Record crowds attended the performance of Grease at Catoctin High School (CHS) in March. According to director Cheryl Ehrlich, it was the highest attendance ever for a show at the school. Ehrlich expressed, “I couldn’t be more proud of the students, especially since many of the cast members had never been in a performance on stage before.” This was Ehrlich’s first year as the director at CHS, and she has made it a policy to give a large number of students the opportunity to be involved.
After the show, I spoke to cast members Colleen Slotwinski, Victoria Hoke, Tyler McNally, and Lauren Wotring. Slotwinski, a senior, who has been involved in every performance since her freshman year, said that dancing in the poodle skirt was the best part of being in Grease.
Wotring, a junior, said that she enjoyed the partner dancing, but her favorite part was the opportunity to sing “Freddy My Love.”
Hoke, a senior, loved singing the song “Mooning” and dancing with her partner. She has been involved in nine shows during her four years at CHS.
“Greased Lightning” was McNally’s choice for the most fun. Grease and Oklahoma were the two performances he especially enjoyed being in during his four years at CHS.
Catoctin High teacher Benjamin Zamostny was the music director/tech manager, and Kylie Reed was the choreographer. The cast also included Jeffrey Wilson, Tara O’Donnell, Madelyne Jones, Eliza Phillips, Maddi Wehler, Aubrie Gadra, Matt Imes, Casey Ecker, Christopher Reed, Emma Appel, Jean Pembroke, Samantha Casperson, Sean Miller, Zavier White, Madeline Godlove, Adrianna Bussey, Mackenzie Myers, Emma Ford, Amelia Myers, Mackenzie Myers, and Teairah Velasquez. Crew members were Matthew Wilson, Josephine Isaacson-Echavarria, Sami Starkey, Lauren Haller, Jude O’Donnell, and Warren Corbin.
Grease cast performing “We Go Together.”