MVHS Theater Arts Performs “Grease” For Springtime Musical

The T-Birds members perform “Greased Lightning”. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

Thanks to community donations such as 1950s clothing, props, an old car and cash, the theater arts students were able to perform four performances of their springtime musical, “Grease.” Longtime director Natalie Simmons spearheaded the effort. In this scene, Curtis Rice (left) sings “Beauty School Dropout,” where the girls wear curlers made from toilet paper rolls. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

Cast members perform a popular dance from the 1950s. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

RUMFORD — Mountain Valley High School hosted a performance of “Grease” for its spring musical April 7-9, directed by longtime director Natalie Simmons.
Elder Taylor Duguay, who played Rizzo in the production, shares on Facebook, “My fellow elders and I have been looking forward to this since our freshman year! In my four years at Mountain Valley, we’ve missed a huge spring and fall musical, as well as countless improv shows.
She said they needed a lot of help from the community because the arts group was running out of funds they would normally have due to Covid-19.
The community came across 50s-style clothing, accessories, an old car from the era, drove in and out of the Muskie Auditorium, and more.
Based on the hit Broadway musical, Grease tells the story of two high school students in love, Sandy Olsen and Danny Zuko. Australian exchange student Sandy meets Danny on a beach in the summer of 1958 and is surprised to meet him at Rydell High School. Their love manages to survive several misunderstandings. However, in the end, Sandy realizes that she has to change to be truly accepted by Danny and his friends.

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