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Greased lightning strikes Manitou

Andrew Pruden


Prairie Spirit School Division and this year’s drama production go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. The division will be once again partnering with Candlewick Productions Inc. to bring the classic “Grease” (the school version) to The Manitou Opera House March 15-18.
For assistant director Caitlin Cranmer, this year’s choice was made by popular demand. “We always give students the opportunity to vote on what they perform each year and Grease was always one that the students, and even the community, had requested. We’ve always waited for the right cast to come along and this year we had the right people at the right age.”
It was also the right time for the production as Cranmer points out. “We’re really excited to present it this year as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of Grease the movie so there are celebrations all over the continent to celebrate this classic.”
She also feels it will have a special place for people of all ages. “We’re very excited to present this particular musical to the community as we feel it is a production that evokes nostalgia. Whether you grew up in the era, are somebody who remembers seeing Grease in the theatres, or somebody who watched the resurgence of the classic on television in Grease LIVE, it’s a beloved musical for many generations.”
Drama production veterans Jackson Hacault and Julia Vanwynsberghe will be playing the lead roles of “Danny” and “Sandy”, while other familiar faces from years past will also be dancing and performing.
Audiences will be dazzled nightly at 7 p.m. from March 15-17 and 2:30 p.m. on March 18. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors (65+) and students (aged 11-18) and $6 for children (10 yrs and under) and are available at the Candlewick Box Office at (204) 825-8406 or at Nellie McClung Collegiate and CJs Convenience in Manitou. At the door tickets will be $15, $10 and $8 respectively.