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Chatham Community Players Announce Dates For “Grease” Auditions

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The Chatham Players is seeking performers for their upcoming production of “Grease”. The 12-performance production runs May 4-19, 2018 at the Chatham Playhouse. James Mosser directs, Matthew Hosmer is Musical Director and Jennifer Williams, the Choreographer. Rehearsals to begin in March.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th at 7pm at The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928. Please arrive by 8:30 pm and prepare 32 bars of a song (in the style of the show). Be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Come prepared to dance.  Performers will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination. Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received. For those performers the production company would like to see again, callbacks will be held Friday, February 9th at 7pm.

James Mosser and Jennifer Williams currently work at Union High School, one of the top training programs for theater students in the state of New Jersey. The UHSPAC has been nominated for over 126 prestigious Paper Mill Rising Star Awards, an event that recognizes excellence in high school theater, similar to the Tony Awards. They have won 31 awards and currently hold the record for the most wins ever won by a single show for their 2015 production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies winning 9 awards. Previous, Mosser and Williams directed and choreographed respectively Chatham Players’ 2016 production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” for which they were both nominated for NJACT Perry Awards.

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The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi 201.563.0362 or email ccpcasting@gmail.com. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

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 eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

Casting Breakdown

 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

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