Grease!

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Grease!

It was 1997, the 20th anniversary of The Upstagers…and it was the Year From Hell.  In a typical season, The Upstagers would present a small musical in late winter/early spring, a large musical in summer, and three comedies the rest of the year.  However, in 1997 it was decided to be a bit more ambitious.  No less than three large musicals were on the schedule: Grease!, Oklahoma! and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Rob was cast as Danny, Terra was cast as Rizzo, and fellow Music Magic member Kathryn McWilliams was cast as Sandy.  Rob also was tapped for producing the music and musical direction.  Grease! is one of those shows that most stage actors feel like they have to have on their resume’, so it as much work as this show was, it was a labor of love.  Unfortunately, it was made more challenging in that a number of the cast members–Rob included–had come down with a bug that did a number on voices as well as sapping the energy of the victims.  As with most other Upstagers productions, this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm or the work effort to give Del Rio the best performance possible, and it remains one of the more memorable shows.

Grease!