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HHS puts on their dancin’ shoes for toe-tappin’ fun PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

The audience was toe-tapping right along with familiar tunes from the popular musical “Grease” when HHS drama students took it to the local stage Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23.

Josilyn Lutze started the show off right as Miss Lynch, the old-maid, serious English teacher, welcoming students to the first day of school at Rydell High School. Lutze was serious and strict—playing Miss Lynch with perfection.

Joining Miss Lynch for the first-day welcome were cheerleader/yearbook editor Patty Simcox, played by Brook Prottsman, and class valedictorian Eugene Florczyk, played by Erick Zink.

“We Go Together” marks the finale of the HHS production of “Grease” Nov. 22 and 23. Cast and chorus members are pictured from left, Jasmine Conde, Roger (Jack Gorwitz), Betty Rizzo (Brittney Lee Prottsman), Javy Rojo, Doody (Issac Brandt), A.J. Brandt, Danny Zuko (Zach Roll), Sandy Dumbrowski (Eva Penzing), Eugene Florczyk (Erick Zink), Patty Simcox (Brook Prottsman), Kenickie (Brandon Struckmeyer), Vince Fontaine (Cody Lamm), Jaxie Gerk and Sonny LaTierri (Ryan Parker).

—Enterprise photo

Both freshmen, Prottsman and Zink showed great potential for future shows.

Prottsman has been a chorus member for the cast all along, but just moved into the Patty Simcox role one week before production when a cast member dropped out. She didn’t miss a beat as the preppy, perky cheerleader.

Zink took the Eugene role to a nerdy height and was hilarious in his antics as the gullible nerd.

Little but mighty, Eva Penzing was perfectly cast for her role as Sandra Dumbrowski. Starting off as an innocent, she merged from Sandra Dee to sexy Sandy in a heartbeat, donning her black leather jacket and platform red stiletto heels to win the heart of Danny Zuko, played by Zach Roll.

Penzing is a natural on stage, and her strong singing voice added significantly to her performance.

Roll was a confident greaser as a member of the Burger Palace Boys and danced his way to fame in a fine performance as Danny Zuko.

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Doody (Issac Brandt) picks up his guitar and leads the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies in “Those Magic Changes.” Pictured from left are Kenickie (Brandon Struckmeyer), Marty (Anastasia Conklin), Sonny LaTierri (Ryan Parker), Danny Zuko (Zach Roll), Frenchy (Shaylee Krueger), Doody, Roger (Jack Gorwitz) and Jan (Dani Brandt).

—Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise November 28, 2013