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Kent State's Roe Green Visiting Director Series Brings Acclaimed Director to Present All-American Favorite, GreasePosted Feb. 14, 2011
The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University presents the all-American favorite Grease on Feb. 18-27 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent, directed by Michael McIntosh, guest choreographer Felicity Stiverson, and School of Theatre and Dance musical director Jonathan Swoboda.
Grease is a musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and is set in California 1959. The show stars Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski who meet during their summer vacation and sadly must part. But, they soon find, after Sandy's family relocates to California, they now attend Rydell High together. But things at school are different. He's a too-cool greaser with the T-birds; she's a bobby-sockser trying to fit in with the Pink Ladies. Meet Rizzo, Kenieke and the rest of the Pink Ladies and T-birds for an entertaining, toe-tapping event. Please note, this production is rated PG-13 due to mature language and situations.
"I'm elated to be returning to KSU to direct Grease," said McIntosh, a 2000 Kent State graduate. "My first Grease experience was in 1998 playing Danny here at Kent State. Since the, I've become a long-time "greaser" performing in or directing the show over seven times in five countries and two languages!" McIntosh's exciting new version of Grease has never been seen before in the United States. His version still includes all of the favorite tunes like "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want," but the choreography and orchestrations have been reworked.
Specific performances are Feb. 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 adults, $12 seniors and $8 for students with a valid college ID or under 18. Groups of 10 or more are $7 each. To order tickets call 330-672-2497. Patrons can beat the box office by ordering tickets online at www.theatre.kent.edu. The box office is located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and the box office accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover, in addition to cash or personal checks. E. Turner Stump Theatre is located in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH.
Roe Green Visiting Director Series
Roe Green is a local arts patron and activist. In 2003, the Roe Green foundation pledged to donate $25,000 a year for five years to the School of Theatre and Dance in order to establish a guest director's series. In 2008, Ms. Green renewed her pledge for another $25,000 and five more years.
In addition, the Roe Green Foundation pledged the largest capital gift in Kent State University history in order to create The Roe Green Center, new and renovated facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance. This project unites theatre and dance under one roof, occupying up to 70,000 square feet of space, for the first time at the university. The new facilities will help create a central location on campus for the performing arts, as the building will house programs in theatre, dance, and music.
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