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Beth Fowler Dance Company

Proudly Presents

“Grease and More”

For three magical summer days (and nights), “Grease” will once more be the word, as the Beth Fowler Dance Company and Beth Fowler School of Dance present “Grease and More!,” telling the story of teenage transformation and romance in the 1950s at Rydell High.

The high-energy, family friendly and super fun show promises once more to leave audiences of all ages smiling, as the Dance Company closes out its 2021-2022 performing season with a blast from the past.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday June 10; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. All performances will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb.

Set in the 1950s at fictional Rydell High School, “Grease” presents the story of popular greaser Danny Zuko, who returns to his familiar turf at Rydell in the fall, after enjoying a summer fling on vacation with the innocent good girl, Sandy Olsen. However, Danny is in for a surprise, as Sandy has also newly enrolled at Rydell, and he has to work even harder to keep up his reputation with his boys in the rebel greaser gang, The T-Birds, and Rydell’s popular chicks, The Pink Ladies.

But the biggest surprise of all comes when Sandy, herself, transforms into someone destined to drive Danny and all the boys at Rydell crazy.

The show will feature the original soundtrack from the motion picture, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The production is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

“It’s just such an entertaining, fun show,” said BFDC dancer Kamryn King. “Everyone who comes to that theater is going to leave with a smile on their face.”

King, 18, of St. Charles, will dance the role of Sandy, as one of the headliners of the large cast of local dancers.

King has danced with the Fowler studio from the age of 5, and has danced in “Grease” two previous times, in other roles, as a younger dancer. Her role as Sandy marks her first time securing the lead role in a Fowler production.

King, who graduated this May from St. Charles East High School, said she is most excited to share the stage in “Grease” with some of her best friends, perhaps for the final time.

“We grew up together, and we all just love this show so much,” King said. “It’s the perfect way for us to go out, together.”

King will partner with Ben Fowler, 19, of Kingston, who will dance the role of Danny Zuko.

Fowler and King noted they both have known each other throughout their childhood and teen years, and share tremendous chemistry on stage as good friends.

Both Fowler and King said the dancers truly have fun dancing in “Grease,” in large part because it is so different from the more ballet-focused dance productions the Fowler Company traditionally presents.

“We really get into the acting aspect of it, bringing our characters to life in our own way,” said Fowler. “And the audiences really get into it with us. It’s just great.”

Ben noted he is following in the footsteps of his brother, Brandon Fowler, who also portrayed Danny Zuko when the Fowler Company last presented “Grease” five years ago.

“Brandon did a phenomenal job,” said Fowler. “It’s been a fun opportunity for me to get into this character for myself, as Danny is kind of a bad boy, and I’m much more of a nice guy.”

The cast will feature many other Company dancers in the various roles, as well as students from the Beth Fowler School of Dance in children’s roles.

Fowler will also lead an ensemble cast of special guest stars, including boys recruited from local families and schools in DeKalb and Kane counties. The boys participated in weeks of special training and rehearsals to prepare them to take up the roles of Zuko’s friends and classmates, including the T-Birds and the jocks of Rydell High.

“I’ve gotten to know all these guys in this process, and these are a tremendous bunch, who are really going to put on a great show for everyone,” said Fowler. “I can’t wait to dance with them.”

In addition to “Grease,” the Fowler production will also feature an array of other dance numbers in many different styles, which are sure to delight, from all classes at BFSD’s studios in Genoa and St. Charles and a full complement of award-winning choreography from the BFSD Competitive Performing Dance groups.

Tickets are available online by Clicking Here by phone through the Egyptian Theatre box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour before performances.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. All tickets are reserved seating. Every child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Danny and Sandy onstage after the show, where photos may be taken.