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July 10, 2017 : OUL Students and community members to perform in iconic musical "Grease"

by Meghan Morris


greaseOhio University Lancaster Theatre will perform Grease as its summer production with a cast comprised of students as well as members of the community.


Grease features Rydell High’s senior class evoking the sounds of the 1950s in a musical where “Greaser” Danny Zuko and the new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang of “Pink Ladies” and “Burger Palace Boys” sing and dance their way through a collection of memorable songs.


Adam Dominick, a sophomore studying arts and humanities has participated in OUL theatre productions for five years. He has worked his way up from smaller roles to male leads in West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz and now Danny in Grease.


He said playing Danny Zuko was a great challenge for him since his personality differs greatly from the character.


“I’m kind of a timid, shy person,” Dominick said. “I’m not this sexy, cool greaser from the 50s.”


The play is famous for its iconic songs, he said. Dominick has been singing since he was little and appreciated using a rock and roll sounding voice for his character rather than a more traditional theater voice.


Lydia Fyie plays Frenchy in OUL’s production of Grease and she’s excited to return to that kind of role.


“I was Columbia in Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she said. “After that it clicked, ‘Wow, this is a character type that I really enjoy doing’ and Frenchy is very similar in terms of embodying bubbly and ditzy qualities.”


Fyie said she might give her character more agency than in the original to better fit the changing view of women, but she wants people to understand where Grease is coming from.


Mariah Hollett, a student at Lancaster High School, plays Marty and said she hopes to major in theatre at Ohio University. She has performed in OUL plays since her freshman year in high school and Grease is her sixth production.


“Acting has been a release for me through life’s rough patches,” Hollett said. “I feel like theatre will always be there for me.”


She said people today can still relate to Grease because those stereotypes are still prevalent. The play has elements about trying to fit in, but she said that’s something everybody deals with as they grow up.


“I even see myself trying to fit in,” Hollett said. “Going to OUL and hanging around an older crowd, I found out college life is a lot different than high school.”


Grease will be performed at Wagner Theatre located in Brasee Hall at OUL. The production will run July 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. as part of the Lancaster Festival; August 3-5 at 7:00 p.m.; August 5 and 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and there is reserved seating. Tickets can be found by calling (740) 681-3353 or visiting or through the box office located in the OUL north lobby in front of Wagner Theatre, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, Ohio.