"Grease" by Kelowna Actors Studio

a couple of people walking down a snow covered street in front of a restaurant and a movie theater on a snowy day
Megan Reading

This summer, Kelowna Actors Studio (KAS) is set to ignite the stage with the electrifying energy of the 1950s in their rendition of the beloved musical, "Grease." As the curtain rises between August 3 to 12 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, audiences will be whisked away on a nostalgic journey, back to a time of rock 'n' roll, leather jackets, and high school romances.

A Blockbuster Event

The Kelowna Community Theatre, located at 1375 Water Street, will play host to this summer's blockbuster event. With performances scheduled from Tuesday to Sunday, including a special matinee on Saturdays, "Grease" promises to be an entertainment spectacle for the whole family. This production showcases the exceptional talent and dedication of the Kelowna Actors Studio.

The story of Rydell High's senior class, led by the iconic duo Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, is poised to capture hearts all over again. With its unique blend of humour, romance, and catchy tunes, "Grease" stands as a cultural touchstone, appealing to audiences across generations. The Kelowna Actors Studio's production is an invitation to experience the magic, the music, and the unforgettable characters that have made "Grease" a worldwide phenomenon.

Stars of Rydell High

Marisa Piattelli and Josh Richardson step into the spotlight as Sandy and Danny, bringing to life the high school sweethearts whose summer romance becomes the talk of Rydell High. Their performances, alongside a dynamic cast that includes the feisty Rizzo and the charming Kenickie, promise to deliver both the heart and the soul of the original musical. The cast's dedication to embodying their characters' essence is evident, ensuring that the spirit of the 50s is alive and well on stage.

Under the direction of Randy Leslie, with Spencer Bach leading the music direction and Gracelynn Sali choreographing, the production team is pulling out all the stops. From the detailed set design to the meticulous costume recreations, every aspect of the show is crafted to transport audiences back in time. The restoration of a classic car for the showstopper "Greased Lightnin’" is just one example of the lengths to which the production team has gone to recreate the 1950s setting with authenticity and flair.

Music and Memories

"Grease" is synonymous with its soundtrack, a collection of rock 'n' roll hits that continue to resonate with fans old and new. Songs like "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin’," and "You're the One That I Want" are set to fill the theatre, inviting audiences to sing and dance along. The choreography, inspired by the era's signature moves, adds another layer of immersion, making each performance a celebration of 50s culture.

This musical isn't just a trip down memory lane; it's an homage to an era that defined a generation. Through its exploration of themes such as love, friendship, and identity, "Grease" offers a timeless narrative that speaks to the universal experiences of growing up. The Kelowna Actors Studio's production promises not only a faithful rendition of this narrative but also an energetic and heartfelt tribute to the era that inspired it.

Join the Party

With a PG-13 rating, "Grease" is the perfect summer outing for teens and adults alike, offering a mix of nostalgia, entertainment, and the timeless appeal of rock 'n' roll. Tickets are available through the Kelowna Community Theatre Box Office, ensuring that everyone has the chance to experience this musical marvel.

As "Grease" takes the stage this August, the Kelowna Actors Studio is ready to show just how much fun the 50s can be. If you're a die-hard fan of the original film or new to the charms of Rydell High, this production is set to be an unforgettable celebration of music, love, and the enduring spirit of youth. Don't miss your chance to be part of the magic – grab your tickets, and let's hand jive our way through a summer night to remember.