Published: April 21, 2016
Arts and Life
Liva Arts Company kicksed off the beginning of spring with their cover of the iconic “Grease” at the Elm Park Methodist Church. The 1950s theme musical was directed and choreographed by Andrea Marano with stars Nicolette Sorensen and Kyle Rodgers as Sandy and Danny.
“Grease,” which tells the story of 10 middle class teenagers, centers on traditional teenage problems such as peer pressure, gang violence and class conflict.
The Liva Arts Company’s production of “Grease,” was, to say the least, two and a half hours of non-stop fun.
The cast’s chemistry was flawless and the dance numbers were as entertaining as they were energetic. The excellency of the casting was pulled together by the surprising yet incredibly fun performance by Rev. Ron McKinney as the Teen Angel, who sang the iconic “Beauty School Dropout” number, to which he provided his own comical twist.
“Having forgotten my lyrics in my short song so many times, I marvel at how younger folks memorize all their lines, music lyrics, and choreography. Simply amazing!” McKinney, said, who also acts as the moderator for the Liva Arts Company.
Although the stage was small for such a large cast, they worked well at making the most of it and providing the audience with an unforgettable rendition of one of the best musicals of the century.
Arts and Life
Liva Arts Company performed “Grease” this past weekend. The musical, which premiered in 1971, is based off the 1978 summer box office smash “Grease,” featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Sophomore Nicolette Sorensen played the female lead of Sandy, while senior Kyle Rodgers played the male lead of Danny. Rev. Ron McKinney, S.J. played singer hotshot Frankie Avalon. Congratulations are in order to the entire cast for their amazing performances.
Obviously both Sorensen and Rodgers were very good. Man, can Sorensen sing. Her solo performances were amazing, but one of my favorite songs was the collaboration with senior Jessica Lavery’s pink lady character.
Rizzo also had her fabulous, ultra-sassy moments. Sophomore Rebecca Cole played the uber-cool Rizzo and absolutely
dominated in the pink lady scenes. Not only was she on fire, but all of the pink ladies had incredible performances!
Johnathan “JMack” McNamee played one of the greasers and looked like he was having an absolute blast every time he was on stage.
He created this hilarious and entertaining character that could just make everyone laugh. Lavery’s pink lady character was his love interest. And by goodness, these two were absolutely perfect for their roles.
I loved watching them in the dancing scenes and the lunch cafeteria scenes.
While the musical was long and had few dull moments, the classic songs and the “Beauty School Dropout” scene made the entire experience totally worth it.
The scene with Rev. Ron and his wig was choreographed exceptionally well. The pink tutu ladies performed to perfection in this scene.
The last scene that I will mention is the “Grease Lighting” garage scene. I had chills during this scene. All of the greasers are talented. The singing and dance moves just perfectly tied together.
Job well done, Liva!
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