Phoenix Festival Theater Holds Auditions for Grease


Phoenix Festival Theater is holding auditions for Grease on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21 from 6 to 9 PM in the Chesapeake Theater at Harford Community College. Actors high school age and older are encouraged to audition. Auditions are open to the public; all roles are open. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, June 22 at 6 PM. The musical will be performed September 16-18 and 23-25.

Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars of a song that showcases their voice and bring an instrumental accompaniment track to sing along to. Be prepared to learn four 8-counts of dance if the role you are auditioning for requires it. Actors may be asked to read a portion of the script. Rehearsals will begin at the end of June. Bring a list of all potential conflicts for July, August and September. Those auditioning are encouraged to provide a résumé of their onstage experience. Auditions are first-come, first-served each day; sign up begins 15 minutes prior to the start time.

The director for Grease is Cathy Koncurat, and the musical director is Lashelle Bray. Leslie Perry is the choreographer, and Emily Jewett is the stage manager. Please contact Suzie Thompson, [email protected], with any questions.

A character breakdown follows:

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 easygoing 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 loudmouth, 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, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers, or so they think. Radio Voice: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, A3–C5) A Radio Voice

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