Auditions for GREASE

We’re kicking off the 2016-2017 season with that 50’s rock-and-roll classic, "GREASE".

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SHOW DATES:
August 5, 6, 12 & 13 @ 7:30 pm and August 14 @ 2:00 pm

 

SYNOPSIS:
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin’", "It’s Raining on Prom Night", "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

"A lively and funny musical-as well as the dancingest one in town. It’s a winner...the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it." - New York Daily News

 

The cast includes 9 male and 8 female named parts and the potential for a large chorus. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script as well as singing and dancing.  We will teach you some basic dance moves and a verse from a song from the show.

 

Character descriptions

The ages listed are the stated ages of the characters, not necessarily the required age of the actors.  Also shown is the characters’ desired singing range.

 

DANNY ZUKO: Male, High School Teen(Range: tenor, D4–B5)

The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm

SANDY DUMBROWSKI: Female, High School Teen (Range: Soprano, A3–F#5)
New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent

BETTY RIZZO: Female, High School Teen (Range:Alto A3–C5)
Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable  

FRENCHY: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, A3–D5)
A dreamer; good-natured but not too smart, she is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician

MARTY: Female, High School Teen (Range Alto, C4–C5)
The ’beauty’ of the Pink Ladies; pretty and looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated.

JAN: Female, High School Teen(Range: Alto, A3-C5)
Funny, loud, compulsive eater and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys

DOODY: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)
The youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar.

KENICKIE: Male, High School Teen(Range: Tenor, C4–F5)
The second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough-looking, tattooed, surly and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humor.

SONNY LATIERRI: Male, High School Teen(Range: baritone, G3–A5)
A
member of the Burger Palace Boys; funny Italian-American, he is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he’s a real lady-killer

ROGER:Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)
The anything-for-a-laugh stocky type of boy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas 

VINCE FONTAINE: Male, High School Teen (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A typical ’teen audience’ disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran ’Greaser.’

CHA-CHA, aka CHARLENE DIGREGORIO: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, C4–C5)
The best dancer at St. Bernadette’s; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.

EUGENE FLORCZYK: Male, High School Teen(Range: Tenor, A3–E5)
The class valedictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He’s a typical ’apple-polisher’ - both smug and pompous, but gullible.

JOHNNY CASINO: Male, High School Teen (Range:Tenor, G4-E5)
All-American, rock-star “greaser” student at Rydell High, whose real name is Clarence

MISS LYNCH: Female, Age Flexible(Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A no-nonsense, serious, loud, English teacher

PATTY SIMCOX: Female, High School Teen(Range: Alto, D4-A4)
A typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, but can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. She’s a bit of a pain and unpopular with the Pink Ladies, and can twirl a baton.

TEEN ANGEL: Male, Age Flexible(Range: Tenor, E4–F5)
Frenchy’s suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school. 

THE PINK LADIES: Ensemble(SATB)
The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls’ gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.

THE BURGER PALACE BOYS: Ensemble(SATB)
A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers... or so they think.

Radio Voice: Male, Age Flexible (Rage: Tenor, A3–C5)
A Radio Voice

 

For any questions regarding the play or the auditions, please contact the director, David Holmes at DHolmes735@yahoo.com or Curtain Call Theatre at webmaster@CurtainCallTheatre.net.

CREW MEMBERS & NEWBIES:

Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights or sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do.

They’re also GREAT for first-timers to come out and observe how things are done, maybe express interest in being a helper, or read for a part! We almost always cast at least one person who’s never been on stage before. You never know what can happen!  Being part of the chorus in a musical is agreat way to "tryout" theatre to see if you like it.  There are few things as satisfying as the applause of the crowd.

 

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