the other three stood up to the Dominican
Republic dictator Trujillo.
Throughout the book the narrator changes, from Dede, to
her sister Minerva, to their sister Patria, to their sister Mate,
and then back to Dede. Although they all talk about their
lives individually, they all also talk about the revolution that
they all but Dede become a part of.
Eventually, even Dede wants to become a butterfly like the
rest of her sisters (mariposa-or butterfly were the sisters’
code names) but does not because of her husband’s
Not joining her sisters in their rebellion saves her life, as two
of her sisters were imprisoned along with their husbands,
and then all three were killed for speaking out against Trujillo.
Most interseting point in the book: To me, the most
interesting part of the book was whenever Minerva was the
I believe her to be the most well–developed character in the
book as she is described so well.
She is emotionally the strongest of the four sisters and was
the first to speak against Trujillo, starting when she was still
in school.
Dislikes: This book was so incredibly well–written that there
was nothing that I did not like.
If you read it and do not know Spanish you might have a hard
time understanding some of the speech, as the story is set in
a Spanish speaking country and there are many Spanish
phrases in it.
Although there are some Spanish phrases, if you don’t
understand them it’s ok– they don’t take away from the general
REQUIRED Summer Reading
Alternative selections are available
upon parent/student request.
Ninth Grade Pre-IB
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Watership Down Richard Adams
Ninth Grade Advanced
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Animal Farm George Orwell
Tenth Grade Pre-IB/Advanced
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Marie Remarque
A choice of one of the following:
In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
Eleventh Grade IB
Native Son Richard Wright
The Crucible Arthur Miller
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Eleventh Grade Advanced
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Color Purple Alice Walker
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Twelfth Grade IB and AP
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky