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‘Grease’ packs ‘em in at CCMS

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By Sharon Graves

It was standing room only during the Friday and Saturday performances of “Grease” this past weekend in the Sam Simpson Auditorium at Carroll County Middle School.

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In fact, Saturday’s tickets were sold out and hopeful theater-goers were asked to return for an extra showing Sunday afternoon.

And it seems the wait was worth it. Audiences were treated to an impressive production with fabulous sets, excellent costumes and outstanding singing and dancing by the actors, all middle- and high-school students.

An ensemble band comprised of music director Jennifer Beach on keyboard, Kerry Mefford on drums, Dan Mahoney on electric guitar and Brenna Mahoney on saxophone, gave a professional sound to the production and added the aura of a live stage performance.

No details were left to chance.

The cast members even had their own walk of fame made up of marble-like tile blocks, complete with stars and the actors’ names attached, similar to the Hollywood landmark.

Producer/director Melanie Stewart and several other adult volunteers helped with the show, intended to raise funds for Students, Teachers and Parents Leading Education Successfully, known as STAPLES.

Many businesses, clubs and organizations, and individuals provided services and donated materials  and money for the production, which cost about $5,000, said Stewart, who also is president of STAPLES.

The production raised a total of $6,300, which will be used to help fund programs and activities at Kathryn Winn Primary and Cartmell Elemtary schools, Stewart said.

Following Saturday’s performance, the actors lined the hallway toward the auditorium exit and received congratulations from the audience as they left the show.

Stewart said the actors and volunteers worked and rehearsed for several months, and though tired, everyone is looking ahead to the next project to tackle.