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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)

 

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.