Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Auditions: The musical Grease at Playhouse 22


Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will be having open auditions for the musical Grease on Monday, January 2 and Tuesday January 3 at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Callbacks by invitation are scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 7 at 1 p.m.

The show dates are March 24 – April 9. All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

The show will be directed by Christian Carrara, musical direction by Raymond Zipf and choreography by Raven Dunbar.

Please bring an accurate and up-to-date schedule of potential conflicts, including work schedules, class schedules, vacations, and other conflicts. Those auditioning should understand that too many conflicts could impact our casting decisions.

Rehearsals are scheduled to start on January 9. Rehearsals will range from 3 – 4 weekday nights, depending on cast conflicts.

Full cast will be required to attend every tech rehearsal starting 10 days before opening night.

Cast Requirements:

Most of the characters are teenagers, however, we are looking at a cast of 20-30s to play these roles. Teenagers are also encouraged to audition. Additionally, those trying out should understand that the stage version of Grease and the film version are not necessarily the same.

prepare a short cut of a show tune that best shows the vocal abilities of the character(s) for which you are auditioning. Bring sheet music. Accompanist provided.

Below are the character descriptions and ranges.

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.

RADIO VOICE: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, A3–C5)

Dance Requirements:

Everyone auditioning will be taught a short dance combination. Please, bring comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes to dance in (jazz shoes, character shoes). Partner work and lifts may be asked of you at callbacks.

Questions can be emailed to or by calling (732) 254-3939. For more information about Playhouse 22, please visit

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