GREASE IS THE WORD FOR FOOTLIGHT THEATRE’S 46th SEASON (Ticket Giveaway!)

Forty years ago, Grease opened on Broadway and was a runaway hit! Just six years later, the film version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John smashed box office records to become the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. For many, Grease is STILL the word, and brings back memories of rockin’ music, fantastic dancing and, of course, tight black pants! So dig out that poodle skirt or biker jacket and brush up on your hand jive skills; this November, Footlight Theatre is taking audiences back to 1959 with an exciting new production of the ultimate high school musical.

Plot synopsis? No need. The classic, hilariously corny storyline – first love, teenaged cliques, fast friends and faster cars – will be familiar to many… and so will the 50s-style pop/rock soundtrack, jam-packed with beloved hits. From “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightnin'” to “Born to Hand Jive”, “We Go Together” and so many more, you won’t be able to keep from singing along!

Footlight’s large and talented cast includes Jennie Neumann (Rizzo), well known to local audiences thanks to her acclaimed portrayals of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Natalie in Next to Normal (both at the Arts Club Theatre). Jennie will be joined by Lucas Blaney (Blood Brothers at the Arts Club) as Danny Zuko, Alex Gullason (Titanic at Theatre Under the Stars) as Sandy, and Craig DeCarlo (Roger in FCP’s Rent) as Kenickie. Footlight’s production is directed and choreographed by Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau, with musical direction by Tom Arntzen and Monique Creber, set design by John Bessette, lighting design by Phil Guhl, costumes by Christina Sinosich and production stage management by Melanie Thompson. Tickets start at $19.59 (yes, the year the show is set) and are on sale now at www.ticketstonight.ca. Don’t miss out!

TICKET GIVEAWAY!
We have three pairs of tickets for opening night – Saturday Nov 10, 7:30pm at the Michael J. Fox Theatre to give away. To be eligible just post a comment below. We will randomly choose the winners next Thursday and notify them by email.

Updated Thursday, November 8th: Congratulations to Flora, Rob & Vaida who are each the lucky recipient of a pair of tickets to the opening night of Footlight Theatre’s Grease at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Saturday, November 10th. Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment! Keep your eyes open for upcoming contests with Inside Vancouver.

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