GREASE is Teen Summer Musical for Young Artists Ensemble

YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE presents The 37th ANNUAL TEEN SUMMER MUSICAL GREASE

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Originally Produced by Robert Stigwood

Musical Direction by Zachary Spencer

Conducted by Susan Treworgy-Calkins

Choreographed by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch

Directed by Devery Holmes

Photo by Paul Cranmer:  l-r: Megan Morales – Rizzo, Madeline Weiss – Jan, Quinn Martin – Sandy,  Kristen Wisneski – Marty, Rianny Vasquez – Frenchy

Young Artists Ensemble presents its Teen Summer Musical production of GREASE directed by Devery Holmes.  Performances are July 28 through August 6, 2017, Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 at Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Reino Road in Newbury Park, CA 91320. 

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.  Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

Director Devery Holmes is a veteran director for the Conejo Players, helming 11 musicals and plays since 1988. “It was very moving getting to know the cast as they shared personal stories of life and high school angst,” said Holmes.  “Because of their friendships and the YAE experience, they talked about not being alone in this journey feeling that together they can get through anything.  When they sing “We Go Together” there is such camaraderie and joy… it doesn’t get better!”   Also a singer, dancer and actor, Devery is currently performing in the Conejo Players production of HAIRSPRAY.  Devery’s connection to YAE is through her son, A.J. Holmes, a YAE Alumni who performed in past shows including GUYS AND DOLLS and CITY OF ANGELS and more recently has performed the role of Elder Cunningham in THE BOOK OF MORMON, on Broadway and in London and Australia.

Premium tickets for GREASE are $23 Premium seats, $21 for adults and $17 for children, students and seniors. Super Discount Friday Performance tickets (Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm) are $15 for all tickets (no Premium for Discount Show).  Groups of ten or more receive a discount of 10% if purchased in a single transaction for a single performance (all group sales are final). Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or at www.yaeonline.com.   

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Young Artists Ensemble received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions at the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards.  The winners included Outstanding Production: Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Lyda Jade Harlan as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Julia Lester as Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division): Jaden Levinson as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Outstanding Supporting Actress (College Division): Katherine Steele as Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Fruehling as Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Arielle Jacobellis as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division): Marissa Margolis as Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Milbrett for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Set Design: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Choreography: Anthea Stobie for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Direction: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical

WHAT: The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl?

 

WHEN:

Performances: July 28 – August 6, 2017
Friday, July 28                        7:30pm           

Saturday, July 29                    7:30pm           

Sunday, July 30                      2:00pm           

Wednesday, August 2            7:30pm           

Thursday, August 3                7:30pm           

Friday, August 4                     7:30pm*         

Saturday, August 5                 7:30pm           

Sunday, August 6                   2:00pm           

*Super discount Friday Night

 WHERE:  

Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center

456 N. Reino Road

Newbury Park, CA 91320

HOW:  (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

TICKETS: Premium tickets for GREASE are $23 Premium seats, $21 for adults and $17 for children, students and seniors. Super Discount Friday Performance (Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm) are $15 for all tickets (no Premium for Discount Show).  Groups of ten or more receive a discount of 10% if purchased in a single transaction for a single performance (all group sales are final).

OTHER:  Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246. 


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