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Kate Greenlay, 17, will be playing the famous Sandy in St. Mary’s Academy’s production of Grease.

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Kate Greenlay, 17, will be playing the famous Sandy in St. Mary’s Academy’s production of Grease. Photo Store

Pull out the long skirts, hair gel, and have your pink slips ready — greased lightning is coming to town.

St. Mary’s Academy will bring the audience back to the good old days with their new production of Grease, which is being overseen by director Laura Davey.

"I felt like it was time to have a really fun, high energy, good old-fashioned rock and roll (show)," the drama and English teacher said. "Everybody loves Grease."

Kate Greenlay, 17, was chosen to play the legendary role of Sandy Olsson.

"I’ve been looking forward to this play forever," the Grade 12 student said. "We’ve never really done something like Grease, we’ve done Annie and The Wizard of Oz, but Grease is more modern."

Greenlay went all-out for her role, even dying her hair blonde.

"I’ve always wanted to go blonde, so in the summer I went a dirty blonde," Greenlay said. "Then Ms. Davey took me aside at one of the rehearsals and asked if I minded going lighter, and I said ‘I am completely down for that.’"

Davey said there are around 78 onstage cast members and probably about 150 people working on the show in total.

"There’s a lot of people involved in the production," Davey said. "I wanted it to be a humongous production because they just spent millions of dollars building us a gigantic theatre wing, and a beautiful place to work in."

Though the auditorium where the production will take place in isn’t new, the theatre wing in which it’s located had a makeover that started March 2012 and finished July 2013.
Grease has both female and male characters, which is tricky for an all-girls school in terms of casting.

"We have girls functioning as boys," Davey said for such scenes as the school dance-off. "When you come to St. Mary’s you know that you’re going to have to put on a pair of pants every once in a while."

There are four boys coming in from other schools to help out with the main male leads.
"It’s not easy carpooling for them," Davey joked. "They’ve made it work. They get here when they get here, which is usually pretty early into rehearsal."

Playing the infamous Danny Zuko will be Liam Deighton from University of Winnipeg Collegiate, Mathieu Schwab from St. Paul’s High School will be playing Kenickie, St. Paul’s Scott Bergen will be playing Sonny LaTierri, and Makis Viado from Sisler High School will be playing Roger, or "Putzie."

There will be three showings on Nov. 29, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1. Tickets are $14 and more than 80% have sold already, Davey said. To purchase tickets, visit www.stmarysacademy.mb.ca, or call the theatre department at 204-477-0244 (ext. 405).  

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