Dancing In The Dark

Forget Snapchat and TikTok. Go away, SAT tutors. No need to worry about COVID or climate change.

Last night, dozens of Staples High School students enjoyed a good old-fashioned dance-a-thon.

The dance-a-thon begins.

The back-to-the-’50s kids were Staples Players. From 8 p.m. till midnight, they filled the main courtyard for a fundraiser. Actors and tech crew solicited pledges, for each hour they danced.

And this was real dancing. No grinding allowed.

Highlights included the male ensemble performing “Greased Lightning” — twice. The DJ loved it so much, he wants tickets to the next show.

Which is, of course, “Grease.”

After 18 months away from a full mainstage production, Players enjoyed getting together to dance. They also hoped to raise $40,000, to cover the cost of sets, costumes and much more. With canceled shows — and limited audiences looming due to the Delta variant — the dance-a-thon was crucial. (Donations are still being accepted; click here.)

Show dates are November 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and November 14 and 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale October 23 at www.StaplesPlayers.com. For more details, follow Players on Facebook and Instagram.

(All photos/Kerry Long)


2 responses to “Dancing In The Dark

  1. I had the absolute privilege of being a chaperone last night and these kids are next level talented and SO much fun! Their energy and sense of community was incredible to witness – not to mention the sneak peeks into some of their Grease musical numbers!! Can’t wait to support cast and crew on stage in November!

  2. Jack Backiel

    That really looks like it was a fun time. I think Dan mentioned once that Christopher Lloyd, (1958 graduate) was instrumental in forming the Staples Players.