“Grease is the word” this week, as the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre (CYPT) presents the popular musical Grease as their 31st annual summer musical. It’s a long-time tradition for young theatre artists, and what better production to showcase their talents than the ultimate “high school musical,” about the Rydell High class of 1959.
The Pink Ladies, in their bobby sox and poodle skirts, meet up with the duck-tailed, hot rodding bad boys in leather jackets with a series of musical numbers that are almost as well-known now as the original fifties hits that they were written to emulate.
Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre has been providing hands-on experience for students interested in the performing arts for more than three decades, and many of its alumni have gone on to professional careers onstage and backstage, and many more go on to study drama, musical theatre, and related fields in college. More than 2,200 teens have participated in CYPT to date, and more than 80 students are involved in this year’s production.
The cast and crew include participants from 42 different schools, ably directed by Tim Perrino with assistance from musical director Steve Goers, choreographer Molly O’Brien Peters, production stage manager Liz Hook, and assistant stage manager Amberly Winfrey.
The show opened on July 26, and there are still seven more performances, from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 2:00 pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. All shows are at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue, West Price Hill.
Special “Gold” seats up front are $20, adult tickets are $15, tickets for seniors and college age students are $12, and high school and younger students can reserve a seat for $10. Tickets are available online (fees apply) or through the box office at 513.241.6500.
For more information about the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre program, visit the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts website.