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Published July 11, 2013, 09:40 PM

"Grease" opens July 19th in Festival Concert Hall on NDSU's campus

Fargo, MN (WDAY TV)-- One of the oldest schools in the area is brought back to its glory days.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Rothsay, MN (WDAY TV)-- One of the oldest schools in the area is brought back to its glory days.

An independent cast of "Grease" filmed segments of the musical at Rothsay high school to capture that authentic vintage feel.

To students and teachers, Rothsay school is overcrowded and outdated.

But for these actors, it's the perfect spot to re-create scenes from 1959.

So, they're taking it back in time.

The actors, most in high school or college, are working on an independent production of "Grease."

Much of the school was built in the 1930s, providing the perfect backdrop for a few scenes they're filming for the project.

Dawn Gunderson- Moorhead HS English Teacher: "There was some scouting done and it just seemed so appropriate because this building has the right flooring, it has the right classroom setting."

Justine Liza- NDSU Musical Theater Student: "It's so beautiful here. It kind of sets the scene and makes you feel more like your character. Kind of makes us feel like we're actually in 1959."

Ryan Domres is at the helm of the project, coming off a stint as assistant director of Broadway's Cinderella.

The scenes they shoot here will be incorporated into the live stage performance, providing a different theatre experience than most people are used to.

Liza: "I think it will be exciting for the audience because it's kind of like going to the movies and going to theatre."

And what they're capturing could be special for those who went to school here.

After years of pushing for a new building, Rothsay recently gave the 19.4 million dollar project the go-ahead.

Meaning after not too long, this school will be history.

"Grease" opens July 19th in Festival Concert Hall on NDSU's campus.

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