Iconic musical ‘Grease’ will be performed at Viera High


Viera High School's Theater Arts Department will put on four performances of Grease from April 28 to 30 in the school's auditorium.

photo courtesy of Eloise Evans

It’s an iconic classic, and it’s coming to the Viera High School Auditorium.

Yep, "Grease" is the word.

Pass it on.

The Viera High Theater Arts Department will take you back to Rydell High in 1959 with their version of the hit musical with three 7:30 p.m. shows from April 28 to 30. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee on April 30.

“Grease is a classic,” Viera Theater Arts teacher Eloise Evans wrote in an email. “I’ve followed the show since it first came out in the ’70s. The show strikes a chord in the heart of all generations because the rock music and the values were simple and everyone gets what being “cool” is all about.”

Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, “Grease” uses music and dance to follow the lives of 1950s teenagers as they experience the complexities of love, peer pressure and their own values and beliefs.

Not only does the production feature a talented cast, but six students — Buffy Chappotin (Frenchy), Alyssa DeNardis (Rizzo), Allison McDowell (Jan), Devyn Mercer (Patty), Daniel Roberts (Vince Fontaine) and Allison Reed (Marty) — also are choreographing the musical.

Josh Velazquez (Teen Angel) and Emily Simons are assistant directors/stage managers.

The lead roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are played by Luke Adams and Lainey MacKinnon.

Other cast members include: Jack Adams (Roger), Trevor Bickham (Kenickie), Dominic Hernandez (Doody), John Sayut (Sonny), Matthew Cardillo (Johnny Casino), Jordan Barnett (Eugene) and Isabel McCoy as Miss Lynch.

Evans is directing the show with help from vocal coach Jordan Evans (Henegar Musical Director) and musical director Kevin Albright (VHS Choral Director).

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this incredible show!” Adams, a freshman, wrote in an email. “This is my first year in high school and already this cast feels like a family to me. I hope I can live up to following in such talented footsteps!”

MacKinnon, a sophomore, wrote in an email that she can’t wait to play Sandy on stage.

“It’s always been my dream to play this role in my all-time favorite musical!” she wrote. “I am incredibly excited and humbled to be performing with such talented people. I know this show will be one that the cast and audience will remember forever!” 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and can be purchased online at edline.net/pages/vierahs, at the door or by calling 321-632-1770, ext. 28063.