Staples Players Dance For Dollars

After 18 months of COVID, “Grease” is the perfect musical for Staples Players to stage.

And — after 18 months of COVID played havoc with their finances — a “Grease”-inspired dance-a-thon is the perfect way to raise funds.

When the pandemic knocked out the spring 2020 production of “Seussical” 24 hours before opening night — and then canceled 2 more fall and spring shows — the usually self-sufficient high school-but-really-much-more troupe was troubled.

Ticket sales from shows like “Mamma Mia!” and “West Side Story” traditionally fund expenses for all shows, all year. Costs include performance rights, costumes, sets, sound, lights, extra staff, and whatever else it takes to put on a play.

Shows like “Mamma Mia!” are spectacular. And expensive. (Photo/Kerry Long)

As COVID eased last spring, a production of “Words, Words, Words … And Music” gave Players a sense of normalcy. But with ticket sales limited to 1/3 of the house, it actually lost money.

This year, directors David Roth and Kerry Long went big. “Grease” is a great show, with broad appeal. Bu performance rights are expensive — and they’re based on a full house, even if ticket sales must be limited. (The number of seats will be determined closer to opening night.)

So the popular dance musical has spawned a dance-a-thon. This Friday, October 1 (8 p.m. to midnight), cast members and tech crew will dance in the Staples courtyard — 4 hours straight. Music will span many eras, from the ’50s on.

The public can pledge donations, by the hour or for the full night. Click here for details.

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