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SRHS Falcon Playhouse presents ‘Grease’

Scripps Ranch High School student actors will perform in the Falcon Playhouse production of “Grease” on March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. (courtesy of SRHS Falcon Playhouse)

SRHS Falcon Playhouse presents ‘Grease’

More than 80 students are about to transport Scripps Ranchers to the hallways of Rydell High thanks to an upcoming production of “Grease,” set to open on March 5.

Expect to see the musical – put on by the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Falcon Playhouse – like it’s never been done before, complete with 1950s cars at the show’s entrance.

The musical will feature classic songs such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie,” according to the show’s description.

SRHS theater directorPatrick Garcia said the students aspired to express their own unique take on the production of “Grease,” which is one of the nation’s most popular musicals. This includes never-before-seen dance moves.

“Our choreographer has made a point of trying to choreograph all the dances without using some of those moves that you might see in the movie or Broadway production,” Garcia said. “It’s like, no, we’re making this ours with my actors.”

Garcia said the show is also made unique by its many moving parts.

“Everything from the actual Rydell High to Marty’s bedroom to the diner, burger place,” Garcia said. “Everything moves in and out from the stage to make it dynamic.”

The production features a cast full of Scripps Ranch High’s finest thespians, led by leads Samantha Duggan and Dylan Darwish acting as Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko, respectively.

For Duggan, the opportunity marks her first lead.

“This is her first big role and she’s done a fantastic job with it,” Garcia said.

Garcia added that he has worked very hard to inspire students to make the most of their roles by making them their own.

“That’s the biggest thing I tell them … they have to breathe life into this character based on what they’re bringing to it as actors … and how they see the actors and how they interpret it,” Garcia said. “So, we hope it comes across that way.”

For those looking to attend, tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 or at the door for $13. There is also a $15 VIP ticket option, and Garcia said it’s well worth the upcharge.

“To be honest with you, they’re the juicy seats where you are just at that right eye level where you can see the most,” he said.

Watch the show at the Scripps Ranch High School Falcon Theatre Playhouse starting at 6:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 12, 13 and 14. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 7. Tickets can be purchased through the SRHS Falcon Playhouse Facebook page, or tinyurl.com/t7j2cnz. Visit falconplayhouse.com.

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