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Young set designer brings his talent to Matunuck

June 30, 2014

MATUNUCK – Many are familiar with the musical and the film “Grease.” It’s easy to imagine Rydell High, the diner the gangs frequent, and the drive-in theater where Danny takes Sandy on a date. At Theatre By The Sea this summer, the traditional set is getting a makeover thanks to the vision of one young scenic designer.
20-year-old Nate Bertone of Salem, Mass., is tasked with taking what he called the “jukebox” and “standard” set and updating it, while maintaining some of the familiar “Grease” feel.
“‘Grease’ is a story that everyone seems to know,” he said. “It’s done a very specific way. I wanted to keep some of that but also steer away from that in a new direction that potentially hasn’t been seen before.”
Bertone said he redesigned the set four times before he, Director Kevin Hill, and Owner/Producer Bill Hanney settled on a design.
“It’s rarely reinterpreted,” Bertone said of the set design for “Grease.” “I’ve seen ‘Grease’ so many times and the movie hundreds of times and finding a way to combine those, but also give the audience something fresh was a little bit tasking.”

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