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'Grease' leads bring off-stage chemistry to roles

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Sophomore McKenna Michel will portray Sandy Dumbrowski and senior Vince Coleman will play Danny Zuko in Hilliard Bradley High School's April 11-13 production of the musical 'Grease.'

Hilliard Bradley High School drama students will present the musical Grease April 11-13 at the high school's performing arts center, 2800 Walker Road.

If the familiar lead characters, Danny and Sandy, look at ease, they have the added advantage of a romantic relationship both on- and offstage.

Vince Coleman, a senior, is cast as Danny Zuko, and McKenna Michel, a sophomore, will portray Sandy Dumbrowski.

"I knew Vince before we auditioned for Grease," Michel said.

She said they began dating before each landed the lead roles in the musical.

Michel has performed in various plays since playing Alice in Alice in Wonderland as a fifth-grade student. She has also performed for the Columbus Children's Theatre.

"Grease is one of my favorite musicals but this is the first time I've performed it," Michel said.

Luke Bovenizer, theater director at Bradley High School, said he chose Grease "because of its popularity and mass appeal."

"I have never directed Grease but knew it was something I wanted to do," Bovenizer said. "I wanted a show this spring that would bring a crowd and this is a play almost everyone knows."

Bradley's presentation of Grease will be the "school version" of the play.

"The 'school version' has the smoking and alcohol use removed, as well as swearing and Rizzo's pregnancy scare," Bovenizer said.

The musical will be another first for Bradley, Bovenizer said.

"This will be our first play where every student in the cast is playing someone their age," he said.

The only character in the play not school-aged is the principal of the fictitious Rydell High School, Mrs. Lynch. She will be played by Bradley principal Mindy Mordarski.

Bradley students also will get advice from Daniel Everidge, who played a supporting cast member, Roger, in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease.

Bovenizer and Everidge met in college and have remained friends. When Bovenizer learned Everidge, who lives in New York, was performing in Michigan, he invited Everidge to speak to Bradley's cast.

Everidge has met with Bradley's cast twice and is scheduled to meet two more times before the production begins April 11.

"(Everidge) has been working with the kids on characterization. ... I think it will be a great show," Bovenizer said.

Grease will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at localevelevents.com.