You Better Shape Up! Maddie Hammond talks about playing Sandy in "Grease," opening this Friday, Sept. 26, at the Village Square Theatre

grease4 Grease at Village Square Theatre is going to be  like no other show that you have ever seen before. Get ready to take a trip back to the 1950’s and see all the characters you love…Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds, and even Eugene.  It all begins September 26thand will run through October 12th!

Maddie Hammond

My hope is that it will just as awesome to see the show, as it is to be in it. For me, having the opportunity to play the role of Sandy is the most incredible experience in my 11 years of theatre.  It has been such a blast working with the amazingly talented cast and crew that put their whole hearts into every single rehearsal.  I am beyond thankful for this opportunity to portray Sandy, and I hope to make my directors very proud of the masterpiece that they are creating.    I started as “Little Indian Girl #2” in Annie Get Your Gun at Village Square Theatre eleven years ago, and I was bitten by the theatre bug immediately. I was playing soccer at the time when I did my first show, and I soon realized that I had a decision to make. Would I stick with the sport I had been playing for years with the girls I had been friends with for years?   Or would I risk it all, and pursue theatre wholeheartedly?  The decision was easy.   Theatre had stolen my heart, and my theatre career began.   Over the course of 11 years, I have somehow managed to be in 28 productions at Village Square Theatre, Town Theatre, and Workshop Theatre combined.   I am greatly humbled when I look back and think of all the memories I have made, all the people I have met, and all the knowledge I have acquired regarding theatre and life in general.  Theatre has helped me achieve self-discipline, flexibility, confidence, and an all around positive outlook on life that has helped me tremendously over the years.



Not only have I had the great privilege of performing on the Village Square Theatre stage, but Ms. Debra Leopard has so graciously allowed me to be an assistant teacher with the fall and spring acting classes as well as the summer workshop located at the theatre.


All of these wonderful experiences have lead to the auditions for Grease, and what an exciting time that was and still is! With every great show there are challenges, but with the intelligent direction of our director Becky Croft, and our insanely talented musical director Stephanie Nelson, we are able to perfect these iconic scenes. All thanks goes to them for bringing this amazing show to life through our characters and outstanding music. I look so forward to the curtain opening on September 26th.


At the start of this new season, patrons will have the opportunity to see that Village Square Theatre has undergone some renovations that have given the theatre a whole new look and feel. We have just recently gotten brand new seats in the theatre, new carpet, paint, and bathroom and dressing room upgrades.  Also, this season will be Mrs. Barbara Bise’s 30th season at Village Square Theatre, and what a blessing she is to all of us. We treasure her deeply and are very grateful for everything that she has done for us over the time she has spent at VST. We have a lot to celebrate, and be thankful for, this year at VST, and I am so thrilled to be a part of it.

~ Maddie Hammond

For more information on tickets, visit  Show dates and times are:

Friday, September 26- 7:30 pm Saturday, September 27- 7:30 pm Sunday, September 28- 3:00 pm Friday, October 3- 7:30 pm Saturday, October 4- 7:30 pm Sunday, October 5- 3:00 pm Friday, October 10- 7:30 pm Saturday, October 11- 7:30 pm Sunday, October 12- 3:00 pm