Welcome to Grease!

A welcome from our chair

On behalf of the Pied Pipers’ Committee, I would like to thank you for showing interest in our Spring 2020 production. Whether you attended the introduction evening or have just come to this audition pack, I really hope you find it useful and informative. If you need further information or clarification on any point, please contact any of our friendly, approachable team by emailing grease@piedpipers.co.uk or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

In the 68 years since the Club’s inception, Pied Pipers have produced a wide range of high quality shows. Classics, like Singing in the Rain and Oklahoma, to Green Day’s punk rock opera American Idiot. Last year, we heard that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang would be licensed to amateurs for one year only in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. We were thrilled to be selected to perform it, and the show ran successfully for two weeks earlier this year.

Imagine our excitement, then, when Pied Pipers were awarded the licence to perform the iconic musical Grease, available on similarly limited release to amateurs! Can there be anyone who isn’t familiar with the film, songs, and characters? It’s a big, colourful and energetic show that provides wonderful singing, acting and dance opportunities for cast members. Our Director Mark is passionate about Grease and will bring his professional experience, energy and ideas to creating a wonderful show!

Pied Pipers prides itself on being a friendly, welcoming and all-inclusive group, and I really hope you experience us as such if you do decide to audition and join the cast. Good luck!

– Madeline Harmer

A welcome from the director

I am excited and privileged to be directing this groundbreaking show!

Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, named after the 1950s United State' working-class youth subculture know as "Greasers". The musical is set in 1959 at the fictional Rydell High School, and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.

Many of you may have seen the 1978 movie, which is very different from the original show – for example, The T-Birds were originally called The Burger Palace Boys. Some new songs were added to the film. and the tone of the show has been toned down considerably since its original R-Rated conception.

But Grease remains a feel-good, show-stopping musical, full of fantastic characters and controversial subject matter. It is very effective at spotlighting the trials and tribulations of teenage life, without forgetting the fun and freedom of the era. I can promise that everybody involved in the show will succumb to its energetic and often raunchy charms, and celebrate this show for the colourful spectacle that it is!

When auditioning, please state which role/s you would like to be considered for, select and rehearse a song you feel confident singing and that reflects the character and the tone of the show. If in doubt, feel free to ask my advice beforehand. We are looking for extroverts and team players – characters who can both shine and support each other.

– Mark Tunstall

To find out more about the characters and audition requirements, click here.

To download the audition scenes, click here.

Or, for the audition form, click here!