Grease

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It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together”, and “Mooning”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens!

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Character Descriptions
Danny
The leader of the “Burger Palace Boys”. Well built, good looking, with an air of cool, easy-going charm. Strong and confident. Grease (Company), Summer Nights (with Sandy), Alone at the Drive in (Solo), Greased Lightnin’ (with Kenickie & Burger Palace Boys), We Go Together (Company), You’re The One That I Want (with Sandy) – Male Identifying, All ethnicities, Excellent dancer D – High B Good Falsetto to High Db (optional)
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, Greased Lightnin’ (Lead) D – F#
Doody
Youngest of the guys. Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshiping attitude toward the other guys. Male Identifying, All ethnicities, Plays guitar (optional). Those Magic Changes (Lead), Rock’n’Roll Party Queen (with Roger), Greased Lightnin’ (with Kenickie & Burger Palace Boys), D – G Good Falsetto to high Eb (optional)
Roger
The ‘anything for a laugh’ stocky type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on. Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Mooning (with Jan), Greased Lightnin’ (with Kenickie & Burger Palace Boys), F – G
Sonny
A wannabe tough guy who thinks he’s a real lady killer. Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Greased Lightnin’ (with Kenickie & Burger Palace Boys)
Eugene
The class valedictorian. Physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high pitched voice. A nerdy apple polisher, smug and pompous but gullible. Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Alma Mater
Vince Fontaine
Adult, a typical ‘teen audience’ radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran ‘greaser’. Male Identifying, All ethnicities, Possibly doubling role with Teen Angel.
Johnny Casino
A ‘greaser’ student at Rydell who energetically leads a rock’n’roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock’n’roll idol (like Elvis). Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Shaking at the High School Hop (Lead), Born to Hand Jive (Lead) Good energetic solo performer A – C Good Falsetto to High C (optional)
Teen Angel
A good looking, falsetto voiced crooner. A singer who would have caused the girls (and women) to scream and riot back in 1958. Male Identifying, All ethnicities. Beauty School Dropout (Lead) Good dancer E – B Good Falsetto to E. Possibly doubling with Vince Vontaine.
Sandy
Danny’s love interest. Sweet, wholesome, naïve, cute. However, must be able to play sassy and sultry after her transformation. Female Identifying, All ethnicities, A – D Summer Nights (with Danny), It’s Raining on Prom Night (duet with Soloist), Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Reprise (Solo), Hopelessly Devoted To You (Solo), – You’re The One That I Want (with Danny) A – C
Rizzo
Leader of the “Pink Ladies”. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken, but vulnerable during a pregnancy scare. Unconventional good looks. Female Identifying, All ethnicities Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee (Lead), There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Solo), Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
Frenchy
A dreamer. Good natured but a little dumb. 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, Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
Marty
The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies. Pretty, looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Tries to act sophisticated. Female Identifying, All ethnicities. Freddy My Love (Lead with Pink Ladies) C – Db
Jan
Energetic, bubbly, and eating all the time! Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys. Female Identifying, All ethnicities. Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies), Mooning (With Roger) Bb – Bb
Patty
A typical all American cheerleader. Attractive and athletic. Aggressive, sure of herself, given to burst of disconcerting
Cha-Cha
Kenickie’s blind date, who dances the Hand Jive with Danny. Sexy, fiesty and overly confident. Is, and takes pride in being ‘the best dancer at St Bernadette’s’. Female Identifying, All ethnicities. Non-singing excellent dancer
Miss Lynch
The Rydell High School Head Mistress. Strict, demanding teacher, who would like to consider herself ‘hip’, but she definitely isn’t. Female Identifying, All ethnicities, Alma Mater (badly) Doesn’t need to be a good singer. May double as waitress in burger palace.
Ensemble
Many ensemble numbers. Will sing and dance in all group numbers, Cha-Cha and Johnny Casino will be part of the ensemble. All ranges needed. Male and Female Identifying, All ethnicities. Alma Mater, Grease, Summer Nights, Magic Changes, Greased Lightnin’, We Go Together, Shakin’ at the High School Hop, Hand Jive, You’re the One that I Want.