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GIDDY, GROOVY 'GREASE'

Hey, teens, how'd you spend your weekend? Watching the same old movies? Does hangin' with the group from Rydell High sound a bit more exciting?

Last weekend, "Grease" graced the stage for four performances at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

This excellent stage show was the basis for the movie, but with even more toe-tappin', finger-snappin' music to go along.

Prudish Sandy shows up at Rydell High on the first day of school to meet up with the Pink Ladies, who surprisingly are quite familiar with her summer love, Danny Zuko. The plot tells a lighthearted story about Sandy and Danny's struggle to settle their differences and become the hottest couple just in time for graduation.

Christine Hudman, who played Betty Rizzo, was phenomenal. She was tough and alluring, and gained the sympathy of the audience while singing "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," which was full of emotion, especially after the character's secret pregnancy was revealed.

The music in "Grease" is upbeat and leaves you humming in your seat and dancing the hand jive. This fast-moving show, (only about 2 1/2 hours long) drew crowds from the very young to the very young at heart.

There were some mild profanities and a scene of very "backsided" humor.

If you haven't seen the movie, the plot may be confusing with all the music and delightful dancing, which began even before the show, when the Buffalo audience was invited to come onto the stage and show off their dancing ability.

Overall, the show was fantastic. If your idea of fun isn't watching a show for hours, "Grease" has the power to change your mind.

Tiffany Lankes is a junior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.

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