May 14, 2019 | News
PBDA’s Upper Campus Musical: Grease

Throughout the weekend of May 10, 2019, excited audience members filled the seats of Palm Beach Day Academy’s Smith Family Theater in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts for the three performances of the PBDA Spring 2019 Upper Campus Musical, Grease.

Through song and dance, the talented cast brought the audience back to the first day of school at Rydell High in ’59. Singing classics from the record-breaking ’78 film like “Grease Lightenin,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” performers had every audience member – young and old – tapping their feet throughout the entirety of each performance.

Under the direction of Jan Cook and musical director Annette Johnson, the Seventh through Ninth – Graders showcased their talents through three skillfully delivered 80-minute performances. Families and faculty in the audience relished in the opportunity to cheer on students they have seen grow up at PBDA, some of whom have been students at the school since Pre-Primary.

Palm Beach Day Academy performing artsAt the end of the opening night performance, Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Johnson announced the recipients of the White Jacket, an honor typically given to a cast member who has shown talent, dedication and positive support to all involved in the show. In recognition of the award’s 10th year, the directors chose four students, rather than one, who best fit the above characteristics. Eighth Graders Annabelle Savage, Marina Steinle, Kate Griffin, and Maeve Mullen humbly received this year’s honor for their commitment to the Grease performance.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Grease whose dedication, late nights and countless performances practicing around their houses paid off!

For more information about PBDA’s Upper Campus Arts Department and more, please reach out to Admissions!

The 2019 Upper Campus Musical Cast:

Sandy – Taylor Handley
Danny – Felipe Ma-Pinto
Rizzo – Madison Oatley
Kenickie – Danny Beck
Marty – Lilly Arp
Doody – Parker Costa
Roger – Peter Panigoulias
Frenchy – Ava Tarone
Sonny – Dhru Patel
Jan – Caroline Carr
Eugene – Colin Nicoletti
Patti Simcox – Tabitha Webster
Ms. Lynch – Isabella Knight
Cha-Cha – Ava Gronberg
Teen Angel – Virginia Keen
Johnny Casino – Quintin Surles
Vince Fontaine – Jameson Hocher
Tina – Kate Griffin
Roxy – Marina Steinle
Nellie – Maeve Mullen
Donna Sue – Virginia Keen
Linda – Annabelle Savage
7th Grade Ensemble – Chloe Levine, James Caprio, Alexis Koch, Reilly Hollern, Ansley Middleton, Alexa Petrovics, Marin Cvelbar, and Samantha Bauer


The Crew:

Stage Manager – Billi Lerro
Assistant Stage Managers – Leo Byrne, Werner Salminin, and Jay Wexler
Crew – Ella Pastore, Rowan Morris, Ryan Petcove, and Mei Visconti


The Band:

Piano – Loni White

Bass Guitar – Mark Johnson
Percussion – Steve Salo

The Directing Team:

Director – Jan-Marie Cook
Musical Director – Annette Johnson
Technical Director – Richard Tummon

PBDA Performing Arts Grease 2019