11/9/17 – Thursday is opening night for the Beaver Dam High School Drama Club’s fall musical Grease. The story set in the 1950s follows the black leather jacket-wearing T-Birds and their counterparts the Pink Ladies from the burger joint to the drag strip to the halls of Rydell High. Director Mark Lefeber says the play is different from the 1978 blockbuster movie but efforts were made to present the best of both versions. The iconic songs “You’re The One That I Want” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You” are not in the script of the stage play but Lefeber says extra royalty money was paid so that both could be included. Students say the production has been a learning experience. “It’s not fair for Sandy to not have her own song,” he says. Jose Pena is the male lead Danny Zuko, played in the movie by John Travolta. Pena says the role has allowed him to work outside his comfort zone and develop new talents. Pena says he has never before danced the way that he dances in this production but he is having “such a great time.” He credits the expertise of his dancing partner Linnea Lerwick who plays Cha Cha. “We have created something pretty spectacular for the show,” Pena says. Jazlyn Hallett plays the lead role of Sandy, the good-girl from Australia making her way in a new school. Hallett says of all the roles she has played over the years, Sandy may be the character she most related to. She says the hardest part is bringing to life the arc of Sandy’s character from a shy, innocent girl to an independent person who goes after what she wants. Grease is on the stage of the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and wraps up with a 2pm matinee on Sunday.