The class of 1959 has gathered together for their high school reunion and proudly recites the school’s Alma Mater (“Alma Mater”), led by their former English teacher, Miss Lynch. Miss Lynch calls up the former head cheerleader, perky Patty Simcox, and the class valedictorian, ever-geeky Eugene Florczyk. Eugene reprises his speechifying role, speaking this time to his fellow alumni and mentioning that some are missing from the present gathering, but he is sure they are there in spirit.
Suddenly, we are back in 1959, and the missing members of the Rydell High class are there in the flesh – the greaser gang known as the Burger Palace Boys and the sassy, gum-snapping Pink Ladies recite their own parody of the Rydell anthem (“Alma Mater (parody)”). It’s the first day of school. As the Pink Ladies sit down to lunch, the new girl – Sandy Dumbrowski – joins them. The girls talk about their summers, and Sandy describes how she fell in love with a boy named Danny over the summer.