On Saturday, February 15, 2014 I went to see my grandson’s play, Grease, at the Derry Opera House, Derry, NH. I sat mesmerized as the show opened and could not stop tapping my feet and mouthing the words of the songs. No, I did not sing until the very end when everyone in the audience was singing the theme song. There was an abundance of enthusiasm and energy and sheer joy being displayed on stage.
It was a rousing and fantastic time and an unforgettable experience for such a small venue. The show was sold out and well worth the price of a ticket. This show rivaled some of the shows at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH which has local professionals in their shows and their shows are wonderful!!
The actors were professional in every aspect of their performances and sang and acted their hearts out. They were thoroughly entertaining. The show moved me to tears and then laughter as it expressed so many feelings in each scene. I could not believe I was witnessing so much incredible talent on this small stage.
My grandson performed the role of Vince Fontaine and sang beautifully. He is quite the actor too! Of course I am prejudiced! Congrats, Dan, for a perfect performance!
The show was so outstanding in every way from the acting, and singing to the costumes and scenery. Excellence (not just Grease) is the word all around!
The Production Staff has to be the best anywhere to put on this fantastic show to such perfection. I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of them for their dedication and hard work and also to the actors who were all fabulous! The work involved in putting this production together is mind-boggling to say the least! Here is a list of the talented Production Staff below at the bottom of the page.
I look forward to many more fantabulous (my own word!) shows at the Derry Opera Theatre. Who says you have to go to Boston for entertaining theatre?!
Director: Valerie Psoinos Nelson
Asst. Director: Zach Paone
Orchestra Director: Serge Beaulieu
Choral Director: Donna Salviati
Choreographer: Valerie Psoinos Nelson
Dance Captains: Megan Reid and Danielle Souza
Stage Managers: Merissa Brousseau and Beckie Walker
Costume Coordinators: Denise Berglund, Becky Fainer, Valerie Psoinos Nelson and Rosi Svenson
Set Construction: Serge Beaulieu, Geoff Garian and Student Crew
Car Construction: Serge Beaulieu with special helf from Stef Landau
Props: Becky Fainer, Gretchen Gray, Valerie Psoinos Nelson and Crew
Lighting Engineer: Jim Browne
Sound Engineer: Patrick Pettingill
House Manager: Helene Staley
Concessions: Heley Staley and Volunteers
Program and Ticket Design: Laura Sammon
Poster Design: Matt Brown
Cast and Crew T-Shirts: Embroidery Creations, Larry Martin and Scott Sicard