This summer, step on a new stage and feel the thrill of performing at the Ledge Amphitheatre. After last year’s inaugural production of Cinderella, GREAT Theatre is working hard to make this summer a blast! Rated the No. 1 show audiences wanted to see in 2022, GREASE gets a new look with electrifying spectacle, breathtaking choreography, and eye-popping performances. You’re the one we want to audition for this special event! Fall in love again with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and Burger Palace Boys as they celebrate teen angst, rebellion, and first loves. Sing along with the beloved rock n’ roll score, including “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the one that I want,” “Raining on Prom Night,” “We Go Together,” and more! Don’t let your summer days drift away; experience summer lovin’ with GREAT.
Content Advisory: While this nostalgic musical is remembered for its larger-than-life teen love story, catchy songs, and coordinated dance numbers, please note that the script also contains adult language, crude humor, overt visual and verbal sexual references, underaged drinking, and smoking.
Director: Kendra Norton Dando
Choreographer: Allyson Richert
Assistant Choreographer: Desiree Clark
Music Director: Hillary Vermillion
Scenic Designer: Colin Jarrell
Costume Designer: Edith Moreno
Lighting Designer: Grant Merges
Sound Designer: Steve Sanders
Prop Designer: Bonnie Bologna
Producer: Aaron Porter
Production & Stage Manager: Nick Loweree
Volunteer Advocate: Aimee Miron
Effective April 25th: Masks are optional and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test are no longer required for GREAT staff or volunteers. We remain committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions and will continue to follow CDC and MDH guidelines to ensure we remain open in the safest way possible.
Grease is a high-energy show with a lot of physical movement and partner dance. As such, most roles involve some level of physical intimacy/touch. Intimacy occurs between multiple characters and includes kissing, embracing, and other moments of physical touch. Characters who engage in specific moments of physical intimacy and kissing are noted in character descriptions.
DANNY: The leader of the “Burger palace Boys.” Strong and confident with an air of cool easy-going charm. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: tenor, D4–B5. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
SANDY: New girl in town; hopeless romantic. Finds friendship in the Pink Ladies who help her uncover her own social savviness. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Soprano with high belt , A3–F#5. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
THE “PINK LADIES”: The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls’ gang that hangs around with the “Burger Palace Boys.”
- RIZZO: Leader of the Pink Ladies. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Alto A3–C5. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
- FRENCHY: A dreamer. Good-natured. Heavily made-up, fussy about her appearance—particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Alto, A3–D5)
- MARTY: The “beauty” of the Pink Ladies; looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range Alto, C4–C5. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
- JAN: Funny, loud, and the awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Enjoys a good snack. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Alto, A3-C5)
THE “BURGER PALACE BOYS”: A super-cool, D.A.-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers… or so they think.
- KENICKIE: Second-in-command of the Burger Palace Boys. Tough-looking, tattooed, surly, avoids any show of softness. Has an off-beat sense of humor. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, C4–F5. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
- DOODY: Youngest of the guys. Boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude toward the other guys. He also plays the guitar. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, D4-A5)
- ROGER: The “anything-for-a-laugh” type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, D4-A5)
- SONNY: A braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he’s a real lady-killer. (Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Range: baritone, G3–A5)
PATTY: A stereotypical cheerleader; attractive, 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. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Alto, D4-A4)
CHA-CHA aka CHARLENE DIGREGORIO: The best dancer at St. Bernadette’s; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Alto, C4–C5)
EUGENE: The class valedictorian. Physically awkward. An apple-polisher, smug and pompous but gullible. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, A3–E5)
VINCE FONTAINE: A typical “teen audience” radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran “greaser.” (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Flexible vocal range. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.)
JOHNNY CASINO: A “greaser” student at Rydell who leads a rock ‘n’ roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock ‘n’ roll idol. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, G4-E5)
TEEN ANGEL: Frenchy’s suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school. (Male Identifying, all ethnicities. Range: Tenor, E4–F5)
MISS LYNCH: A no-nonsense, serious, English teacher. (Female Identifying, all ethnicities. Flexible vocal range.)
RADIO VOICE: A radio voice, sings “It’s Raining on Prom Night.” (All genders, all ethnicities. Range: A3-C5)
ENSEMBLE: Students at Rydell High School, Beauty School Dropout Ensemble, Greased Lightning Ensemble. Loud, energetic, variety of personalities. (All genders, all ethnicities, SATB.)
Note about staged intimacy:
GREAT has been learning from Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (IDC) to improve processes and incorporate safer practices for theatrical intimacy in our rehearsals. The director of Grease has completed multiple levels of IDC courses.
Theatrical intimacy is any action on stage where the given circumstances of the scene or the overall production calls for touch, both physical and imaginative, or moments between actors of simulated sexuality or sexual violence.
All scenes with intimacy follow a specific set of staging and rehearsal protocols rooted in consent and safety for the actors.
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS
Please prepare one song from our provided list that best showcases your voice and demonstrates a connection to the character that you are most interested in playing.
- “We Go Together” – mm. 1-31, everyone
- “Born to Hand Jive”- mm. 1-23, Johnny Casino/guys
- “Beauty School Drop Out – mm. 16-47, Teen Angel/guys
- “Freddie My Love” – mm. 1-24, Marty/ladies
- “Alone at the Drive In” – mm. 1-29, Danny/guys
- “There are Worse Things I Could Do” – mm. 1-16,-29, Rizzo/ladies
- “Hopelessly Devoted to You” – middle of page 8 to the end (from “But now there’s nowhere to hide…”, Sandy/ladies
Choreography for “We Go Together.” On your audition form, please indicate if you have experience in tumbling (aerials, walkovers, back handsprings, etc.), baton twirling, or guitar playing.
Please prepare one monologue from the provided options that allows you to best showcase your characterization/acting choices.