Grease Lightnin' Strikes CJ

Put on your dancing shoes, slick your hair back, and get ready for a weekend of singing, dancing, and overall incredible talent. The performing arts department is ready to take the stage with its production of the hit movie Grease, starring senior Robbie Hankey as Danny Zuko and freshman Jennifer Meier as Sandy Dumbrowski.

In the play, Danny and Sandy meet over the summer before their senior year and instantly fall in love. They were sure their love would end when Sandy was to return home, but she enrolled in Rydell High School much to Danny’s surprise. Sandy is deeply hurt by the fact the boy she met at school is different than her summer fling. Throughout the show, the two seem to have an on-off relationship.

Robbie Hankey was definitely surprised at getting the lead. He admits he’s not a performing arts person, but thought it would be fun to audition. “It’s my senior year and I wanted to do something that people would remember me by. I thought I would just get a background part like a Greaser, but I was really shocked when I found out I would play Danny,” he exclaimed. Besides the Students of Diversity talent show, this will be the first time he has performed on stage.

Jennifer Meier encourages everyone to come. “There is going to be a surprise guest, the music is very entertaining, and everyone is going to have a blast!” she cheerfully announced. Many can agree that this will be a memorable show that everyone will talk about for a long time, so don’t miss out because “Grease is the word.”

By: Josie Kolvek '12

This story was first published in the March 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

A 1955 Ford Thunderbird, on loan from the neighboring Packard Museum, was delivered Monday, March 21 for use in the musical. The car had to be forklifted up to a second floor door and driven into the backstage area of the auditorium.

All curtain times:

  • Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m.


Adults: $10  |  Students: $8  |  Pre-sale students: $6

Grade school students:  $4  |  Athletic and Eagle passes: Free