Pictured: Heidi Webster
Starlight Theatre has announced the 45 person cast, which includes several actors from Kansas City as well as principals and ensemble cast members from New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, for their self-produced production of GREASE.
Directed by Philip Wm. McKinley with choreography by Paula Lynn and music direction by Anthony Edwards, the production features Timothy Michael Quinn as Danny and Heidi Webster as Sandy, both making their Starlight debuts. GREASE also includes Don Denton (Kenickie), Cathy Barnett (Miss Lynch), Steven Eubank (Eugene), Anthony J. Gasbarre, III (Sonny), Eric Geil (Roger), Daxton Bloomquist (Ensemble), Joel Chambers (Ensemble), Gabbie Fried (Ensemble), Courtney Germany (Sheila’s Voice, Ensemble), Daria LeGrand (Ensemble), Erik Sobbe (Scientist’s Voice, Ensemble), Lindsey Olson (Rizzo), Quentin Avery Brown (Teen Angel/Ensemble), Bethany Fay (Patty), Landree Flemming (Frenchy), Anothy Norman ((Doody), Eliza Palsaz (Marty), Sara Reinecke (Jan), Anothy Sullivan Jr (Vince Fontaine/Ensemble), Cody Knable (Ensemble), Chris Brick (Ensemble), Meghan Faddis (Ensemble), Michael George (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Lily Klopcic (Ensemble), Henry McGinniss (Johnny Casino, Ensemble), Zoe Nadal (Cha-Cha/Ensemble), PJ Palmer (Ensemble), and Olivia Renteria (Ensemble),
The Blue Star Teen Ensemble in Grease is made up of 15 talented high school performers whose schools participate in Starlight’s Blue Star Awards program. The ensemble members and their high schools are: Margaret Ahearn (Saint Thomas Aquinas), Danielle Blankenship (Oak Park), Jordan DeLeon (Olathe South), Amanda Dulny (Shawnee Mission Northwest), Jessica Haney (Lee’s Summit West), Katie Hulla (Saint Thomas Aquinas), Holly Jackson (Shawnee Mission West), Alexa Morgan (St. James Academy), J.P. O’Donnell (Blue Valley, now at UMKC), Megan Secrest (Olathe South), Fisher Stewart (Olathe West), Devyn Trondson (Shawnee Mission Northwest), Megan Walstrom (Shawnee Mission East), Garrett Williams (Liberty North) and Tori Wyatt (Truman).
“With the speed at which we have to rehearse and stage our self-produced shows, we definitely want to bring in the ‘A Team’ of creatives,” said Rich Baker, Starlight President, and CEO. “In the span of just 12 days, this highly talented gathering of creatives and performers will deliver a production of GREASE that I believe will match up to anything audiences have seen on Broadway or from national tours. While it’s a big commitment of resources to self-produce musicals, we are thrilled to be able to deliver a top-quality show and spotlight a lot of homegrown talent on the Starlight stage!”
GREASE runs September 8th – 14th. For more information visit kcstarlight.com.