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Ridgefield Academy Upper School Students Star In 'Grease'

Ridgefield Academy's Upper School transforms its Turner Hall into a musical production of "Grease." Photo Credit: Contributed
Students sing during a performance of the musical. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield Academy's Upper School put on a performance of the school version of the musical "Grease" in Turner Hall last week.

The Upper School musical has become a tradition at Ridgefield Academy. Students are required to take drama classes from kindergarten through Grade 5, after which Upper School students can elect to perform in the musical as their spring elective class.

Students learn the show’s book and songs. Performing it all teaches them to work together as a team. Students who prefer not to perform can support the cast from backstage. Some help with light and sound, whereas others help with set changes.

Although the whole production is student-run, the show is chosen and directed by Debbi Curry, the school’s drama and chorus teacher. Curry worked with music teacher James Kaye for months, getting the songs together, blocking the show and creating costumes and props.

Casting for "Grease" was done at the beginning of the year, and many students were double cast because of the high interest level for the musical. This gave students the opportunity to be a part of the musical each in their own way.

Assisting Curry in rehearsals was RA security manager Larry Curry. Both Currys offered RA students great direction and insights into their parts. The Currys both performed "Grease" professionally.

This year students in Aubrey Nolan’s digital arts class elected to create a behind the scenes video of the making of the show. The video was screened after the performance.

Head of Middle and Upper Schools Joe Perry made a special appearance in the first act.

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