Masquerade Malta is getting set to say ‘You’re the one that we want!’ to the cast of its next major musical: Grease.
The leading theatre production company has announced it will host auditions between 6-9 March, with all parts in the famous musical up for grabs, including Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie and all the T-Birds and Pink Ladies!
Based on the 1970s musical production featuring book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease tells the story of two Rydell High senior students, Danny and Sandy, who meet on holiday and fall in love. Sandy is a quintessential goody-two-shoes, while Danny is a bad boy with a soft heart, and their summer romance ends with the holiday – until Sandy turns up at Danny’s high school. With such opposite personalities and school reputations to worry about, Danny and Sandy must find a way to overcome their differences and revive the love they found on those summer nights.
Apart from several stage revivals, Grease also hit the big screen in 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, becoming at the time the highest-grossing musical film ever. Some changes and modifications have since ensured that this classic continues its timeless appeal for today’s audiences.
“Grease is one of the most popular musicals of all time, and we are thrilled to be ‘Hand Jiving’ into Teatru Manoel with it in October, as part of Masquerade Malta’s 25th anniversary year,” says Masquerade artistic director anthony bezzina. “The show features a phenomenal score, bursting with everyone’s favourite songs such as Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want. We’re really looking forward to receiving applications – and are inviting potential T-Birds and Pink Ladies to sign up for an audition pack.”
Grease is the latest production in a packed programme of events to celebrate Masquerade’s 25th anniversary theatre season. Following on from the extremely popular Matilda and Ċikku and the Chocolate Panto, most recently, the company has produced the highly acclaimed Betrayal, while Misery, a new stage adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling psychological thriller, is set to open later this month.
Led by bezzina as director, Masquerade’s creative team behind Grease includes music director Kris Spiteri, choreographer Valerie Burke, set designer Romualdo Moretti, costume designer Simona Mamo and vocal coach Analise Cassar.