AMSA’s ‘Grease’: ‘It’s got groove, it’s got meaning’

Anoka Middle School for the Arts Theater Department presents a show that’s got groove, it’s got meaning.

Summer lovers Danny Zuko (D.J. Nigh) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Calista Mateuszczyk) have a chat at a school they end up attending together in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ latest production of “Grease.” Jefferson Fietek directs. The musical runs April 27 (ASL interpreted), 28, May 4 and May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. ASL interpreted performance April 27. Adults $10, seniors/students $5. AMSA is at 1523 Fifth Ave. S., Anoka. Tickets available at door or by calling box office at 763-506-3667. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

Summer lovers Danny Zuko (D.J. Nigh) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Calista Mateuszczyk) have a chat at a school they end up attending together in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ latest production of “Grease.” Jefferson Fietek directs. The musical runs April 27 (ASL interpreted), 28, May 4 and May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. ASL interpreted performance April 27. Adults $10, seniors/students $5. AMSA is at 1523 Fifth Ave. S., Anoka. Tickets available at door or by calling box office at 763-506-3667. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

The popular “Grease” with head greaser Danny Zuko and goody girl Sandy Dumbrowski jazzes up the stage with cast members singing and dancing their way into 1950s coolness. Personified. It’s the old boy meets girl, boy splits from girl, you figure out the rest. But as in all of director Jefferson Fietek’s productions, there’s a twist (double entendre intended).

“This production is unique because of its showcasing such young performers doing a show traditionally done by high schools,” Fietek said. “It is a traditional presentation of the beloved musical ‘Grease’ packed full of singing, dancing and over-the-top characters.”

Hear hip-shaking songs like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.”

Sixty-five students in grades six through eight make up the cast and crew.

Why attend?

“You will get to see top-notch singers and dancers who will blow your socks off,” Fietek said.

Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Matt Kari designed the sets. Benjamin Lacina is vocal director and Carla Bode is choreographer. Stirling Callander is lighting designer.

Shows are April 27 (ASL interpreted), 28, May 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. Adults $10, seniors and students $5. AMSA is at 1523 Fifth Ave. S., Anoka. Tickets available at door. For more information call box office at 763-506-3667.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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