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Adams High School Students Memorialize Friends through "Grease"

Updated: 03/02/2014 11:55 PM
Created: 03/02/2014 10:18 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Danny and Sandy will forever be the stars of “Grease,” but in the high school musical being performed at Southland High School in Adams on March 6th an 7th, the stars weren't even on the stage.

Tess Landherr and Phillip Richer are in the hearts of the performers with every line they recite and every song they sing.

"I miss her every day. I think about her every day, and I know a lot of my close friends, they do too," said Dariel Bustad, who plays Sandy, and said Landherr was her best friend.

According to members of the cast, Tess wanted to build a car from scratch, but since her life was taken in a car accident about a year ago, members of the cast did that for her.

"Any idea that she had, we've used that and put it into the car, and added some of our own that we also think she would absolutely love," said stage manager and car creator Cody Jones.

Friends say Tess’s laugh is unforgettable and she made everybody smile, but she couldn't be pushed around.

"If she had a problem with you she would go to your face about it, she wasn't afraid to show you if she was mad or not," said Bustad.

While Phillip was giving in nature, if "Greased Lightnin" was sung out of tune, he'd be the first to say something.

"It's very weird to go to choir every day and not have him make a comment about something because he was always critiquing our songs," said Rochelle Hovde, another cast member.

All of the smiles, laughs and friendships both Tess and Phillip created with the performers are just motivation in this play.

"Makes me want to work harder because Tess would love this play," said Theresa Torkelson, a cast member.

"To me, to this cast, to everybody, this play is one of the most important plays that Southland has ever done for our school," said Jones.

“Grease” is starring Tess and Phillip, but is being performed by their friends.

Local students stage "Grease" with friends in mind.