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'Grease' goes back to elementary school

Get the motor revving because "Greased Lightnin'" is coming to the Northland. North Shore Community School, a K-6 elementary charter school, is putting on "Grease" the musical, at 7 p.m. Friday. The musical will not be presented exactly as people...

Get the motor revving because "Greased Lightnin'" is coming to the Northland.

North Shore Community School, a K-6 elementary charter school, is putting on "Grease" the musical, at 7 p.m. Friday.

The musical will not be presented exactly as people remember it from the 1978 movie.

They made it kid friendly, said Calvin Luhrsen, a third grader who plays Kenickie.

"I've seen the movie, but at first I didn't want to do it," Calvin said of acting in the play. "But my mom made me. From the name, it sounded like it would be a love movie, and I didn't want to get into that kind of thing."

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In the school's script, however, the love story is tampered down enough for Calvin to enjoy the play, he said.

The play still has many familiar scenes. The play has the pep rally, National Band Stand dance-off, beauty school dropout and slumber party scenes.

It also has the songs. The children don't sing; they lip sync. Some of the songs are changed for more appropriate ones, and some lines in other songs are dubbed over, but it's still "Grease," said director Carla Farley.

North Shore Community School has never presented a play before. Usually the students present a spring talent show, but attendance has been lacking in recent years. The planning committee decided a play would draw a bigger crowd, especially a familiar one like "Grease," she said.

The children are excited about doing a play, said Courtney Anderson, a fourth grader who plays Rizzo.

Acting is fun, especially speaking in front of people and dancing, she said.

Farley ordered a children's version of "Grease," and from there, tailored the script to fit an elementary school cast. The cast is made up of 50 children in all grades from kindergarten through sixth grade.

While rewriting portions of the script, Farley also added a few North Shore elements.

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Instead of being set at Rydell High, the play is set at North Shore Community High. All the teachers and the principal are named after the school's faculty, and the prizes for the dance-off are for local attractions and services.

Farley found the script, but other parents volunteered to organize practices, build sets, choreograph dances and make costumes.

"Everybody that is working on it has different talents," Farley said. "All the talents have made me really excited."

Farley said she also is excited for the children's reactions when they see the costumes and the sets together.

Calvin said he's sure he'll like them because he already likes the costumes.

"Mom and grandma put a lot of hard work into it," he said. "So I kind of have to like them."

"Grease" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at North Shore Community School, 5926 Ryan Road. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per family.

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