‘Grease’ is the word: An inside look at Liva Arts Company spring musical

Published: February 18, 2016

SUBMITTED PHOTO: ERIN ALEXANDER / FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Robert Dougherty and junior Mika Derynioski practice their dance moves during a ‘Grease’ rehearsal Tuesday night at Elm Park Methodist Church. The show premieres April 14.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: ERIN ALEXANDER / FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Robert Dougherty and junior Mika Derynioski practice their dance moves during a ‘Grease’ rehearsal Tuesday night at Elm Park Methodist Church. The show premieres April 14.

CATHERINE MOSCATT
Staff Writer

A classical musical and popular 70s movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, “Grease” has long been a staple of pop culture and entertainment. This April, “Grease” will be taking the stage here at The University, directed under the capable hands of senior Andrea Marano.

This is not the first show Marano has directed. She also directed and choreographed “Godspell” during her sophomore year.

Auditions for “Grease” were held the first week of the spring semester. Students were asked to come in prepared to sing 16 bars or 30 seconds of a song, and then some students were given callbacks.

“Callbacks are for specific roles so you get the material ahead of time, then you read specifically for a role or you sing specifically for a role. That’s a little more of an intense day and that’s the day that I figure out who’s going to be what,” Marano said.

The cast rehearses Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30- 10 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to the comedy aspect of it,” Marano said. “Grease” is funny but some productions of it don’t really enhance the comedy of it.

I have a really funny cast and they are doing such a good job making things that aren’t normally funny very comedic.”

“Grease” is known for its wide array of characters— the innocent Sandy, bad girl Rizzo and heartthrob Danny Zuko— as well as its popular musical numbers which include “Summer Nights,” “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” and “We Go Together.”

“My favorite musical number from “Grease” is “Mooning.” It’s really funny and there are not that many relationships like the one between Roger and Jan,” Marano said. “They like each other but they are so friend-zoned. It’s a relationship that is not in many shows.”

“I like the fact that “Grease” has a lot of parts,” continued Marano. “I know over the years Liva has gotten a lot of new talent so I wanted to find something that would showcase everyone and it’s an easy show— everyone knows it and everyone loves “Grease.” I figured it would be a good show that we could have a lot of fun with.”

To students who may be interested in future shows, Marano encourages students to audition.

“Audition. If you don’t get a part your first try, that’s totally okay. Some people will get in one show with a lead and then for another show it might not work out, but definitely come out because you never know,” Marano said.

She encourages University students to attend the show on April 14, 15 and 16 at Elm Park Methodist Church.

Contact the writer: catherine.moscatt@scranton.edu

One Response to ‘Grease’ is the word: An inside look at Liva Arts Company spring musical

  1. Mary Ellen Lock Reply

    February 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    When is Grease being played? And is there a Saturday afternoon presentation?

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