Grease: School Version - March 01 - March 09, 2019

Abingdon High School (Abingdon, VA)


Abingdon High School
Falcon Singers


Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey


“Grease: School Version” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


We sincerely thank all sponsors for making donations to support school programs.  Our recognition of the sponsors does not indicate the approval, disapproval, or endorsement by the Washington County School Board or its agents or employees of any product, service, information, views, or programs offered or provided by the sponsors.


Audience Etiquette

  • Please TURN OFF all electronic noise-making devices, such as cellular phones, pagers, and watch alarms before the performance begins.
  • Please don't talk during a performance.   Chatter is disruptive to performers and the attentive members of the audience.
  • Entering or exiting during a performance is very distracting.  If you must leave, please wait until applause has begun.
  • If you are in the company of small children, it is best to sit in the back of the auditorium.  From there you will have QUICK access to exits if the children become restless.
  • It is appropriate and courteous to remain for the entire performance.


Thank you for allowing everyone to enjoy the show.



JIM JACOBS (Book, Music and Lyrics). Jacobs, who created Grease (in 1970) with Warren Casey, was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago’s far northwest side. During the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing “greaser” student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark.  Seven years later they wrote what was to become one of the greatest musicals of all time. Grease opened in 1971 in a former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago. A year later, Grease made it to Broadway and “Greasemania” took off, resulting in one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. The 1978 movie became and remains the highest grossing movie musical of all time. Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Island of Lost Coeds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi/horror/jungle movies of the 1950s, which he wrote with Warren Casey. In May 2014, Mr. Jacobs was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Southern California and remains active in the theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago.


WARREN CASEY (Author, Composer and Lyricist) was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late ‘50s, he learned all about “greasers” while working as an art teacher in upstate New York. He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including creating the role of Bernie Litko in David
Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He supported himself with jobs in retail, including working as an assistant manager of a chain of apparel stores, and as a record salesman. In the meantime, he taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing songs. Mr. Casey acted with the Chicago Stage Guild (where he met Jim Jacobs), the Old Town Players, and the Kinston Mines Theatre. The latter company staged the original production of GREASE which he wrote with Jim Jacobs. After the incredible success of both the musical and the movie, the two collaborated on Island of Lost Coeds, a musical satire of the B-movies of the 1950s.  Mr. Casey died in 1988.