‘Grease’ comes alive on CIHS stage Nov. 17

Story and photos by Rachel Kytonen

Directors Frank Wells and Bruce Danielson are teaming up for another musical this fall at Cambridge-Isanti High School with a presentation of “Grease,” the 50’s musical.

Performance dates are Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

Tickets are being sold from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on schools days at the ticket booth or by calling 763-689-6466. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors (with $1 from each ticket going to support the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center).

“Grease,” the 50’s musical, will come alive at Cambridge-Isanti High School, with opening night Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center. Above, the T-Birds perform “Grease Lighting.” The T-Birds (in the leather jackets) are cast by Jake Fixell (Kenickie, on the car), (middle) Jon Wells (Danny), Adam Peterson (Doody) and (in front) Jordan Zurn (Roger), Adam Heinen (Eddy) and Noah Bensen (Sonny). Photos by Rachel Kytonen


Megan Hovinen (Sandy) and Jon Wells (Danny) light up the stage during the musical “Grease.”


The cast and crew of “Grease” have been working hard during rehearsals. “Grease” opens at CIHS on Nov. 17. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to order them soon. Tickets can be purchased during school hours at the CIHS ticket booth or by calling 763-689-6466.


The Pink Ladies Cora Nelson (Frenchy) Megan Hovinen (Sandy), Hannah Palmer (Jan) and Jessie Peters (Rizzo) tell Sandy she should let Frenchy pierce her ears during this scene.


Adam Peterson (T-Bird Doody) sings a lead solo during a rehearsal for the musical “Grease” to be performed at Cambridge-Isanti High School Nov. 17-20. Behind him are fellow T-Birds Jake Fixell (Kenickie), Jordan Zurn (Roger), Jon Wells (Danny), Adam Heinen (Eddy) and Noah Bensen (Sonny).




The T-Birds


“Grease” Lead Characters


Sandy: Megan Hovinen

Rizzo: Jessie Peters

Frenchy: Madelyn Gunderson

Jan: Hannah Palmer

Marty: Cora Nelson

Ms Lynch: Mikaela Kase

Patty: Elizabeth Poppen

Blanche: Katie Skalicky

Cha-Cha: Elizabeth Nault-Maurer

Cheerleaders: Nicole Bergman, Emma Dimassis, Cassie Terrizzi


Danny: Jon Wells

Kenickie: Jake Fixell

Doody/Teen Angel: Adam Peterson

Roger: Jordan Zurn

Sonny: Noah Bensen

Eddy: Adam Heinen

Vince Fontaine: Mitchell Tillges

Johnny Casino: Donny Neisen

Sykes: Thomas Hamilton

Cameraman: Jerome Hunt

Teacher: Tristen Sima

“Grease” Cast & Crew


Bruce Danielson – Drama/Set; Frank Wells – Chorus/Pit Orchestra; Jen Danielson – Choreographer; Andrea Sandeen – Costumer; David Lumley – Pit Preparation; Kaila Farnsworth – Student Director

Pit Orchestra

Frank Wells; Megan Hallstrom (Rehearsal Pianist); Eric Anderson; Trevor Galligan; Ingrid Grandgenett; Jenna Hooper; David Lumley; Meghan Skiba; Clinton Treichel

Backstage Crew

Jess Christianson; Sam Faber; Brady Anderson; Christian DeMars; Russell LaBoe; Mary Zieglmeier

Costume Crew

Andrea Sandeen; Karina Sandeen; Kalli Beaulieu; Mariesha Voss; Amanda Paris

Lighting Crew

Andrew Pflipsen; Alex Heinen; Bryant Nelson; Sam Walz; Luke Williams

Prop Crew

Kristin Williams; Blair Thompson

Set Construction

Adam Peterson; Andrew Pflipsen; Cast Members

Special Effects

Andrew Pflipsen; Alex Heinen

Sound Crew

Adelle Nelson; Ben Williams; Ellie Osborne

Ticket Crew

Hanna Palmer; Cora Nelson; Jordan Zurn; Cast Members

Female Chorus

Katrina Barnes; Isabelle Barrett; Bailey Houle; Kelsey Lynn; Deena Oberlander; Hannah Seline-Wagner; Jenny Skalicky; Maddi Strom; Jennifer Szczech; Kurara Takahash; Sarah Titus; Arienne Woodiwiss; Victoria Ysker; Jami Zacharias; Jenna Zelinsky

Male Chorus

Jonah Benson; Jerome Hunt; Tristen Sima; Brandon Vernig; Josh Walz