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WMS students take shine to ‘Grease’

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Grease will be the word this weekend at Woodbury Middle School.

The school’s musical, “Grease” which runs March 1-3, tells the story of good girl Sandy and “greaser” Danny, who meet over the summer. When Sandy and Danny realize they both attend the same high school, problems arise. The story follows Sandy and Danny as they try to overcome the social pressures of high school.

“The storyline is just so perfect for this age group,” said WMS choir teacher and musical director Lori Sager. “The 1950s is such a fun setting.”

“Grease” has a cast of nearly 80, which was why Sager said she chose the show.

“There’s a lot of places for kids to shine,” she said. “It encourages a lot of camaraderie.”

New meets old

Sager is completely new to the WMS theater scene.

However, she is no stranger to theater, having directed shows with Woodbury Community Theatre in the past.

In fact, Sager’s predecessor was Marcie Berglund, another frequent face among WCT.

“It didn’t really feel like I was taking over for anyone,” she said. “It felt like I was just taking up where they left off.”

WCT has actually gotten involved with the WMS production this year by letting Sager borrow some of the sets and costumes from past productions.

“It’s been a wonderful group of people to work with,” Sager said. “It’s been a real community event.”

In addition to the cast opportunities, Sager said she also chose “Grease” because it holds such nostalgia for students and audiences.

“The show is full of a lot of wonderful songs that are very memorable,” she said. “They’re just fabulous fun.”

Sager said she will be playing up the nostalgia of “Grease” by selling some fun nostalgic candy and by having a few other throwback items on hand.

“It’s like walking down memory lane,” she said.

All in all, Sager said the production has come together fairly seamlessly.

“I love watching the kids shine,” she said. “You can tell they’re having a blast.

“It’s going to be fun to watch their faces when they see an audience out there.”

Sager said audiences can expect a night of great music and great fun.

“Folks will really enjoy being a part of it,” she said. “The show has lot of joy, which is something our world needs a little more of.”

 Woodbury Middle School’s production of “Grease” will run March 1-2 at 6 p.m. and March 3 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $3.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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