GREASE Jr. in Costa Ballena
-Credit Daniel Areyzaga
Jungle Dance and Pied Piper Productions GREASE JR.
A few years ago, Sharon and her husband Vee found their Hobbit House in Ojochal through House Hunters International. It was a dilapidated property that they took the challenge of refurbishing. Now, they are travelling regularly from Costa Rica to California where she is the artistic director to two theater companies, an actress, vocalist, coach and teacher.
Kelly and her family have been in Dominical for 8 years. Loving dance and having worked with children all her life, 7 years ago she created Jungle Dance for children of all ages where she gives up to four classes weekly in hip hop/jazz/free style and a yearly production.
Sharon spoke with Ojochal neighbor Karen Rath (mother of a youngster taking Kelly’s classes) about bringing theater to Costa Ballena. Within a day, Karen gathered 12 students and the classes began.
Sharon and Kelly bonded an instant friendship.
So many ideas came up that they decided to create Grease Jr, based on the 1978 musical featuring John Travolta. In May, after many dance, play and costume rehearsals, greatly enhanced by the backdrop that Sharon especially flew in from California, the musical was shown to a full house at Roca Verde.
In an amazing spectacle the youngsters gave their heart and souls singing and dancing. Overwhelming applause by parents and public who had come from near and far acknowledged their talent and efforts.
“You could feel an incredible sense of community, parents were beaming, everybody had pitched in assistance to make it an affordable presentation, and the kids helped each other out”, said Sharon Boucher who herself was beaming with emotion.
And when Kelly received flowers on the stage, tears ran down her cheeks:
“I am so incredibly proud of these kids. They fill my heart with so much joy! We will be back next year same time!”