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Tony Award-Winning Musical Grease is Coming to Bradenton
BRADENTON – Get ready to cruise back in time as Grease hits the Manatee Players’ stage September 12 as part of the first full theatrical season at the new Manatee Performing Arts Center. The Tony Award winning musical runs through September 29.
Performances are Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $26-$36 including facility fee for adults, $15 including facility fee for teachers and $13 including facility fee for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 941-748-5875 Monday – Friday from 9-5 and one hour before curtain on performance days or on the Manatee Players’ website.
from Manatee Players:
It's 1959 and Rydell high is filled with rebellious, thrill-loving students. In the midst of this scene, Sandy Dumbrowski enters as the new girl in school. It turns out that she and the leader of the Burger Palace Boys gang, Danny Zuko, have had a brief love affair the summer before. While Sandy stresses to her new classmates the emotional attachment she and Danny had, Danny stresses the physical aspects of their relationship. The students at Rydell High have to deal with love, gang violence, teen pregnancy, andfriendship.
Bryce Frase and Emma Slotabec lead the merriment as Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski. The Rydell High gang also includes William Hellem as Kenickie, Rachael Henry as Frenchy, Paul Hernandez as Roger, Ashley Cronkhite as Jan, Steven Drake as Doody, Briana Lutzi as Marty, Joseph Rebella as Sonny, Jalbelly “Bella” Guzman as ChaCha, Jacob Brown as Johnny Casino, Nick Drivas as Teen Angel, Tara Collandra as Patty Simcox, Nicholas Kim as Eugene, Dawn Burns as Miss Lynch and Meredith Garofalo as Rizzo.
The ensemble includes Brandon Gutzman Ortiz, J.D. Carter, Killam “Tyler” Johnson, Tahj Porter, Nicholas Braxton-Cox, Jean-Rodny Lallemnd, Carlen Dickerson, Sabrina Bowen, Carly Baker, Chanel Cotton, Emily Arthur, Jessica O’Dell, Emma Diner, Miranda Wolf, Sarah Martin and Julia Oak.
All performances are at the Manatee Performing Arts Center at 502 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton.