Staff photo: Chris McGathey
I’m way too young to have teenage kids, and wuh-hay too old to hang out with them, but guess what? I honestly (really, really) like the HPHS drama department’s productions.
I credit Linda Raya for this. As a theater teacher and HPISD’s fine arts coordinator, she’s sharp as a tack, downright hilarious, and now teaching a second generation of young actors and songbirds. You’d have to see their dynamics in person, but students seem to really trust and enjoy Raya — and she’s got them figured out, period. As an aside, she told me once that she struck out for New York to be an actress, and years ago, life brought her here. I’ve always wanted to know more.
That said, Raya has 42 teenagers jumping to her beat for Grease, which opens Saturday night at the high school. Oh, and get this: She’s making every single male cast member get a 1950s-ish haircut. They don’t seem to mind.
You can find out more in Friday’s issue of Park Cities People, but take down these details in the meantime:
What: Highland Park High School students perform Grease
When and where: Saturday and Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday and Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.; Highland Park High School Auditorium
Tickets: $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission; available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in room G108.