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Roe Green Visiting Director Series Brings Acclaimed Director to Present All-American Favorite, Grease

Posted Jan. 17, 2011
events Grease Director
One of Michael McIntosh's many productions of Grease

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. The production is directed by Michael McIntosh, guest choreographed by Felicity Stiverson, and School of Theatre and Dance's Jonathan Swoboda is the music director.

Grease is a musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and is set in California in 1959. The show stars characters 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.

"I'm elated to be returning to Kent State to direct Grease," says McIntosh, a 2000 Kent State graduate. "My first Grease experience was in 1998 playing Danny here at Kent State. Since then, I've become a long-time "greaser" performing in or directing the show more than  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.

Performances are Feb. 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students with a valid college ID or for those under the age of 18.  Groups of 10 or more are $7 each.  To order tickets, call 330-672-2497.  Please note, this production is rated PG-13 due to mature language and situations.

Patrons can beat the box office by ordering tickets online at www.theatre.kent.edu. The box office will reopen on Tues., Feb 1. The box office is located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance; hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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, Green renewed her pledge for an additional $25,000 and five more years.