A very special Schechter tradition returns later this month with the presentation of “Grease.” This year, the school celebrates 30 years of all-Hebrew musical productions. From “West Side Story” to “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to everything in between, Schechter’s eighth-grade production is an incredible milestone in the life of the school and creates lasting memories for students and their families.

Every year, beginning on the first day of school, our community anticipates this pinnacle of a Schechter education,” head of school Rebecca Lurie, ’93, shares. “There is no shortage of exuberance, energy, memorable music and dancing in this spirited, fun-filled musical.”

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The familiar story follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, who end up at the same school after a summer fling. Their reconnection isn’t as smooth as anticipated, and Danny struggles to convince Sandy to wear his ring. With the T-Birds and Pink Ladies, along with the usual cast of characters, the story winds and turns through high school drama and memorable songs.


“High school is a challenging time in many people’s lives: trying to discover our own identity while also navigating the socially dangerous world of adolescence,” director Ben Flad, ’99, explains. “On its surface, ‘Grease’ is a reminder of the simple joys of youth, dancing and love. But it is also a show that asks us questions about personal change and identity.”

Flad, who acted in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as a Schechter student, remembers his time vividly.

“Theater is a part of my identity and that is in large part due to my positive experiences at Schechter,” he wrote. “As a Schechter alumnus, it means a great deal to me to be able to return to direct this production after also previously performing in one. To be part of a community tradition that has continued for 30 years, to be part of this piece of our community’s identity, is something too special to be captured in words.”

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Maddie Kadden, 22, who plays Sandy, is honored by the opportunity to play such an iconic character.

“Acting in ‘Grease’ means that I get to explore new roles and opportunities for myself,” she says. “I have never had a role quite like Sandy, and I am able to really grow as an actor in a part I am not as used to. ‘Grease’ is also just a fun show, and I am really able to enjoy rehearsals and just have fun with it.” 

“I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and I haven’t really had that opportunity yet,” Avery Judd, ’22, who plays Mikey, adds. “I feel like it’s a good bonding experience.”

The show will take place at JCC Greater Boston on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

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