The Brillion News

If GREASE is the word, then Brillion High is the place to be to watch some of Brillion High School’s most talented performers.

The BHS Music Department will have its opening performance of the musical, “GREASE – Student Version” on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.  There will be one matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m.  The final three performances are scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, November 8, 9, and 10, all curtain times at 7 p.m.  The student version of “Grease” removes all language and content issues that may be a concern to parents. This is a “G” rated production. All performances will be held at the Endries Performing Arts Center, located at Brillion High School.

Just over 40 years ago, GREASE opened on Broadway. At that time, 1950’s nostalgia was not the “vogue.”  In fact, American Graffiti, the movie that would bring about the surge in 50’s nostalgia, would not be released for another year.  In February 1972, GREASE was a completely different kind of Broadway musical,  combining early rock and roll music and dancing with true (for that era) high school student language and characters.

Playing the role of Danny is senior, Bob Hussey.  Sandy will be portrayed by freshman, Hope Klessig.  The role of Rizzo will be played by senior Katelynn Fuhrmann.  Kenickie will be performed by senior, Silas Petrie.  The other Pink Ladies are Jenna Thiel, Millie Haushalter, and Sydney Huff.  The T-Birds will be played by Isaac Nadler, Tyler Wegner, and Jordan Mentzel.

Other cast members include:  Clara Hewins, Heather Doughty, Jack Hussey, Macallister Cashell, Deangelo Johnson, Danielle Schultz, Krysta Miller, Cassandra Zenner, Kate Behnke, Kayla Behnke, Emily Berken, Beatrice Berretta, Brittany Boettcher, Taylor Brochtrup, Amy Bunnell, Jason Cleven, Alex Cooney, Allison Degner, Dakota DeWindt, Lotta Dyes, Kristine Fuhrmann, Kiana Gasch, Jennifer Gast, Tanya Geiger, Emmi Hihnala, Emily Hunt,  Katie Hopman, Alex Junyor, Nicole Koerth, Jennifer Krueger, Michelle Krueger, Maccoy Krueger, Seth Mertens, Cecilia Petrie, Elena Redl, McKenna Schmidlin, Morganne Sendek, Ryan Stahl, Austin Stebane, Katie Thiel, Mariah Tuttle, Adolfo Vargas, Stefanie Voight,  and Cheyenne Weinert

The Pit Orchestra, under the direction of Miss Alex White, is comprised of the following students:  Mariah Wittmann, Rebecca Ott, Ciara Barts, Josh Cohen, Brandon Pribbernow, Noah Davis, Cody Pautz, Clayton VanThiel, Morgan Orsburne, Rebecca Phipps, David Brochtrup, Kollin Heimke, Alex Sabel, Kaelin Thibodeau, Amanda Krahn, Ben Palmer, Kelsey Latimer, Zach Jensen, Tyler Koerth, Dani Behnke, Luke Nadler, Kary Plitt, and Mrs. Paula Johnson.

The tech crew does painting, lights, sound, backdrops, and scenery.  The kids involved in this are:  Connor Olson, Daniel Saubert, Darien Riemer, Sarah Cops, Meghan Cops, Hannah Maeder, Brett Thompson,  and Austin Reabe.

Tickets can be purchased at the door before any and all performances.  If people would like to reserve tickets ahead of time, please call 756-9238 x 4134 and leave a message.  All calls will be confirmed.  Ticket prices are $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens, $6.00 for students in grades K-12, and preschool aged children are free.

To read the full story … pick up a copy of the Nov. 1, 2012edition of The Brillion News.