AUDITION BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN
Director: Kristy Griffin
Musical Director: Katrina Tang
Choreographer: Kirsten Smith
Assistant Director: Hayden Crosweller
Grease will be performed at the Erindale Theatre from 19 August - 04 September 2021.
Where: The Philo Hut, 18 Collie Street, Fyshwick
Date: 01 & 02 May 2021
Note: Some roles will attend dance call-backs on Sunday 2nd May in the evening, with principal role call-backs Monday 3rd May in the evening
** Philo will take all precautionary steps to minimise the spread of COVID-19, including observing social distancing practices during auditions. If you are unable to audition due to self-isolation, please contact and we will discuss alternate arrangements. If the situation changes, Philo will make the necessary decisions and announcements.
Important information about Casting
Grease takes place in, and was written for, an American community that is rich with diversity. Due to the popularity of the 1970’s film version, there are iconic moments and performances that audiences connect with that are implicit to staging Grease. While we aim to deliver many of those expectations, we will also bring our own stamp of originality and new life to Grease.
Our casting choices will take place around performers’ ability to bring truth to each character as well as their technical skill. Auditionees do not need to have a similar look to the actors in previous film or professional iterations of Grease. Auditionees are also not expected to imitate existing performances or interpretations of principal characters from the film or otherwise (however we will still pay homage to parts of these, such as iconic choreography).
We want to see your own interpretation and originality in your audition, using the character information we have provided. We encourage auditionees of all backgrounds and looks to audition for any principal or ensemble character that they connect with.
Preliminary auditions will be held in groups of up 10 people. Your audition will take place in 2 parts:
- The first section will be individual singing and acting auditions. During this time, you will present your selected song(s) and a cold read script excerpt for the panel. Singing and acting auditions will take place individually with the panel – not with the rest of your audition group.
- The second section will involve learning a small prepared choreographed routine with your audition group.
If you are required to attend a call-back for a principal role or further dancing, you will be notified after your initial audition, and call-back material advised via email after all first-round auditions have been completed.
Call-backs for principal roles (and some ensemble / supporting roles) will involve further singing and acting, and in some cases dancing. Casting will take place at the end of call-backs and all auditionees will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.
Please bring sheet music (in the correct key). There will be an accompanist at the audition; however you may bring your own accompanist if you wish. Backing tracks are acceptable as long as they are exactly that.... a backing track (not on CD). Please be aware that you may not get to sing all of your song. We are expecting large numbers of people to audition, so if the Audition Panel feels they have heard enough to determine your vocal quality they may stop you mid note. This should not be taken as any indicator of whether you will or will not be cast!! We have an aux chord available to use.
Please allocate at least 1.5 hours for your audition.
First Round Singing / Acting Auditions
All auditionees are asked to prepare each of the following:
- ONE song from the show.
(Choose the song that best suits your voice type).
- ONE song of your choice, not from the show
(Choose a song that best demonstrates your connection to storytelling and ability to commit to characterisation).
In both cases, please be familiar with the entire song, however be prepared to only present your best 32-64 bars (or about 90 seconds if you are using a backing track).
On the day of your audition, you will also be required to do a cold script read with minimal preparation time. Scripts will be provided at the audition venue. Select the script for the character you connect the most with.
Important Notes for all Auditionees
- Audition time is strictly limited, so use your time to show the panel what you can do. No extra time will be available.
- Please bring sheet music (in the correct key).
- Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.
- Please bring appropriate footwear (dance shoes or runners), water and non-restrictive clothing for the dance component of your audition. No thongs, sandals, high-heels, jeans or restrictive skirts/dresses should be worn in the dance section.
- There will be an accompanist at the audition; however you may bring your own accompanist if you wish.
- Backing tracks are acceptable if they do not contain any pre-recorded vocals. No CD’s please – an aux chord and speaker will be available for use.
- Please be aware that you may not get to sing your entire prepared songs. We are expecting large numbers of people to audition, so if the Audition Panel feels they have heard enough to determine your vocal quality they may stop you before you finish your song. This is regular practice and should not be taken as any indicator of whether you will or will not be cast.
- Please allocate at least 1.5 hours for your audition.
- Audition pieces should be well prepared. Remember, it is in your own interests to present yourself well.
- Singing unaccompanied is not acceptable.
- All auditions are private and may only be attended by the panel and auditionees.
- And most of all enjoy it!! This is your moment to shine!
- If you are unwell and still wish to audition please contact
Please note that Canberra Philharmonic Society reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to not cast any role from these auditions if, in the opinion of the Audition Panel, the right person for the role is not found. In this event the Society may pursue other means to fill a vacant role.
Rehearsal will start on Sunday May 23, 2021 and will be :
MONDAY evening 7pm - 10pm
THURSDAY evenings 7pm -10pm
SUNDAYS 1pm - 5pm
(Please note that some Sunday rehearsals will run from 10am - 5pm depending on the schedule, and particularly closer to the show opening).
How to Book an audition
Complete the booking request form below and our Production Manager will confirm your booking time within 24-48 hours.
Role and Vocal Range Details
Full details on Roles and Vocal Ranges can be found in our Audition Pack - Grease.
Grease is a series of vignettes and rock songs dedicated to the ‘Greaser’ popular culture of the 1950’s period in America. The rom-com style musical was originally set in Chicago and was adapted to a Californian setting for the iconic 1970’s film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
It loosely follows the lives, mishaps, and teenage shenanigans of two tough gangs – The Burger Palace Boys - and their female counterparts - The Pink Ladies - while they navigate friendship, love and gang politics during their final year at Rydell High School in 1958. Each character presents a unique viewpoint of the timeless struggles of adolescence. Central to the musical’s loose plotline is the romantic relationship between Sandy Dumbrowski (sweet, well-mannered and eager to please) and Danny Zuko (iconic local Greaser and leader of the Burger Palace Boys) and their struggles with personal identity.
Iconic, full of excellent production values and high-energy performance numbers, Grease is a cult-classic with a huge following of adoring audiences.
Our Audition Pack is available here (Audition Pack)
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