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John Lamb, Published July 17 2013

Lightning strikes: First-time director Domres lets ideas roll on ‘Grease’

FARGO - Ryan Domres could’ve picked an easier production for his stage directorial debut.

The 28-year-old tackles “Grease,” opening Friday night for a three-week run at North Dakota State University’s Festival Concert Hall.

The musical isn’t the problem – he picked it because it’s an audience favorite. It’s what Domres wants to do with the blockbuster. He has big ideas, but a small budget.

Luckily, he has a creative mind.

Domres recently filmed his actors around town and at Rothsay High School. The silent footage will roll throughout the play in the back-

ground, allowing a little more character exposition than the script gives.

“ ‘Grease’ doesn’t really lend itself to emotional moments. So, to bring the audience into the characters a little more intimately, we can do that through the use of film,” he explains, adding that the images will roll on a 10-foot by 50-foot screen.

“That really allows us to jump into their mind and their emotions more than the regular stage allows us to,” he says.

If You Go

WHAT: “Grease”

WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Tuesday, July 28 and July 30- Aug. 2.

where: Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University

tickets: $15-$30. www.fargogrease.com