The clothes, the hair, the music, and the fashion style from the 1950s are all instantly recognizable.
And a group of young people have embraced this style - if only temporarily - as they take to The ACT stage on Saturday with two performances of Grease.
The Odeum Theatre Society, a non-profit group that teaches musical theatre over the summer to interested youth, is putting on the musical, made famous by the movie version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
"We chose Grease because of its lively music and dance, and because so many of our students from previous years wanted to do it," said Rayne Beveridge, founder of Odeum Theatre. "What makes it special is that it isn't necessarily built around a dramatic plot, but around an era and a style of music and fashion."
Grease tells the teen love story of Danny and Sandy; of 1950sstyle gangs the T-Birds and Scorpions, and Pink Ladies, a high school girls clique, all with music and dance numbers.
The 1950s musical has been more challenging than previous productions, Beveridge said, because it doesn't just involve choreography, rather it incorporates real dancing.
Beveridge likes the musical Grease himself because "it captures the essence of the era it portrays."
The cultural themes of youth rebellion and image are still "valid" today, he added, "although the hairstyles and slang may have changed a bit since then."
This year, Odeum Theatre has had more help from volunteers and support staff, specifically with sets, props, and stage management.
The set designer is Marc Derochie, who has "overseen the creation of some really amazing set pieces," Beveridge said. The props master and stage manager is Laura Dand.
Odeum Theatre's production of Grease will be accompanied by a live orchestra, the relatively new Ridge Meadows Orchestra, with 11 members providing the music.
Grease will be at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl., on Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 604-476-2787 or visiting The ACT ticket centre.
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