Bear Grease

“I will see you on Broadway”!

– George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones)

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Written and Created by LightningCloud (Crystle Lightning and Henry Andrade)

We would like to acknowledge that “Bear Grease the Musical” was written in Treaty 6 Alberta, land and traditional territories of the Nehiyaw (Cree), Denesuline’ (Dene), Nakota Sioux (Stoney), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot).

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Melody McArthur

as “Frenchie”

Melody McArthur (Big Stone Cree Nation) is a multi-award winning pop-inspired R&B singer, songwriter, and actress from Treaty 8, Alberta. McArthur received the 2022 Indigenous Hip Hop Award for R&B Single of the Year, 2022 Native American Music Award for Best Pop Recording, and the 2022 Indigenous Superstar Awards for Best Pop and Rising Star. Recently McArthur hit #1 on the National Indigenous Music Countdown for her single “Fires All Over Town”, and has charted over 10 singles on the national syndicated countdown program since 2014. Melody stars as the electrifying “Sandy” in “BEAR GREASE the Musical”.

Teneil Whiskeyjack

as “Marty”

Teneil Whiskeyjack (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) is an Award Winning Actress (“DreamKeepers”, “Tribal”) and Performance Artist. Teneil has a degree in Drama/Theatre from Concordia University, was Keynote Speaker at Augusta University mand has recently made her playwrights debut with “Ayita” at the SkirtsAFire Festival. 

Whiskeyjack is the 2024 Esquao Award recipient of the arts and her latest film “Hey Viktor” has just made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been named Top 10 Canadian Films of 2024. Whiskeyjack plays the rhythmic “Marty” in BEAR GREASE.

Justin Giehm

as “Sonny Boy”

Justin Giehm (Navajo/Dine’) is a New Mexican dancer, model and actor known for his work in “Jamestown” (PBS) and “Ridiculous 6” (Netflix). He became a member of “Dancing Earth” in 2014 which lead to him being casted in “Jamestown” which filmed in Europe, and in “Doctor Atomic” with Director Peter Sellars at the Santa Fe Opera.

Justin has performed in “Between Underground and Sky World” at Presidio and Dance Mission Theatre in San Francisco, CA and the historic  Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Giehm plays the wisecracking “Sonny Boy” in Bear Grease the Musical.

Raven Bright

as “Roger”

Raven Bright (Navajo/Dine’) is an Indigenous contemporary artist that resides in the occupied Tewa land of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raven comes to us from “Dancing Earth Creations” under Rulan Tangen and has a background experience of 15 years with the art of Breaking and Hip-Hop culture.

Bright is claimed by the Dibéłizhiní (Black Sheep Clan) of the Diné people. Raven creates connection to land, culture, and its people through the movement he offers. “Every step you take on the dance floor is a deep heart beat of our people. The steps ahead are already imprinted and it’s your destiny to follow and build upon them”. He plays the crazy legged “Roger” in Bear Grease!

Crystle Lightning


Crystle Lightning (Canadian Screen Award Winner for “Best Actress in a Drama Series” 2021) is an Indigenous Actress from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta. She began her show business journey at the young age of nine when the Lightning Family moved from Canada to Los Angeles, there Crystle landed her first lead role in the feature: “3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up” and she has been working in the industry ever since.

Crystle’s Film and Television appearances include: “Outlander”(Starz), “Trickster”(CW), “The Good Doctor”(ABC), “Ghosts”(CBS), “Three Pines” (Prime TV), “Lawmen: Bass Reeves”(Paramount +). This year you will see Crystle in “Spirit Rangers” (Netflix), George R. R. Martin’s “Mary Margaret Road Grader” (Directed by Steven Paul Judd) and “Fancy Dance” (Directed by Erica Tremblay).

Crystle Lightning is Co-Creator of the all-native, hit musical “BEAR GREASE” (an Indigenous twist to the 1978 Classic, “Grease”) where she also makes her Directorial Debut. Lightning has trained in LA’s oldest and most respected acting school, the Beverly Hills Playhouse under the great Milton Katselas.

Crystle lives in Treaty 6, Alberta with her husband, son and 2 dogs.