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Only a few days left to see 'Grease' at Summer Theatre of New Canaan

Published 10:44 am, Monday, August 5, 2013

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  • The Summer Theatre of New Canaan's production of "Grease" concludes on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Waveny Park. Photo: Contributed
    The Summer Theatre of New Canaan's production of "Grease" concludes on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Waveny Park. Photo: Contributed

 

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"Grease," the 1950s rock `n' roll musical presented by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, concludes its run on Sunday, Aug. 11.

"It is a joy to stage and present audiences with the original Broadway version," said Melody Meitrott Libonati, the show's director and who was a member of the original "Grease" company on Broadway. "Audiences literally leave the theater dancing -- some with walkers!"

The STONC's production of "Grease" features a professional cast of actors from Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago. Hundreds of actors were auditioned. Christian Libonati plays Danny and Sharon Malane is Sandy.

A special "Grease Reunion" was hosted by the STONC at the July 27 performance with actors from the original Broadway and national touring productions attending.

Set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, the script is based on Jim Jacobs' experience at William Taft High School in the suburbs of Chicago. Warren Casey collaborated with Jacobs in writing the music and lyrics. Grease" tackles social issues pertinent to 1950s teens and touches on matters of friendship, rebellion, acceptance, class conflict, dreams and love requited. The show received seven Tony Award nominations in 1972.

An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions, have placed "Grease" among the world's most popular musicals.

Performances Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Additionally, for young families, the STONC offers three professional children's shows, "Pinkalicious The Musical," "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Little Mermaid Jr.," all playing weekend mornings and early afternoons through Aug. 11.

All performances, rain or shine, are presented in the theater's state-of-the-art open-air tent at Waveny Park, Farm Road, New Canaan, with reserved seating plus stage-side and orchestra box dining as well as open field seating and picnicking. The tent opens one hour prior to each performance for picnics or dining and the house opens 30 minutes prior to performances for regular ticket holders.

For tickets or information, call 203-966-4634 or visit stonc.org.