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Grease - AUDITIONS POSTPONED

Teen Show 2020

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Directed by Deborah Young

Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at Rydell High School and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, and love. With a soundtrack that indulges in the sounds of early rock and roll, it's a coming-of-age story that sets out to subvert common tropes of 1950's cinema in a stylistic, theatrical production.

Auditions

  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to postpone auditions until further notice. We will announce the new audition dates as soon as possible. Due to a much shorter rehearsal period, rehearsal times might be longer, and there might be additional Saturday rehearsals when the theater is available.

Rehearsals for Grease will be on Sundays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Tech rehearsals are mandatory. They will be held on July 12-15.

Performances will be held on July 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. and July 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m. There is an option for adding a 2:00 show on July 25.

Please bring a list of any conflicts you may have to auditions.

You only need to attend one of the above audition sessions in order to be considered. No appointments are necessary. You should plan to spend about 3 hours at the theater for auditions (perhaps a little more or less, depending on turnout).

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a dance audition, improvisational activities, and singing a prepared 45-second selection of a song of your choice. Please select a song that showcases your voice in style of this show. There will be a provided accompanist. Please make sure you bring sheet music with accompaniment.

The dance audition is mandatory so please dress appropriately. For those who'd like to be considered for male roles, if you own them, please wear converse style sneakers. If you do not, any sneakers are fine. If you'd like to be considered for female roles, please bring character shoes. If you do not own them, keds or converse style sneakers are preferred. Regular sneakers are also fine. Please do not buy shoes for auditions.

The role of Doody plays the guitar. If you play the guitar, and would like to be considered for Doody, please bring your guitar and be prepared to play something. If you can't, and would like to be considered for Doody anyway, please be prepared to learn a beginner guitar song during rehearsals. A guitar will be provided for the actor.

If you have any questions about auditions, you may e-mail the director at debbie_young@comcast.net

Cast requirements:
Director Debbie Young seeks 32 teenagers, aged 13 [by opening night] to 18, for this production.

Character Descriptions:

SANDY DUMBROWSKI (Soprano, A3-F#5) - New girl in town; naive, and wholesome. Inexperienced and vulnerable, can come off as uppity to her peers. Makes a sultry transformation.

DANNY ZUKO (Tenor, D4-B5) - Leader of the Burger Palace Boys; strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm. Worried about the opinions of his friends, can be a bit of a jerk.

BETTY RIZZO (Alto A3-C5) - Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken. Hides her vulnerability under a tough facade, but can-t help but let it slip when faced with a pregnancy scare.

KENICKIE (Tenor, C4-F5) The second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough, surly and works hard to conceal any show of softness. Has an offbeat sense of humor.

FRENCHY - A dreamer; sweet and good-natured but a little ditzy. Can-t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.

DOODY (Tenor, D4-A5) - The youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a charming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. Plays the guitar.

JAN (Alto, A3-C5) - Funny, loud, and less concerned with appearances than her peers. Pushy with a flair for the dramatic, struggles with showing she cares for her peers.

ROGER (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.

MARTY (Alto, C4-C5) - Sassy, dynamic, and knows how to get what she wants. Desperate for maturity, she makes her best attempts at sophistication despite her inability to filter her words.

SONNY LATIERRI - Zippy, impulsive, loud, and always eager to cut the tension with a crass joke. A braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer.

PATTY SIMCOX - A typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. Pretentious and therefore unpopular with the Pink Ladies, impressive with her cheerleading skills.

EUGENE FLORCZYK - The class valedictorian; smug and pompous. Knows he-s going places, and likes to remind everyone else of that as often as he can.

RADIO SINGER (Range: A3-C5) - A voice that haunts SANDY from the radio as she frets over what she-s missing out at the school dance.

JOHNNY CASINO (Tenor, G4- E5) - All-American, rock-star student at Rydell High. Sings at the school dance.

CHA-CHA - The best dancer at St. Bernadette's; a loud mouth. An accomplished dancer.

VINCE FONTAINE - typical 'teen audience' disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. A D-list celebrity and veteran 'Greaser.'

PRINCIPAL LYNCH - A no-nonsense, serious, English teacher.

TEEN ANGEL (Tenor, E4-F5) - Frenchy's suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school.

Please Note: In its original production in Chicago, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show. Subsequent productions sanitized it and toned it down. The Grease script that is available to perform is that of the original production, and The Barley Sheaf Players are not permitted by the licensing company to make any substitutions, cuts or edits. Content includes: cursing, drinking, smoking, mentions of sexual activity, and teen pregnancy. Please do not audition if you, or your guardians, are uncomfortable with subject matter.

Performances

Coming July 17th

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* Member tickets not valid for marked (orange) shows.

Purchase tickets and select your seats on-line. Tickets are also available via our reservation line at 610-363-7075.

Staff

Director
 
Debbie Young
Assistant Director
 
Kelsey Young
Music Director
 
Mike Macri
Producer
 
Steph Kupski
Assistant Producer
 
Kimmie Fetters
Technical Director
 
Allen Puy
Set Designer
 
Allen Puy
Choreographer
 
Kelsey Young
Costume Design
 
Stevie Tagye and Sherry Snyder

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