‘Grease’ wows at 6th Street
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By By Don Gibble  June 27, 2014 12:00 am

“Grease” is definitely the word at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. I have seen more than 30 stage productions of “Grease,” and I have to say the production is the best I have seen. And the fact that seven cast members worked together in last year’s amazing production of “Les Miserables” at the Santa Rosa Junior College says something of the casting brilliance of choreographer/director Staci Arriaga.

Anthony Guzman plays Danny Zuko, and he is awesome. What a departure from playing Javert in “Les Miserables.” He has a future ahead of him, showing he can play such diverse characters. Same can be said about Amanda Pederson, who plays Sandy and played Cosette in “Les Miserables.” Her talent shows when she sings “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and when she makes her transformation and sings “You’re The One That I Want” with Guzman.

     Trevor Hoffmann, a 6th Street mainstay, is as charming as ever as Kenickie. You can tell he is having the time of his life on stage. When the actors are having fun then the audience definitely has fun. His facial expressions are very enjoyable to watch. Speaking of facial expressions, Kayla Kearney as Rizzo is simply intoxicating. Her two solos, “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” are so good you would swear she was performing them on a New York stage. She is so good you pay more attention to her in the “Beauty School Dropout” number than “Teen Angel.”

     Adam Blankenship excels in his number, “Those Magic Changes” and again with Trevor Sakai-Jolivette in the number, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Queen.” The ensemble including Gilles Stricher and Alex Sterling  give 100 percent, smiling and having fun every time they are on stage.

     The choreography and direction by Arriaga is awesome. The costumes by Barb Beatie are fabulous. The scenic design by Vincent Mothersbaugh brings you back in time.

     This show is so good you will want to come again. Bring your kids, your friends, even your neighbors!

      Call (707) 523-4185 for tickets. The theater is located at 52 W. 6th St. in Santa Rosa. The musical runs through July 6. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no show on July 4.

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