Grease – What a Show!

Grease Program Cover

Grease Production Staff

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!

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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?!

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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


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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5 Responses to Grease – What a Show!

  1. That is a great show – and timeless.

    • jjspina says:

      You are so right! It is one of my favorites of all time. This production was a high school production with incredibly talented students. It was very enjoyable! I am very proud of my grandson and all of the actors involved.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Fantastic I love showcases like this 😉 it’s so great to have a supportive audience

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