Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 17, 1988
ack and soups up
IN Soph Show's not just another song and dance
BY BETH COLQUITT
I bet all of you have seen the
posters all around campus for
Grease. I bet you all thought of
Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta,
and Didi Conn with her pink hair.
Think again. The Soph Show pro-
duction of Grease is the original
1972 Broadway production, with all
the show songs left in, and the glitz
of the movie left out.
"The movie was campy and it
was kind of flashy," says Director
Jeff Lerner. The movie seemed as if
"they didn't trust the script they were
given. They kept having flashbacks
and scene changes. In the show the
whole thing takes place right there,
no cameras moving all over the
Most of the musical Grease con-
sists - logically - of song and
dance, with only skits separating the
musical numbers. "They do the steps
of the '50s, the Sock Hop, the
Stroll, the steps our parents did,"
The opening scene of Grease ,
omitted from the movie, is a high
school reunion. "It's kind of like
opening a yearbook, seeing who was
doing what when," says Lerner. "It
begins with a reunion, which sets up
the convention of why we are
The movie also altered the
Courtney Selan explains that in the
musical, "Sandy isn't from Aus-
tralia, she's from the same world
that they are, and at the same time
she isn't." Lerner adds, "All the
adults in the movie are represented
by one teacher - all the rest of the
characters are kids."
Assistant Music Director David
Kirshenbaum says that another ma-
jor difference between the two is that
there are at least four extra musical
numbers in the musical that were
left out, or played as background
music, in the movie, which also
contained about four new songs.
"Most of the songs in the movie
weren't even real '50s style - they
had a disco beat," she said.
The organization responsible for
this production is Soph Show, a di-
vision of the University Activities
Center which focuses on first- and
second-year students, who make up
the entire cast. Says Lerner, "For
many of them it's a new experience.
We need to build their confidence.
Many of them have never acted be-
"We have to show them that
they're capable of really doing
something, and of having a good
time," stressed Caroline Greenberg,
"We had a terrific turnout. 170
students tried out, and they were
mostly non-theatre majors," said
Until A Chorus Line appeared on
Broadway, Grease was the longest
running show ever, and it still holds
third place. Says Selan, "All the
parents wanted to relive it, and all
the kids wanted to see it (for the first
The producers expect that this
production of Grease will be the
first since the death of co-author
Warren Casey last week. "It's done a
lot anyway, but it will be performed
even more now, as a result of hts
death," says Selan. Rumor had it
that Casey and Jim Jacobs, the two
authors of the show, were about to
write their first musical together
Casey and Jacobs, both greasers
themselves, wrote about what they
knew. "It's a very clever script,'
says Selan, "It's an upbeat show.
We want to satisfy the writer's orig-
inal visions. We hope that won't be
hard. It's not a difficult show, (it's
not deep), it's fun."
GREASE is presented by the Uri-
versity Activities Center at the Lydi
Mendelssohn Theatre on November
17,18, and 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are
$S and are available at the Michigan'
Union Ticket Office and all TickeL-
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In The Spotlight
Shooting the Works
The Ann Arbor DanceWorks launches its fourth fall-season this
weekend with a program featuring several local premieres as well as
new works from several local artists.
Gay Delanghe will present the Ann Arbor debut of her satirical
dance for five, All of a Feather..., which treats the experience of the
artist as a financial and social outsider in the community.
Among the other works presented will be: two works from Linda
Spriggs Joy, a story of first love inspired by the Langston Hughes
poem of the same name; and Public Places/Private Spaces, a
unique collaboration combining dance and architecture.
The performance will be held tonight through Saturday night at
8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the MacIntosh Theater of,
the School of Music. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors.
Speaking in tongues
Ever watch an opera and puzzle over what language it's written
in? Well, now you have the chance to see one that's supposed to
be like that, as conductor/composer/pianist Donald Bryant
presents his operatic adaptation of The Tower of Babel.
Based loosely on the story from the book of Genesis, but with
several additions to the plot (including groups of tourists gawking
at the tower and a puppet show), the opera features over 100
performers and a 24-piece orchestra.
Performances are tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the
First Presbyterian Church, located at 1432 Washtenaw Avenue.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children, and are available at the
a literary critic as well as a teacher of
Johnson's at Southern Illinois U-
versity, wrote of the novel, "The
storyteller's voice... is as magical
and human as the Faulkner voice; jP
some ways even better."
"I have to know the story befor% I
write it," Johnson says. "When I get
an idea, a voice, a story, and most
importantly a question I want to ex-
plain, then I can write. I write every
day until it's done."
Johnson's career - from his col-
lection of short stories, The Sor-
cerer' sApprentice, to his most rel
cent novel, Oxherding Tale --
shows a constant change and rest
lessness with new ideas and voices.
Johnson pursues this novelty in all
his work, and encourages'it in his
students as Washington University,
where he serves as head of the Cre-
ative Writing department.
"You have to try and do some
thing in your new story that you
haven't done before," Johnson in-
CHARLES JOHNSON will read
from his works at S p.m. in t
Rackham East Conference Room;
fourth floor. The selection will b
the first chapter from a novel-i -
progress, tentatively titled Ruther
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