Jonathan Blake Flemings was ecstatic when he got the call to serve as dance captain for Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s 2016 season-ending rousing, dance-filled rendition of “Grease.”
“I had performed as Teen Angel in ‘Grease’ in sixth grade and it’s one of my favorite musicals,” said Flemings who acted in three previous Pittsburgh Musical Theater shows before donning his dance captain hat for ‘Grease’. “It was such a fun show and I knew I could have fun with it.”
A dance captain works with a show’s choreographer on style, technique and formation of dance numbers and maintaining the look of the production. The captain is in charge of the show when the choreographer is not present.
Flemings had a great time getting 25 cast members to perfect their dance routines.
“This was one of the best shows that Pittsburgh Musical Theater has done. Everyone was so talented and everyone brought their A-game,” Flemings said. “The music was great.”
In “Grease,” the kids think they rule the small town of Rydell. They head back to school—their last year at Rydell High. Danny is a member of the ultra-cool T-Birds — only interested in cars, chicks and hanging out with his mates; Kenickie, Sonny, Roger and Doody. Sandy — the new girl in school — doesn’t fit in with the Pink Ladies — Rizzo, Jan, Marty and Frenchy — although they are interested in her summer romance. Sandy and Danny are unexpectedly reunited — she is thrilled to see him again but Danny isn’t sure how hanging out with a ‘ good’ girl will affect his image.