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Palatine High School is bringing “Grease” to life onstage

Siomara Valdez

After months of hard work and hand-jiving, the long-awaited moment has arrived: Grease is making its way to the Palatine High School stage. The smash-hit musical will send the audience back in time to the year 1959, where greasers and pink ladies make their way through high school. Palatine’s production of Grease will tell the timeless tale of teenage love and turmoil, with the extra pizazz of leather jackets, groovy songs played by live musicians, and catchy nicknames. 

Palatine’s production also differs slightly from the original Broadway version—it includes some hit songs featured in the film adaptation of Grease. Sandy’s rendition of Hopelessly Devoted to You is beloved by many, and it’s being welcomed to Palatine’s stage with open arms. “I love that song, although I didn’t know it was from a musical,” junior Grace Wang said. Palatine’s Grease will also include You’re the One That I Want, another song from the film adaptation

As always, Palatine’s cast and crew have poured their hearts into the production, doing everything from late night rehearsals to rolling a real, vintage car onto the stage.  “Everyone has put so much work into making this show come to life,” senior and cast member Tanya Gerdzhev said. “It’s really great to watch it pay off.” One could even say that they’ve put the perfect amount of elbow grease (pun intended ) into the performance.

With a life-like set, killer dance numbers, and a cast with an almost palpable electric energy, Palatine High School’s showing of Grease is sure to win over the hearts of its viewers.

 “Honestly, I think people are pretty excited about seeing this year’s musical,” said Wang. “It’s a classic hit and it’s got a lot of fans already.” 

For anyone interested in seeing it for themself, the musical will be running from Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Don’t miss out!

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Anika Tsau
Anika Tsau, Opinions Editor
Anika Tsau is a junior at Palatine High School. She’s very involved in the school’s activities, such as the school’s math team and trivia team. She’s also a drum major in Palatine’s marching band. Tsau loves music, and enjoys writing songs and cranking up the volume to music in her car. Some of her favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Peach Pit, and Sammy Rae. In her free time, Tsau enjoys watching movies, reading books, and is in a band with some of her friends. She’s interested in going into a field involving engineering or biochemistry.
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Siomara “Alfred” Valdez is a senior at Palatine High School. Valdez is very passionate about photography as it is a hobby of theirs. Valdez went out of their comfort zone to take on new opportunities in photography becoming the color guard photographer for the season. Valdez is a big fan of the band Foo Fighters and wants to one day photograph at one of their concerts. They got recruited into Cutlass at Chipotle and went to the meetings in hopes to improve their photography. After high school, Valdez wants to pursue mass communications as their career and continue photojournalism at Winona State University.

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    Cres M.Feb 25, 2024 at 12:32 am

    We just watched the Saturday show and i’d say; we are very impressed with the performance! the energy on stage is very palpable. the cast and crew did an awesome job!!! It was a very entertaining production with such a powerhouse cast for H.S. students (from the ensemble down to the main actors/actresses)!My 10 year old daughter was so happy to have come with us! Congratulations to everyone!!!