The production, directed and choreographed by NSMT artistic director Barry Ivan, reunites several cast members from the company's July 2007 staging of the popular series' first installment. Addi McDaniel and David Nathan Perlow reprise their roles as, respectively, Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton. Also returning is Kate Rockwell (a finalist on "Grease: You're the One that I Want") as Sharpay Evans.
The trio is joined by Christopher Williams (Ryan Evans), Benjamin Mapp (Chad Danforth), Mitch Dean (Jack), Carla Duren (Taylor), Omar Lopez-Cepero (Zeke), Dana Steingold (Kelsi), Emily Walton (Martha) and Ron Wisniski (Mr. Fulton).
The ensemble comprises Brandon Arrington, Jameson Cooper, Calli Freyschlag, Kyle Leland, Lonna Marie, Kelly Martin, Tim McGarrigal, Taela Naomi, Mara Newbury, Kristin Piro, Courtney Romano, Casey Tuma and Brendan Turanich.
A local Youth Ensemble - consisting of talented young performers from surrounding communities - includes Bernie Baldassaro (Peabody, MA), Max Clayton (Manchester, NH), Michaela Della Russo (Melrose, MA), Kyla Fallon (Danvers, MA), Samantha Goober (Burlington, MA), Michael Graceffa (Waltham, MA), Molly Grant (Boxford, MA), Michayla Lupien (Hookset, NH), DJ Plunkett (Lynn, MA) and Ben Raffalli (North Andover, MA).
The North Shore Music Theatre is located at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, MA. For more information visit www.nsmt.org.
Here is a glance at the production, which runs through Jan. 11, 2009:
Photos by Paul Lyden