, Newburyport, MA

April 24, 2013

Take a trip back to '59 with AHS cast of 'Grease'

By Mac Cerullo
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY — Summer nights will be here before you know it, but the Amesbury High Drama Club has been fixing up a little greased lightning to wrap up the school year.

Tomorrow night, the Amesbury High School’s production of “Grease” is set to open, and the show is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday and again May 3 and 4 with performances at 7 p.m. each night.

Based on the 1971 Broadway production, “Grease” is being put on by the AHS Drama Club under the direction of choral director Susanne Meyer and student director James Sheridan, who is the first student to ever direct the spring musical at AHS.

“Students have directed the one act for drama fest for the last three years,” Sheridan said. “When we [the drama club officers] decided to do “Grease,” Ms. Meyer approached me and asked if I would direct the musical, which was a huge surprise.”

Sheridan said the Drama Club has been rehearsing since February and is very excited for opening night.

“It’s been really fun. I always heard that directing was great but extremely stressful, and that’s definitely a fact,” Sheridan said. “Although there are a lot of restless nights filled with worry, deep down you know that in the end the show will be fantastic.”

Like the original, the AHS production of “Grease” is set in 1959 and tells the story of an unlikely romance between greaser Danny Zucco, played by senior Patrick Hopkins, and the clean-cut outsider, Sandy, played by junior Kayla Murphy.

The production also features Jesse Magnifico, Jon Gadbois, Jack Labbe and Jake Martin as the Burger Palace Boys and Meghan Meagher, Holly Gilday, Amy Snyder and Madeleine Nelson as the Pink Ladies, who complicate life for Danny and Sandy as they struggle to reconcile their summer romance with the pressures of high school.

Tickets are available for presale ($8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults) and at the door ($10 for everyone). For more information, the AHS Drama Club can be reached at