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Book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
“Grease” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. www.concordtheatricals.com
JIM JACOBS (Book, Music and Lyrics). Jacobs, who created Grease (in 1970) with Warren Casey, was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago’s far northwest side. During the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing “greaser” student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark. Seven years later they wrote what was to become one of the greatest musicals of all time. Grease opened in 1971 in a former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago. A year later, Grease made it to Broadway and “Greasemania” took off, resulting in one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. The 1978 movie became and remains the highest grossing movie musical of all time. Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Island of Lost Coeds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi/horror/jungle movies of the 1950s, which he wrote with Warren Casey. In May 2014, Mr. Jacobs was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Southern California and remains active in the theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago.
WARREN CASEY (Author, Composer and Lyricist) was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late ‘50s, he learned all about “greasers” while working as an art teacher in upstate New York. He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including creating the role of Bernie Litko in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He supported himself with jobs in retail, including working as an assistant manager of a chain of apparel stores, and as a record salesman. In the meantime, he taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing songs. Mr. Casey acted with the Chicago Stage Guild (where he met Jim Jacobs), the Old Town Players, and the Kingston Mines Theatre. The latter company staged the original production of GREASE which he wrote with Jim Jacobs. After the incredible success of both the musical and the movie, the two collaborated on Island of Lost Coeds, a musical satire of the B-movies of the 11950s. Mr. Casey died in 1988.
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Shoreline Theater Academy's Advanced Theater Troupe proudly presents Grease, the musical at The Academy Building, 61 East Main St, Clinton (The historic yellow house across the street from the Clinton Town Hall) Parking available in the church lot or across the street at the Clinton Town Hall.
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Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (based on Taft High School in Chicago, Illinois, and named after rock singer Bobby Rydell) and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.
This event will be held outdoors on the Academy lawn. BYO Lawn Chairs/Blankets and picnics as desired.
BYO LAWN CHAIRS/BLANKETS: This production is held outside on the lawn of the First Church of Christ. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnics as desired to watch the performance.
Gala Event, 6/3 including social/refreshments: The Saturday, June 3 performance is closed to the public for the Annual Donor Appreciation Gala Event. This event is offered as appreciation to our generous donors of $250.00 or more. Donations of $250.00 or more receive 2 tickets to this evening of fun including light, hot h'ordeuvres and other refreshments during a social hour starting at 5:30pm. It will also include the special presentation of the Annual Samuel J. Reed Scholarship Award followed by the performance of Grease. The evening offers those interested in supporting Kidz Konnection a chance to meet first-hand, the many students impacted by the generous support of our donors and is always a special evening for our donors. If you are interested in tickets to this event please email [email protected] to learn more. We thank you for your support.