Rain didn't dampen the Olentangy Liberty High School drama students' enthusiasm, though it might have kept the crowds away.

Rain didn't dampen the Olentangy Liberty High School drama students' enthusiasm, though it might have kept the crowds away.

The drama students on April 25 were trying to break the world record of 250 people performing the "hand jive dance" in unison.

The students, friends and family met on the pedestrian walkway - the JAYWalk - at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, where the record-breaking effort took place.

If the students were disappointed that their time spent calling and texting folks brought in only about 100 people, it didn't show in the short preview performances they gave the crowd that did gather, in spite of the hard rain.

"The point of trying to break the record was to bring attention to our (upcoming) performance of 'Grease,'" said senior Brad Ingles, who portrays Danny Zuko and came up with the idea to break the record.

He researched its possibilities with the staff at the Guinness World Records.

"People have seen what a great show it is and we're performing 'Greased Lighting' in the rain," Ingles said. "Imagine how good it will be for the show."

The students will perform 'Grease' at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 30 and May 1, and May 7 and 8. A special 2 p.m. family matinee on Sunday, May 2, will include a 1950s costume contest, a sing-along and another attempt to break the world record.

Senior Michael Rencheck, who portrays Kenickie, said performing in the rain "made it more fun - spontaneous."

Teacher and play director Daniel Skrovan said the students are "trouper performers."

"The show must go on, until it's a safety hazard," he said. He had sent the students to the shelter of the nearby Beeghly Library entrance at the first indication of lightning and thunder.

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Tickets to the performances cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Olentangy Rewards Card members will be admitted for free.

To reserve seats call (740) 657-4291.