Auditions

Details on upcoming auditions below.

Grease 2025
-Audition info below.

White Christmas
-Casting for adults is completed and offers have been accepted.
-Susan Waverly audition info below.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
-Replacement audition info below.

Grease

In-Person Auditions
Audition Dates

Monday, June 17, 2024
Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Callback Date

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Instructions
Request an audition appointment HERE.

For the initial audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar (60-90 seconds) cutting of a song from the show, or in the style of the show. Please do not sing a cutting longer than 90 seconds. Please bring marked sheet music in the key you intend to sing. An accompanist will be provided. If invited to a callback, there will be a dance call, and song/scene sides will be provided.

Please bring a headshot and resume to your audition.  Auditions will be held at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317).  Please enter through the main doors and there will be signs directing you where to go.

Production Dates

First Rehearsal: 1/7/2025
First Preview: 1/31/2025
Opening Performance: 2/7/2025
Closing Performance: 10/4/2025

Production Personnel

Michael Brindisi, Director
Tamara Kangas Erickson, Choreographer
Andy Kust, Music Director
Solveig Huseth, General Manager
Nick Haug, Casting Associate

About the Show

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightning,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

Character Descriptions

DANNY ZUKO: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, D4–B5)  The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm. This role will require performing scenes of intimacy, including kissing.

SANDY DUMBROWSKI: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Soprano, A3–F#5)  New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent. This role will require performing scenes of intimacy, including kissing.

BETTY RIZZO: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto A3–C5)  Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic, and outspoken but vulnerable. This role will require performing scenes of intimacy, including kissing.

FRENCHY: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto, A3–D5)  A dreamer; good-natured but not too smart, she is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.

MARTY: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto, C4–C5)  The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies; pretty and looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated.

JAN: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto, A3-C5)  Funny, loud and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys.

DOODY: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)  The youngest of the guys; small, boyish, and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar.

KENICKIE: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, C4–F5)  The second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough-looking, tattooed, surly, and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humor. This role will require performing scenes of intimacy, including kissing.

SONNY LATIERRI: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Baritone, G3–A5)  A member of the Burger Palace Boys; funny Italian-American, he is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he’s a real lady-killer

ROGER: Male Presenting,  High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)  The anything-for-a-laugh type of guy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas.

VINCE FONTAINE: Male Presenting, Adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)  A typical ‘teen audience’ disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran ‘Greaser.’

CHA-CHA DIGREGORIO: Female Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto, C4–C5)  The best dancer at St. Bernadette’s; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.

EUGENE FLORCZYK: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, A3–E5)  The class valedictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He’s a typical ‘apple-polisher’ – both smug and pompous, but gullible.

JOHNNY CASINO: Male Presenting, High School “Teen” (Range: Tenor, G4-E5)  All-American, rock-star “greaser” student at Rydell High, whose real name is Clarence.

MISS LYNCH: Female Presenting, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)  A no-nonsense, serious, loud English teacher.

PATTY SIMCOX: Female, High School “Teen” (Range: Alto, D4-A4)  A typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, but can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. She’s a bit of a pain and unpopular with the Pink Ladies, and can twirl a baton.

TEEN ANGEL: (THIS ROLE HAS BEEN PRECAST – THE U/S IS AVAILABLE) Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, E4–F5)  Frenchy’s suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school.

THE PINK LADIES: Female Presenting – Sopranos and Altos.  The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls’ gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.

THE BURGER PALACE BOYS: Male Presenting – Tenors and Baritones.  A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers… or so they think.

RADIO VOICE: Age Flexible (Rage: Tenor, A3–C5)  A Radio Voice.

SWINGS: Off-stage, but on-site actors that cover the ensemble and potentially principal roles in the show. Off-stage singing may be required.


BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition. CDT is committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization on stage and throughout the company, and shall conduct all auditions in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, ability statuses, and body types. To learn more about the work that we are doing, please visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Actors Equity Association contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL

“Susan Waverly” Youth Virtual Auditions

Questions? Contact Nick Haug at nhaug@chanhassendt.com

Character Requirements

Age 9-12, to play stage age 9.

Racial Ethnicity: Black/African descent.

Excellent belt voice and must be able to move well.

Character Description

The General’s granddaughter, Susan is lovable and outgoing. She is very smart, wise beyond her years, and cares deeply about her grandfather. Once bitten hard by the “showbiz” bug, she transforms into the ultimate child performer.

Instructions

For the initial self-tape audition, please submit a video of the provided musical side (linked below) along with a current headshot and resume.

Submit your audition HERE.

Link to Musical Side

Position open until filled.

Callbacks

Potential in-person callbacks will be announced at a later date.

Production Dates

First Rehearsal: 9/10/2024
First Preview: 10/4/2024
Opening Performance: 10/11/2024
Closing Performance: 1/25/2025

Production Personnel

Michael Brindisi, Director
Tamara Kangas Erickson, Choreographer
Andy Kust, Music Director
Nick Haug, Casting Associate
Solveig Huseth, General Manager

 

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is seeking youth actors for the role of Susan Waverly for their upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Local actor/singer/dancers are encouraged to submit.

BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition. CDT is committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization on stage and throughout the company, and shall conduct all auditions in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, ability statuses, and body types. To learn more about the work that we are doing, please visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Actors Equity Association contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is seeking several local actors for their currently running production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Instructions

If interested in being considered, please submit via THIS LINK.
Positions are open until filled.

Character Description

Track 1: Drifter / Ensemble: Black, Male-Presenting, Playable age of 20s-40s. Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters, as well as other ensemble features. This track sings the “baritone” part of the quartet, and serves as the understudy for the “second tenor.” Vocal Range: B2-C5. Ability to deliver great R&B vocal style with tight harmonies is essential. Strong mover. This track begins rehearsals mid-late May.

Track 2: Drifter / Ensemble: Black, Male-Presenting, Playable age of 20s-40s. Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters, as well as other ensemble features. This track sings the “baritone” part of the quartet, and serves as the understudy for the “second tenor.” Vocal Range: B2-C5. Ability to deliver great R&B vocal style with tight harmonies is essential. Strong mover. This track begins rehearsals mid August.

Track 3: Shirelle / Ensemble: Black, Female-Presenting, Playable age of 20s-40s. Member of the doo-wop group The Shirelles, as well as other ensemble features. This track sings the lead solo on “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Uptown,” as well as the “Poison Ivy” feature in “1650 Medley.” Vocal Range: G3-D5. Ability to deliver great R&B vocal style with tight harmonies is essential. Low alto belter. Strong mover. This track begins rehearsals mid- August.

Production Dates
Closing Performance: September 28th, 2024

Weekly Performance Schedule

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 1:00pm, 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm, 8:00pm
Sundays: 6:30pm

Production Personnel

Michael Brindisi, Co-Director Cat Brindisi, Co-Director
Tamara Kangas Erickson, Choreographer
Andy Kust, Music Director
Nick Haug, Casting Associate
Solveig Huseth, General Manager

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Follow the incredible journey of Carole King, from writing pop classics for renowned artists to her chart-topping success with Tapestry, in this captivating musical. With over two dozen timeless hits like “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Natural Woman,” this international phenomenon combines beloved songs with an unforgettable story that will leave a lasting impression.

BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition. CDT is committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization on stage and throughout the company, and shall conduct all auditions in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, ability statuses, and body types. To learn more about the work that we are doing, please visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Actors Equity Association contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Auditions for Grease will be held between June 17-20, 2024.

Generally, you must be 18+ to audition.  CDT does 8 shows a week, Tuesday – Sunday, with matinees on Wednesdays & Saturdays which typically interferes with most school schedules.

Kids are auditioned separately from adults and on a show-by-show basis. (Not every show calls for kid actors.) Auditions are announced on this page and on MinnesotaPlaylist.com.  Child roles are generally double-cast to minimize disruption to school schedules.

Yes.  Email your headshot, resume and vocal/dance reels (optional) to Nick Haug (nhaug@chanhassendt.com). Your materials will be put on file for any upcoming replacement work.

CDT does not typically budget for actor housing.

Questions about auditions and casting?

Email Nick Haug – nhaug@chanhassendt.com

Actors

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of Actors’ Equity Association. As a member of these unions, CDT primarily employs union members. A union contract permits us to hire a very small percentage of non-union actors. Auditions are held for both union and non-union actors a few months prior to each CDT production.

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Musicians

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of the American Federation of Musicians.  We do not hold auditions for musicians.  AFM membership required.  If you would like to be considered, please email your resume of experience to Nick Haug.  You will then be contacted by the music director if a position opens up.

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