BCCT play makes return to downtown
After a five-year hiatus, the Baldwin City Community Theater is returning to its outdoor show.
Beginning in August, the BCCT will present "Grease" in the lot located between the post office and the Lumberyard Arts Center Project on High Street. It will be the first outdoor production since 2002.
"It's been five years," Director Annette Cook said. "It's exciting. It's definitely a Baldwin tradition that was stopped. We are taking it outside this year. It's going to be exciting, but hot."
Local children will provide pre-show entertainment at 7:30 p.m. each night. The main production will start at 8 p.m. Cook advises people to show up at 7:30 p.m. to watch the children and avoid distracting them.
Performances run Aug. 2-5 and continue Aug. 8-11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). Tickets are available at the door or at the Baldwin City Market.
Cook's reasons for bringing the outdoor show back are simple.
"Last year we wanted to come back outside, but weren't able to," Cook said. "We want to bring lots of people to the show and get lots of people involved."
The cast consists of nearly 30 people, including the children who will perform first. Cast members have traveled from Topeka, Overland Park and Lawrence to be involved this year.
Several members are from Baldwin City, too. Baldwin High School's Sommer Brecheisen will be playing Marty in the show and she is excited to be back outdoors this year.
"That's the best part," Brecheisen said. "That's why I came and did this show. I miss the air conditioning, but at the same time I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
Another local cast member is Emma Cook, who will play Patty. She also loves the idea of the outdoor production and is a big fan of the movie "Grease."
"I love the movie," E. Cook said. "It's one of my favorite movies. I think it's because it's our age group and it's a fun show."
The cast has been rehearsing since late May. During the past week, they have moved the rehearsal to the lot where the show will take place.
The "Grease" cast includes Stephanie Winstone (Sandy), Skye Reid (Rizzo), Kathleen Benson (Frenchie), Sommer Brecheisen (Marty), Mikaela Carson (Jan), Emma Cook (Patty), Taylor Stephens (Cha-Cha), Dennis Craig (Danny), Eric Tedder (Kenickie), Jordon Holt (Roger) Jesse Brecheisen (Sonny), Mario Bonilla (Doody), Jared Martin (Eugene), Bette Stefanik (Mrs. Lynch), Marion Constatinesce (Vince Fontaine), Matt Keller (Johnny Casino), and Ryan Nichols (Teen Angel).
"Grease" is under the direction of Cook, musical direction by Mary Baker and choreography by Lisa Carson.
Cook said the group is hoping to use a real car for the "Greased Lightning" scene in the show. She also said the cast has been great to work with during the past two months.
"This year is totally different than last year, because more people are involved," Cook said. "This is also a little bit more mature of a show, so I didn't want the little kids to be smoking cigarettes and stuff like that. We have phenomenal talent. I am very pleased."
Cook advices audience members to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be allowed and concession stands will also be open. For additional information call the BCCT at (785) 594-7440.