Friday, December 16, 2011

Grease is the word

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will perform the musical Grease from January 26 to 29, 2012 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

This is first major production of the new community theatre group, which performed Dining Out last fall to a packed house. Tickets are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806.  Tickets cost $22 for general admission, or $18 for students (with valid student identification) or seniors (age 60 and older). Showtimes are 8 pm on January 26, 27, 28 and 29. There are also 2 pm matinees on January 28 and 29.

Grease is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as the greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. The 1978 film version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John was a box-office and critical success. Well-known songs include Summer Nights, Greased Lightning, Sandra Dee and You’re the One That I Want.

Grease is one of those productions that directors enjoy putting on because it is timeless and loved by every new generation,” said director Anisa Cameron, who studied acting at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and received her BFA in Theatre and Development from Concordia University in Montreal. “We couldn’t have picked a better musical for our first major production.”

The production includes experienced theatre and musical performers including Côte Saint-Luc city councillor Mitchell Brownstein, a lawyer by profession who has been performing in theatre productions since the age of 9 at Dorothy Davis and Violet Walter's Children's Theatre.

“Our professional team including director Anisa Cameron, musical director Nick Burgess, choreographer Vanessa Kneale, and costume designer Isabelle Boudreau have created a song and dance show that is so uplifting, that the audience will all be singing and smiling for a very long time after the show,” Councillor Brownstein said.