Make us your home page
Instagram

Poodle skirts and leather jackets on tap as 'Grease' hits Eight O'Clock Theatre

LARGO

Fans who are hopelessly devoted to the musical Grease should hop into their sin wagons and head to Largo's Eight O'Clock Theatre where the high-octane production — two hours of '50s-style song and dance — premieres at 8 tonight. The show runs through May 11.

"This is the first time we've done Grease," director James Grenelle said. "It's a show people love and want. It's fun; it's energetic; it's all over the place."

An orchestra, framed by a humongous onstage jukebox, will transport the audience back to a sweet, but not-all-that-innocent time with memorable favorites like Summer Nights; Freddy, My Love; Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee; and Beauty School Dropout.

The classic hit Greased Lightning strikes gold with the help of an authentic, but quite rusty, Packard.

Though the 1972 version by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey didn't contain the songs You're the One That I Want, Sandy and Hopelessly Devoted to You (all made popular in the film version), Grenelle obtained permission to include them.

The musical does have a cultlike following, according to Grenelle, so don't be shocked if someone stands up and lets out a "wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!"

"I wouldn't be at all surprised if audience members come dressed in leather jackets and poodle skirts — hopefully not at the same time," he said.

A performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, signed by University of South Florida interns, is slated for Wednesday.

There will be designated seating as six interpreters, seated on the sidelines, take on a variety of roles.

It's the third time Eight O'Clock Theatre has partnered with the USF students in such an endeavor, providing deaf persons an opportunity to enjoy the show while giving the interns some experience.

For those who may not be familiar with the good girl meets bad boy story, let us tell you 'bout it, stud.

The Rydell High's senior class of '59 is a rowdy bunch of hand-jiving, hot-rod racing cool cats and their girls. Among them, the gum-chewing Pink Ladies and tough-talkin' Burger Palace Boys, led by head-greaser Danny Zuko. Over the summer Danny meets, and falls for, the wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski but he's not about to admit it to his gang. The pair spend the school year navigating the complexities of teen love.

The role of Danny is played by Kyle Hill, 29, of St. Petersburg.

"Unlike Danny, I wasn't the cool guy at school," he said. "I was the shy kid who read books in the library during lunch. Most of the roles I play are dorky, nerdy or underdog-ish, so this is a stretch, but it's fun being cool and part of the inner circle."

Mallory Quinn, 24 of Tampa, is a dark-haired Sandy who said she was a "good girl" in high school.

"Not anymore," she said, grinning.

She said her biggest challenge is wearing 4-inch spiked heels and dancing on a picnic table while singing You're the One That I Want.

That, and losing a few pounds.

"I have to wear black Spandex," she said.

Grease

The musical is presented by Eight O'Clock Theatre at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.

When: Tonight through May 11. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: $25.50 each; $12.50 for students age 22 and under with ID; $23 groups of 10 or more. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 is added to each ticket.

Box office: (727) 587-6793 or

largoarts.com

Info: eightoclocktheatre.com

Poodle skirts and leather jackets on tap as 'Grease' hits Eight O'Clock Theatre 04/30/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 2:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Three ways to top toast anytime

    Cooking

    We're getting better and better at putting Things on Toast, a culinary category that's hard to beat for its versatility. Some spreads applied thin can boost flavor while creating a protective layer between crisp surface and squishy toppings. Good loaves of unsliced bread allow us to control the degree of thickness …

    Grilled Corn and Scallion Toast With Cilantro Crema
  2. St. Pete Coffee Tours offer a glimpse into the world of local craft coffee

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — What started as a small gathering of friends is now a growing business that has people hyped about St. Petersburg specialty coffee.

    At Craft Kafe, Jason Waits explains Kyoto-style drip coffee during a St. Pete Coffee Tour in May.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday May 30

    Events

    Finding Neverland: The hit Broadway show follows the story behind playwright J.M. Barrie as he struggles to find inspiration to create Peter Pan, until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, …

    Mitchell Wray, Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer and Ben Krieger as the Llewelyn Davies Boys in the National Tour of Finding Neverland. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  4. Big rents and changing tastes drive dives off St. Pete's 600 block

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendra Marolf was behind the lobby bar of the State Theatre, pouring vodka sodas for a weeknight crowd packed tight for Bishop Briggs, the latest alternative artist to sell out her club.

    Sam Picciano, 25, left, of Tampa and Molly Cord 24, Palm Harbor shop for record albums for a friend at Daddy Kool Records located on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, May 20, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  5. Restaurant review: Features Gastropub in Riverview is fine as movie theater fare, but unimpressive otherwise

    Food & Dining

    Movies aren't exactly dying. Despite all the sturm und drang of predictions that Netflix and streaming videos would kill the cinema, global box office receipts hit $38.6 billion in 2016, a 1 percent gain over the previous year. But that doesn't mean going to the cinema is precisely what it was a generation …

    Soft pretzels are displayed with a beer at the Features Gastropub in the Riverview 14 GDX  theater in Gibsonton, Fla. on Thursday, May 25, 2017.   The 5,900-square-foot Features Gastropub open in the . This element of the project is the brainchild of Philadelphia chef Brian Duffy, who appears frequently on NBC's The Today Show and the Spike TV show Bar Rescue