PHOTO CALL: Matthew Ragas and Laura Giknis Lead Grease at Walnut Street Theatre

By Matthew Blank
and Krissie Fullerton
21 May 2013

Walnut Street Theatre concludes its landmark 204th season with an all-new production of Broadway and Hollywood’s smash-hit Grease.



Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this musical extravaganza begins previews on May 14, opens on May 22nd and runs through July 14th on the WST Mainstage.



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Matthew Rags and Laura Giknis
Photo by Mark Garvin



Rydell High’s class of ’59 is led by Matthew Ragas as Danny and Laura Giknis as Sandy, both making their Walnut debuts. The kids ruling the school include Michael Warrell (Kenickie), Richard Cerato (Doody), Matthew Rossoff (Sonny), Adolpho Blaire (Roger) and Lilly Tobin (Frenchy), also making their Walnut debuts.

Rounding out the Pink Ladies, Kate Fahrner returns to the Walnut as Betty Rizzo, Rachel Camp as Marty and Tara Tagliaferro as Jan.

The Captain of the Philadelphia Eagles 2012 Cheerleaders, Tracey Dunn, will play Rydell cheerleader Patty Simcox in her Walnut debut. Eric Kunze returns to the Walnut as Vince Fontaine and Teen Angel, Nate Golden as Eugene and Mary Martello as Miss Lynch. Brad Greer and Elizabeth Racanelli make their Walnut debuts as Johnny Casino and Cha-Cha Digregorio, respectively. The ensemble includes Hallie Cercone, Owen Pelesh, Kerri Rose and Matthew Steffens.

Grease runs at the Walnut May 14 through July 14. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.