Seattle ‘Grease’ Casting Announced for 5th Ave Theatre

Seattle ‘Grease’ Casting Announced for 5th Ave Theatre

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(left to right) Kirsten deLohr Helland as Rizzo, Saxton Jay as Kenicke, Solea Pfeiffer as Sandy Dumbrowski, Bryan Gula as Danny Zuko, and Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie. Photo: Mark Kitaoka
(left to right) Kirsten deLohr Helland as Rizzo, Saxton Jay as Kenicke, Solea Pfeiffer as Sandy Dumbrowski, Bryan Gula as Danny Zuko, and Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie.
Photo: Mark Kitaoka
Fresh Faces, Familiar Friends, and The Dusty 45s Will Rock Rydell High

The American musical sensation, Grease, will send audiences cruisin’ through the days of pajama parties, sock hops and drive-ins with an exuberant cast of Seattle’s freshest faces and favorite performers at The 5th Avenue Theatre this summer. Eric Ankrim directs a cast led by newcomers Bryan Gula as Danny Zuko, Solea Pfeiffer as Sandy Dumbrowski and Saxton Jay as Kenickie. Returning to The 5th are Kirsten deLohr Helland as the gum-smacking Rizzo and Sarah Rose Davis as beauty-school dropout Frenchie. A rocking band centered around Billy Joe Huels and the Dusty 45s will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Follow the whole gang as they hand-jive their way through their senior year with unforgettable songs like “Beauty School Dropout,” “Hopelessly Devoted,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and “You’re the One that I Want.” This musical favorite will overjoy audiences of any generation.

Grease plays July 9-August 2, 2015 at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle). For single tickets (starting at $29) and information, please visit 5thavenue.org, call the Box Office at (206) 625-1900 or visit the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. Tickets may also be purchased at (888) 5TH-4TIX. Group tickets buyers (10 or more) may call (888) 625-1418.

“Grease is an all-American classic of the theater canon that took off like a skyrocket when it opened on Broadway, launching the careers of dozens of celebrities, including John Travolta and Richard Gere,” said Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. “Our production features many of Seattle’s rising talents who are sure to become regulars on stages throughout the region and join the ranks of Seattle’s theatrical royalty.”

(left) Bryan Gula as Danny Zuko and (right) Solea Pfeiffer as Sandy Dumbrowski Photo: Mark Kitaoka
(left) Bryan Gula as Danny Zuko and (right) Solea Pfeiffer as Sandy Dumbrowski
Photo: Mark Kitaoka

About The Cast

Bryan Gula leads this exuberant cast at The 5th as the love-struck greaser Danny Zuko. A recipient of the Broadway World Award for his performance in Balagan’s Spring Awakening, Gula is a veteran of The 5th Avenue’s Rising Star Project, appearing in RSP productions of Oklahoma! and The Music Man. He also appeared in The 5th Avenue’s production of RENT. Gula is an entrepreneur an informatics student at the UW who recently launched a start-up company.

Joining him as the sweet high school newcomer, Sandy Dumbrowski, is Solea Pfeiffer, who has appeared locally in shows at Book-It, Seattle Rep, and Balagan. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at the University of Michigan where she appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Beehive. Pfeiffer just returned from studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London where she played Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida.

Fresh from her star turn as Siren in Lizard Boy at The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kirsten deLohr Helland returns to The 5th to play the strong and sassy Betty Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies. Helland is a familiar face for 5th Avenue audiences who have seen her in ELF-The Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!The Pirates of Penzance, and RENT.

Saxton Jay makes his 5th Avenue debut as Rizzo’s rebellious boyfriend and Danny Zuko’s best friend, Kenickie. He is a student at Cornish College of the Arts and appeared in The Wizard of OzThe Imaginary Invalid and Li’l Abner at Icon Theater.

Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie Photo: Mark Kitaoka
Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie
Photo: Mark Kitaoka

The versatile and vivacious Sarah Rose Davis has had a busy season at The 5th, most recently playing a multitude of roles in Jasper in Deadland and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her performance as Maggie in A Chorus Line was a huge hit with 5th Avenue patrons. In Grease, she plays the hapless beauty school dropout, Frenchie. Local audiences will also remember Davis from her starring role as Fannie Bryce in last season’s Funny Girl at Village Theatre.

As the spicy and flirtatious Cha Cha, Andi Alhadeff returns to The 5th after playing Persephone and others in Jasper in Deadland. Previously, she appeared at The 5th in RENT (Joanne), Oliver!, and (as a child) in The Sound of Music. She appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Jasper in Deadland and has appeared in workshops and readings for EastlandThe Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, We Foxes, and A Single Girl’s Guide.

Jordon Bolden, currently studying acting at Carnegie Mellon University, will play Sonnie. Bolden previously appeared at The 5th in Hairspray in Concert and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and at Village Theatre in shows including FootlooseThe Producers, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Kody Bringman, who plays Doody, makes his 5th Avenue debut after performing throughout the Puget Sound in roles as diverse as Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at ArtsWest and Link Larkin in Hairspray for Seattle Musical Theatre. He has also been seen at Balagan, Village Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and in Olympia at both Harlequin Productions and Capital Playhouse.

Kyle Robert Carter just finished a run as Virgil and others in Jasper in Deadland at The 5th. He portrayed Benny in the national tour of In The Heights, a role he also played at Village Theatre. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Storyville and he holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. In Grease, Carter plays the roles of Teen Angel and the emcee of the prom, Vince Fontaine.

Meaghan Foy plays the hopelessly enthusiastic Patty Simcox. Her previous appearances at The 5th include Val in A Chorus Line, Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and in the ensemble of Memphis. She has also performed at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theater and Second Story Repertory.

Justin Huertas just completed a successful run of Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep, a show in which he wrote, composed and starred. Huertas plays the ultimate nerd, Eugene, in Grease. His performance credits include appearances at Village Theater, Washington Ensemble Theater and Contemporary Classics. Huertas toured with the Broadway National Tour of Spring Awakening as a cellist.

Marianne Owen makes her 5th Avenue debut in Grease despite a busy Seattle acting career spanning two decades. A regular at ACT Theatre, she was most recently seen as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Owen will play the strict but lovable English teacher at Rydell High, Miss Lynch.

Sarah Russell returns to The 5th to play Jan. She was previously seen in Hairspray in Concert and RENT. She also appeared in Rosie the Riveter as part of Adventure Musical Theater (The 5th Avenue’s school touring company) as well as shows at Couer d’Alene Summer Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre and Studio East.

Patrick Shelton will play Roger. He was last seen at The 5th in RENT and Hairspray in Concert and has played roles at Village Theatre in several shows and workshops.

Joell Weill plays Marty. A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, this is her first production at The 5th. Past productions include Big River and Ragtime at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, as well as The Wiz and Once on this Island at Carnegie Mellon University.

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