Meet the gang: Eilertson, Doebler head cast of ERHS musical ‘Grease’

Abby Eilertson (center) and Alex Doebler (right) are Danny and Sandy. Kelsey Rausch and Bill Gleason at left are Rizzo and Kenickie. (Photo by Michelle Brooks)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Abby Eilertson as Sandy and Alex Doebler as Danny have the lead roles in “Grease,” Elk River High School’s spring musical, which will debut for the public Friday.

Leather jackets, bobby sox, poodle skirts, ducktails and ’50s rock-and-roll are hallmarks in this musical that’s been a hit on stage and screen since the 1970s, centering on the incorrigible Danny and the girl-next-door Sandy falling for each other.

“Abby brings an innocence but subtle strength necessary to play Sandy,” said director Michelle Brooks.  “Alex has the commanding presence and leadership to play Danny, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys.”

It opens for a  senior citizens audience Thursday at 6 p.m., then will be presented for the public April 20, 21, 27 and 28.

The rest of the cast in order of appearance includes Beth Brady (Miss Lynch), Emma Crane (Patty Simcox), Lucas Laniel (Eugene), Grace Heyne (Jan), Aggie Menke (Marty), Kelsey Rausch (Rizzo), Josh Vogel (Doody), James Bounds (Roger), Bill Gleason (Kenickie), Brady Murphy (Sonny), Ali Brady (Frenchy), Noah Gilbertson (Vince Fontaine and Teen Angel), and Morgan Shryock (Cha-Cha).

The Pink Ladies include Amy Honek, Kelsey Wakeman, Brittany Devalk and Emily Meyer. The Ensemble includes Emily Kliewer, Hope Martindale, Sami Turcotte, Gretchen Brown, Jeremiah Turcotte, Molly Perry, Emily Motin, Alexis Ayres, Elise Williams, Alex Thorsen, Hannah Gandrud and Marie Miller. Choreographyer is Alyssa Sha, the ERHS dance team coach.

“The audience can expect a show full of the songs they love,” sad Brooks, “such as ‘Summer Nights’, “Greased Lightnin,’ ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ along with fantastic choreography and fabulous costumes.” This version is appropriate for all ages, “because we want adults to be able to enjoy the story and music and share it with their children or grandchildren.”

ERHS Spring Musical At Zabee Theater

• Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m. (for senior citizens)
• Friday,  April 20, 7 p.m.
• Saturday,  April 21, 7 p.m.
• Friday,  April 27, 7 p.m.
• Saturday,  April 28,   2 and 5 p.m.