Add great music you don’t have to be embarrassed about your kids hearing and you have the student version of “Grease,” coming to Woods Cross High School’s stage Feb. 2,3,4,6,9,10,11,13 and 14.
“The thing I love about this version is that they have the same music, but they’ve taken out lyrics that are inappropriate,” said Janet Cook, the show’s director. The student version of the show also eliminates any references to drinking or cigarettes.
What stays, however, is the youthful enthusiasm that has made the show so popular.
“If you sliced high school open, all the fun and melodrama of it is in ‘Grease,’” she said.
Cook chose the show because she was looking for something completely different than last year’s WXHS musical, “Les Miserables.”
“Last year, I would find myself tearing up as I blocked a scene,” she said. “This year, I find myself dancing with the kids.. It’s totally opposite.”
The cast, many whom were also in “Les Miserables,” agrees.
“It’s totally incomparable, but they’re both great,” said Matt Zimmerman, who plays Danny in one cast and Kenickie in the other. He and the other Danny, Cole Davis, switch between the two roles.
“I think it’s been a blast,” said Whitney Brimley, who plays Frenchie in one of the casts. “It’s such a different experience.”
It’s also allowed for some flights of fancy when it comes to putting the show together.
“There’s some fun stuff we’re doing that you won’t expect,” said Zak Kimbrell, who’s helping with the show.
For tickets, call the WXHS box office at 801-402-4611 or send an email to WXHSBoxOffice@gmail.com.