Grease (Part 1 & 3/4)

As I predicted, I would find my notes after receiving my ordered DVD of the play.  (And sure enough, I found one page of 3 panels of cursive handwriting in green ink.)

Greasy Dates — adapted from the Printed Program! 🙂

Although I started twice to watch the DVD, I was unsuccessful in completing it (in the first day and a bit of having it), partly because I’m afraid that once I watch it, the magic and wonder of my first viewing in the wonderful Forest Lawn High School Theatre, would be lost, and so, I have resisted watching it so far.

Unfortunately, or perhaps wisely, I was told that the quality of the video is never as good as the LIVE performance by Ms. Melathopolous, as I was about to get change for my $20 bill.  Even so, at $10 per DVD, this was quite a bargain.

This update of my Greasy experience, is entitled ‘Grease 1 & 3/4’, to indicate that I haven’t reached to culminating blog of Celebration On Being Human (Part 2).

And as I have now rested from two naps today, and it’s about 10:15 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, I am left to wonder how long my muse should and would last.

I’ll begin with transcribing my hand-written notes first, and perhaps add a little bit of my DVD watching experience so-far.  This should make it easier for my to finish this blog series by doing this at least.

On the top of my first panel of the 8-1/2 by 11″ sheet of paper that I folded in half, I wrote,
Grease — May 5, 2017.

Some of the paragraphs, sentences, phrases, or words may have quotes around — double for key statements that you may directly quote me with, single quotes for emphasis on words or phrase, and dashes, hyphens, or bullets for points.  Generally, any text here in these blogs may be quoted and referenced on other blogs.  And some of the words and points, not too clear, but hey, its here for reference anyways*.  Okay, enough, let’s get on with this Review of 1 & 3/4!

* — and some of the words are typical of adolescents and their emerging or budding sexuality.  (Please feel free to skip over some of these words, if you are uncomfortable with reading them.  I trust that you are a mature reader, and shouldn’t be overly offended…)

If I recall, when Grease was first released in the Movie Theatres, it was rated Mature.  In my tender age of 9 or 10, this was pretty much the same as Restricted in my mind.  My Mom went to see it with a Teenager, and then didn’t allow me to see it.  It wasn’t until I was married that I saw it for the first time with my wife.  I could see, back in the 70’s what was considered risky, has now become PG-13.  My, how society standards have changed based on precedence, declining morals, etc.  But that is a topic of another discussion.  Please continue with my notes here, and you have been warned.

Author’s Note:  After publishing this post, I discovered and remembered that there was a School version of Grease, with changes made to the script and according to http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2156/grease-school-version, “The school version removes all profanity, lewd behavior, and Rizzo’s Pregnancy scare. Since Rizzo’s pregnancy scare is removed, the song “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” is also removed from this edition. The school version is approximately 15 minutes shorter than the standard version.”   This version, that was done, however, is NOT the school version but the regular full version.  Please see http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2155/grease.

“Great costumes, good choreography, fluid”

Summer Nights — leads 🙂

(Major part of the) Plot — sizing up each other (– comparison with each to establish sense of individualism and connected-ness).

Scene changes with music — great — I really appreciated hearing the music that kept the mood and flow going — well done!!

  • ‘Swinging R-n-R (Rock and Roll)’ —
    • ‘Believe in Me’ — a Hallmark film that I remembered watching and own that resonated with the era or time period of the play.
    • Da/Ha Da/Ha — tune (Haa Haa — my attempt to write down the rhythm and vocalizations)
    • Vigorous pelvic thrusts (or motions) from the boys — I didn’t write this down (but decided to include it here), but after seeing the first part of the movie again, I will mention it here — a bit too much for my taste and sensibilities, but consistent with script and play.
    • Photos – (shown in play when the girls were together in the bedroom)
  • Hubcaps
    • Mooning Ross – (another typical adolescent activity — I won’t define but you can ask an older adult what this is if you don’t know).
    • I thought about my Gr.4 Large Handwriting in 1976, when the movie of Grease came out — in comparison to my smaller, somewhat unreadable by others — a type of shorthand in longhand style unique to me.
  • Past — “Boob Mobile?” (probably a quote from the play)
    • Dance Standards (were different then with different fashions and modesty expectations)
    • Old — “Green Dream –“
  • The NEON light that said OPEN was bright, and a gasp from the audience was quite awe-inspiring, when it was turned on during curtain call or scene change.  And through the curtain, the light was still quite visible.  Nicely done – whoever got this sign as it evoked a certain nostalgia and huge visual appeal.
  • Then, the most funniest expression from the audience was given from a girl, who described these twisty looking trophies as “Those Are Weird!”.  (This was also mentioned in my  ‘Grease 1 & 1/2’ blog as well — significant and equally funny, if not more inspiring from the audience.)
  • Guardian Angels — and the reference to Debbie Reynolds was clever and most appropriate, considering that she was a well-known and famous actress of the time.  And now that she has passed along, along with her daughter, Carrie Fischer, this was most appropriate to include, at least for me, and I wonder how many other caught the reference.
    • This was perhaps one of the most inspiring parts of the play for me — beautifully done by everyone.  I hope that I won’t be disappointed to much by the quality of the DVD when I watch it, and remember that the LIVE performance of visual and audio and audience participation, was far, far better.
  • Beauty School Dropout — was one of my favorite songs of the music before I saw this play, and I must admit that the acting and choreography and singing, was quite exceptional good.  I could tell that the cast REALLY enjoyed doing this number as well.
    • Except for the blunt reference in the song to the punchline, “Hooker”, I enjoyed listening to a 45″ RPM Vinyl Record, along with my sister, who was a few years younger.  And seeing enough of the trailers on TV and other print media at the time, I kind of got the drift that ‘staying in school was and probably still is good advice’.  Alas, I digress, and return you to my notes.
  • Werewolves virtuoso (?) you — “H”
    • heater?  doesn’t work
  • Better if everyone went home
  • C’mon let’s GO!
  • Pink — Authentic (
  • Smile — laugh(?) away
  • Mickey Mouse Club
  • Ben Gay ointment
  • “Electrifying” — this was one of the expressions and motifs that seemed to characterize the excitement and thrill that seemed to permeate and extend beyond each individual character’s energies.  The genuine excitement and zest for life that often the Youth and Young Adults seemed and seem to carry, was contagious, and often influenced or cause others, in the audience and on set, to react accordingly.
    • This word, really made much more of an impact on me, the song “Summer Nights”, made later on.
  • “Always be together” — an expression of hope to keep things are they are in friendship and time, but knowing things would change.
    • I couldn’t tell…Ask my girl — probably a line, not quit sure why I wrote this down except that it seemed important enough to write.

So, these were the notes that I found.  I thought that I made more, but they are probably either still misplaced or lost.  That being said, I believe that I have rescued the most salient parts of my notes — the beginning and the end.

And so, thus ends ‘Grease 1 & 3/4’.
This should be the last installment of the ‘interim Grease blogs’.

Other Links

Celebration On Being Human (Part 1), please visit http://wp.me/p8HAsT-j
You may also visit ‘Grease 1 & 1/2’ at http://wp.me/p8HAsT-F

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About Lowell Aaron Court

He's just this guy, you know!! (Apologies to the late Douglas Adams, who used this quote to describe Zaphod Beeblebrox (Z.B.)-- pithy but nice for now.) It's also very curious that although I deleted my Google profile, that WordPress remembered it and brought my precious face (circa 2008) and former website link (now removed) to life. How often the cyber-space of complicated web systems (aka the Internet) "'continue(s) to' confound or rather 'surprise and amaze as always'" said Humma Kavula to Z.B..
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