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“Grease” At West Bend-Mallard High School

By Staff | Mar 27, 2008

GREASE! West Bend-Mallard High School will present the musical “Grease” this weekend—Saturday, Mar. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 30, at 3 p.m., in the gymnasium at the high school in West Bend. Pictured (from left) are the “Greasers” and the “Pink Ladies”—Andrew Bruellman, Kari Zinnel, Laura Banwart, Ethan Fehr, Autumn Girres, Tyson Wirtz, Courtney Streit, Kara Vanderhorst, and Jake Umsted. – Lori Martinez photo

WEST BEND – Toes will be tapping and hands clapping in the West Bend-Mallard High School gymnasium this weekend when the students present the popular musical, “Grease.”

“Grease,” with book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is a rock and roll musical set in the 1950’s. The production was one of the longest running musicals on Broadway, a successful film, and has become a favorite of both school and community theaters. Memorable songs include “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” and “Beauty School Dropout.”

Lead roles in West Bend-Mallard’s production will be played by Tyson Wirtz as Danny and Autumn Girres as Sandy. The “Pink Ladies” are: Kari Zinnel as Rizzo, Courtney Streit as Frenchy, Laura Banwart as Marty, and Kara Vanderhorst as Jan. The “Burger Palace Boys” will be played by Andrew Bruellman as Kenickie, Jake Umsted as Jake Doody, Ted Gerber as Roger, and Ethan Fehr as Sonny.

Other cast members include Madi Dahlhauser as Patty Simcox, Courtney Laubenthal as Cha-Cha DiGregorrio, Ryan Bruellman as Eugene, Casey Studer as Vince Fontaine, Wyatt Wirtz as Johnny Casino, Darin Banwart as the Teen Angel, and Katherine Schuller as Miss Lynch.

Students participating as members of the chorus are: Lindsey Schmidt, Nichole Origer, Courtney Laubenthal, Jenny Auten, Katlin Horsman, Ryan Bruellman, Britney Douglas, Casey Studer, Brenda Nelson, Sara Foley, Laura Smith, Jake Goodchild, Amanda Knobloch, Kristin Wirtz, Kenzie Besch, Katelyn Howard, Ted Gerber, Amanda Montag, Darin Banwart, Cody Douglas, Wyatt Wirtz, Jacki Zaugg, Missy Abrahamsom, and Erinn Studer.

“Grease” will be presented Saturday, Mar. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 30, at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at West Bend-Mallard High School in West Bend. Advance tickets are available at the West Bend-Mallard High School office or by calling (515) 887-7821. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.