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Ben Green and Zyna Bakari star as Danny Zuko and Sandra D. in the Yellow Springs High School drama club's production of "Grease." (Photo by Megan Bachman)

A swinging spring musical at YSHS — Grease opens Friday

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Yellow Springs High School students are eager to play their rebellious teenage counterparts at the fictitious Rydell High School and to jive and swing in the lively dance numbers of the 1971 musical Grease.

Grease opens Friday, April 13, with performances continuing on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, and the next weekend — April 20, 21 and 22 — at the Mills Lawn Auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Set in 1959, the quintessential play about high school follows its characters at a pajama party, drive-in theater, school dance and burger palace. It opens with a new student, the naive Sandra D. (Zyna Bakari), recounting her brief summer love affair with the popular Danny Zuko (Benjamin Green), leader of the T-Bird gang. The dancing is athletic, with throws, lifts and flips. And the songs are iconic, including “Summer Nights,” “Grease Lightning,” and “We Go Together.”

The play is rated PG-13. Parental discretion is advised.

The eighth annual curtain warmer fundraiser will be prior to the performance on Saturday, April 14, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Arthur Morgan House. Tickets are $25 and include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, sparkling wine and preferred seating at the show. To R.S.V.P. call 767-7766.

Read the full story in the April 12 edition of the News.

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