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April 26, 2002
DH-02-TK-035
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Stages and Broadcasts the High-Spirited Musical "Grease"

Carson, CA - The University Theatre is the setting as California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) stages the hit Broadway '50s musical "Grease," beginning Friday, April 26, and continuing through Sunday, May 5. One of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history, this fun and high-spirited production opens at 8 p.m. on April 26, and continues on Saturday, April 27 and Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. The musical can also been seen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 5.

A "live" TV broadcast is scheduled at 8 p.m. for the Saturday, May 4, performance. "LIVE from Dominguez Hills" will broadcast from the University Theatre on L@36, cable television systems throughout California and the Internet. Viewers should check their local listings or log on to the broadcast at http://domininguezonline.csudh.edu

"Dominguez Hills is the only campus in California, if not the United States that is able to broadcast live performances from a university theatre," reports Warren Ashley, director of mediated instruction and distance learning. The URL to connect to the broadcast will be: http://dhtv1.csudh.edu/redirect/grease.htm

Called "a treat for the whole family" by the New York Times, "Grease" takes the audience on a fun-filled journey through the characters that made going to school an adventure for the students of Rydell High School in 1959. With music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, "Grease" provides the audience an opportunity to remember and in some cases relive the times when teased hair and leather jackets were the mainstream on high school campuses across the country.

Elizabeth Taheri directs this production of "Grease" for Cal State Dominguez Hills and believes her history as a director of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" on campus enables her to better guide this musical with many of the same student actors.

"I was very happy to have another opportunity to work with the very talented group of students at CSUDH," Taheri said. "I've been fortunate in having a wonderful music director, Sally Etchko, and dance choreographer, Carol Ann Tubbs, both professors at CSUDH. Both women have enriched the collaborative process immensely and have allowed the students to really shine.

"We are fortunate in that we have a tremendously talented and brave cast for this production," said Taheri. She added that student performers and production assistants including Kerry Frankson, Clarice Torrey and Erica Roddy, who all filled major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing," bring a special blend of growth and experience to "Grease."

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the CSUDH Department of Theatre Arts participates regularly in the American College Theatre Festival. The university is a member of both the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) and the Southern California Educational Theatre Association (SCETA). Moreover, our actors vie each year for national recognition by auditioning for both the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) and the League of Professional Theatres.

California State University, Dominguez Hills takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Please visit the university website at www.csudh.edu for information on campus curriculum and activities. Learn more about upcoming events presented by the Department of Theatre Arts at www.csudh.edu/theatre/index.html.

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