Document Type

Grant Application

Project/Presentation Title

Grease, the musical


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Project Period

FY 2013-2014

Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs/ Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (loosely based on William Howard Taft Schooltll), follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love. The score attempts to recreate the sounds of early rock and roll. In its record-breaking original Broadway productÍon, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show. Subsequent productions sanitized lt and tamed ¡¡ flery¡'tzl The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict. (Wikipedia) Our production will be a collaboration among the Theatre, Music, and Dance students, as well as students from many other programs, In other words, this is a large scale project that involves students from the entire university, either as participants, or as audience members. We are asking for $14,000 to support royalty/rental, scenery, props, costumes, printing and publicity.