Heights High students to perform 'Grease'

Junior Callie Swaim-Fox (left) and senior Flannery Jewell (right) will play Sandy, the lead female role, and senior Maurice Powers will play Danny, the lead male role.

Heights High will produce the musical “Grease” Nov. 5–7, at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 8, at 4 p.m., in the auditorium of the temporary Heights High in University Heights. The show features a love story between two teenagers in the 1950s and will showcase student singing, acting and dancing.

More than 130 Heights High students will perform in leading roles and as members of the chorus. The lead male role, Danny, is played by senior Maurice Powers, and the lead female role, Sandy, is played by senior Flannery Jewell and junior Callie Swaim-Fox.

“I have been impressed with the students’ talent and work ethic,” said Jesse Lange, director and vocal music teacher. “And I have seen so many of the experienced students step up to mentor the less experienced students. Their leadership has been invaluable.”

The Heights High Instrumental Music Department prepared a small rock band to accompany the show.

Keith Newman leads the 20-student stage crew, who designed some of the sets, operates and designed lights, and operates the sound board.

The show is a collaborative effort. “I really appreciate the support of the administration, Instrumental Music Department, the stage crew and director, and the vocal music parent organization,” said Lange. “Our parents are amazing. They send us great students and are wonderfully supportive of our work.”

This year’s performance comes after the high school’s major move to the temporary Heights High, with a smaller auditorium, at 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights. With the move logistics and a different facility, this year’s show features high school students only. In the past, shows also included elementary and middle school students.

Tickets are $6 and $10, and information is available at 216-320-3105 or www.chuh.org/vocalmusic.aspx.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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