‘Grease’ returns to IT’s stage


AT THE DRIVE IN — Danny (Joe Foley) and Sandy (Shelly Wulfert) watch a movie … or at least one of them does. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

What: “Grease”
Who: Imagination Theater
Where: On the grounds of the El Dorado County Fair, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville
When: Dec. 3 — 26
Cost: Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for children
Information: (530) 642-0404

Imagination Theater has done it again: The Placerville theater company is bringing one of the most popular musicals back to the stage this winter.

The holiday production of “Grease” starts Friday, Dec. 3, at Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

“This is our banner show. We do it every five years,” said Lanny Langston, one of the founders of Imagination Theater. “We first did it in 2000, then 2005 and now in 2010 — and Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll do it again in 2015.”

The show closes on Sunday, Dec. 26, and promises to go out with a bang celebrating 10 years of  quality community theater to El Dorado County. “Grease” will run twice that day — at 2 and 8 p.m. During the break between the two shows there will be special celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Organ Room (adjoining the theater). Anyone who would like to celebrate with Imagination Theater is invited to attend.

“We’ll have music and hors d’oeuvres and it should be a real fun time. Cast members from our previous productions of “Grease” will be at the celebration,” Langston said.

“‘Grease’ is just a fun show. It brings a smile to everyone’s face. It’s a great musical and we’ll be introducing a whole new generation of local talent for this new production.” he continued.

“Grease” has mass appeal as a timeless story set at the beginning of the rock and roll era. The play started out as an amateur production that was first staged in a Chicago trolley barn. “Grease” takes a satirical look at the dress, manners, morals and music at teens during these “early-modern” times.

The play was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The story revolves around the attraction between greaser Danny Zuko — a bad boy — (Joe Foley) and the virtuous Sandy Dumbrowski (Shelby Wulfert). The popular score recreates the sounds of early rock and roll and gave birth to such musical hits as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning” and “Beauty School Dropout.”

“Grease” takes a fun look at teenage angst. The play follows a group of teenagers as they try to work their way through the hazards of love, cars and the ever popular drive-ins. There are girl cliques and boy gangs. It shines the light on social issues like teenage pregnancy and gang violence and explores teenage love, friendship and rebellion. And it does it all with great music.

This production of “Grease” is being co-directed by Imagination Theater founders Langston and Peter Wolfe. Jeremy Carlson, who played the Beast in Imagination Theater’s 2009 production of “Beauty and the Beast,” is the vocal director. Jerri Meyers, a veteran of many community theater productions throughout the Sacramento region is the show’s music and band director. Vanessa Lathrop, owner of the Foothill Dance Studios, is the choreographer. Local musicians will provide the energetic, live rock and roll music.


The cast includes Danielle Badger, Emily Barker, Sarah Bennett, Rachel Bluhm, Zachary Bredeson, Zacharie Button, Bradley Cameron, Beth Campbell, Sarah Erickson, Steve Esling, Joe Foley, Marissa Fuller, Gwen Lacher, Allison Luckscheider, Caffery Lynch, Michelle Mansour, Sloane Martin, Christine Miner, Isabella Mini, Kristine Miranda, Jeff Mosbacher, Tim Murphy, Katelyn Pecorilla, Nik Schram, Adam Turnbull, Krista Unverferth, Angela Verzello and Shelby Wulfert.


Tickets for “Grease” can be purchased online at imagination-theater.org or by contacting the box office at (530) 642-0404. Evening performances are at 7 p.m. and matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for children. Tickets in the first three rows cost $1 more. All tickets for Thursday, Dec. 9, are $10. Group tickets are available by phone only.

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