Marie Fazio | March 23, 2017
The Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) is shaping up to perform “Grease” March 23-25 on the Washington Hall main stage.
Senior Morgan Rice, who is a producer for the show, said the musical was previously performed as PEMCo’s third main stage musical production in 2000, and 18 members of this original PEMCo “Grease” cast will be in attendance at the Saturday show.
Seventeen years later, PEMCo executive producer, senior Amanda Bartolini, said PEMCo has grown quite a bit in terms of budget and the show is going to reflect these increased capabilities.
“We really have a strong tech team and we wanted to emphasize that but we also wanted to have a big enough show to emphasize all the talent we have — over 100 people came to try out,” Rice said.
Senior Samantha Squeri is directing the show and said she collaborated with a group of producers to choose “Grease,” taking into consideration factors such as budget and talent pool.
Squeri and Rice said they were drawn to redoing “Grease,” a notorious fan favorite, and giving it a better message to make it more accessible in today’s world.