Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Grease’ set to take stage

August 2, 2007

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Baldwin City Community Theater will return to its outdoor stage for the first time since 2002.

"Grease" will be taking stage in the lot between the post office and Lumberyard Arts Center on High Street. The pre-show performance will start at 7:30 p.m. with the main show beginning at 8 p.m.

"I think it's going to be great," Director Annette Cook said. "I hope it doesn't rain, but if it does, we have enough dates that people can still come and see us. It's going to be great. It's a lot of fun to do outside."

There will be a short performance from local children at 7:30 p.m. Cook advises audience members to arrive before that show begins.

Cast members are excited to begin the show tonight, especially since it will be an outdoor performance.

"I am definitely getting excited for opening night," said Dennis Craig, who plays leading man Danny in the play. "We have worked really hard to put this together."

Stephanie Winstone, an Olathe native and junior at Oklahoma City University, feels the cast is ready to start performing for an audience, but she isn't sure about her numerous costume changes.

"I feel really ready with my lines, but costume change wise, not so much," Winstone said. "I have a lot of very quick costume changes. It's not like in the movies where I would all of a sudden be in a new costume. It's real life and I have buttons and zippers to deal with. As far as the performance goes, I do feel we are ready."

The show will run at the same time tonight through Sunday, then next week Aug. 8 through Aug. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). Tickets are available at the door or at Baldwin City Market.

The cast had its first dress rehearsal with music and sound on Monday after Sunday's practice was rained out. Despite the one-day delay, Craig is confident the group will be ready when the lights come on at 8 p.m.

"We are getting there," Craig said. "Tech week is kind of a scramble to the end, but usually it comes out pretty good. I am really excited to be a part of this year's show. We are outside again and the audience is more relaxed."

The cast members know the outdoor show can be a bit more difficult, especially because of the weather, but they know its more enjoyable for the audience.

"It's hot and with long hair, it's extremely hot," Winstone said. "From an audience point of view, the outdoor show is way more enjoyable. They can come and be relaxed to watch the show."

Cast members are also hoping for a large turnout, because "Grease" is a show people are familiar with.

"I think this is one of the shows that a lot of people know," Sommer Brecheisen said. "People who usually don't come to the theater are going to want to come and see 'Grease.' I think we are going to get a lot more people here."

Cook advises audience members to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be allowed and concession stands will also be open. For further information call the BCCT at (785) 594-7440.

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