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Newcastle Musical Theatre company searches for new stars of Grease

Open auditions take place in Newcastle for the roles of Sandy and Danny in musical favourite Grease

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease

Are you the one that they want? Well, it’s time to find out as auditions will be taking place this month for a chance to star in musical favourite Grease this summer at the Theatre Royal.

Newcastle upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company is currently on the lookout for the next Danny and Sandy, the roles made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the hit 1978 film version of the musical.

It will be staging Grease as its big summer show at the city centre theatre in July, where its production last year of The Sound of Music was a big success.

And Grease is bound to be another popular choice, with the sparky love story between new girl Sandy Dumbrowski and too-cool-for-school Danny Zuko having proved a favourite with audiences for decades.

Set at rebellious Rydell High in 1959 where the Pink Lady girl gang keep the leather-clad T-Bird boy gang on their toes, it’s all told with the help of cracking musical numbers such as Greased Lightnin, You’re The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted to You.

NMTC’s show will run at the Theatre Royal nightly from July 22-26, with matinee performances from July 24-26, and, as it’s a major undertaking for an amateur dramatic company to stage a show at a main theatre each year, the company needs to sell £110,000 of tickets to break even.

And a fine cast is all-important, so it is looking for those with strong acting, singing and dancing skills for its two lead characters and will be holding open auditions at the theatre on Grey Street on Sunday, January 26 from 9.30am.

Anybody interested in the company’s search for a star and keen to try out for the roles of Danny and Sandy should email nmtc@live.co.uk or visit www.newcastletheatreco.net or call the company on 07887 421 876, leaving a message with full details if there is no answer.

For tickets for the show, which range from £9 to £22, visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk


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