My night at the Town Hall Arts Center’s teen “Grease”

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By John Moore
July 16, 2013

Opening No. 93: Town Hall Arts Center’s teen “Grease”: Robert Michael Sanders is the MacGuyver of the Colorado theater community. Not even three months after a botched routine shoulder surgery left his arms and fingers partially paralyzed, the actor, musician, set builder and all-around good guy directed the Town Hall Arts Center’s teen “Grease” that opened Juy 12 in Littleton. Sanders has made both progress both incremental and monumental in his slow but determined recovery, which has included an intense program at the Craig Rehabilitation Center. What he can’t make his fingers do, he uses gadgets to find other ways to do things. On opening night he not only tied his own tie (it took eight minutes) — he drove himself to the theater (after being certified by his medical team and the local Department of Motor Vehicles). He admitted to his opening-night audience that “Grease” … “is a terrible story with a terrible moral,” but it has good music, and audiences still enjoy it. His is a 70-minute, family friendly version with choreography by the lovely Shannan Steele. It performs again at 7 p.m. July 19 and 20, and also at 10 a.m. July 17-18. It stars Amanda Staab as Sandy, Lenny Gilbertson as Danny, and … let’s just say several dozen others. (Keep an eye out for young Devon Erickson, who sings a pretty spot-on “Those Magic Changes” as Doody.) Tickets $5. At 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hall’s home page. Thanks Ellen Shamas-Brandt, Seth Maisel, cast and crew.


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