MIDSUMMA SEASON 2021
*Melbourne Based Applicants Only*
About the Company: Smoke and Mirrors is a new Melbourne based theatre company dedicated to creating,
developing and fostering new theatrical works. Self-declared as ‘Unashamedly Showy’, Smoke and Mirrors
Productions revels in all the bells and whistles, presenting theatre that is fun, entertaining and beautiful.
About the Show: On the back of the success of ‘Sugarbabies: A Boylesque Musical’, ‘Scoundrels’ is a brand
new boylesque revue that delves into a world of love, jealousy, betrayal, lust and infidelity- all those deadly
sins that we hold near and dear to our hearts. In a cabaret courtroom, the beautiful Ziegfeld Boys stand trial
for the various sins they have committed against one another. The show is a brilliant blend of old world
burlesque, musical theatre and clever comedy dipped in sensuality and dusted with sequins.
Songs include: ‘Mein Heir’, ‘Whatever Lola Wants’, ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘If (You Hadn’t but You
Did)’, ‘Let’s Be Bad’, ‘Mr. Monotony’, ‘Sisters’, ‘The Saga of Jenny’, ’By Myself’ and many more!
Midsumma Season: 29 th April – 2 nd May
Rehearsals will take place in the two weeks leading up to the season. Rehearsals will take place between
9am and 5pm, however, will be somewhat flexible and negotiated between performers and company.
What we are looking for: The Ziegfeld boys pay tribute to the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway whilst
deconstructing the traditional roles it defines, giving a fresh take on the genre. We are looking for strong
male singers who are good movers – dance training will be a big advantage. We are looking for performers
who are self-confident and willing to be a bit cheeky. We are actively seeking performers of colour for this
show. Performers of all vocal ranges are encouraged to apply.
*please note* performers will need to be comfortable being in underwear onstage
Please prepare a self-tape singing a song in the style of Marilyn Monroe. Email to
[email protected] along with headshot and CV (we encourage you to film this full
body and show as much expressive movement as possible). Please submit by Sunday January 31 st .
Performers will receive a minimum honourarium of $500. Performers will receive additional remuneration
based on ticket sales.
Minimum payment to performer: $500
Maximum payment to performer: $2000
We are planning to tour the show to other Australian cities. All flights and accommodation will be paid for in
addition to remuneration for performances. Performers who are able to tour will be looked upon favourably.
FREE pre-audition workshop 30 Jan
1.30pm – 3pm
Auditions 31 January
Academy of Dance
80 Waverley Road, Malvern East
Get out your Pink Lady jackets and turn up the Jukebox, it’s time to revisit Rydell High in one of the best known music theatre shows for teenagers – Grease! Firehouse Theatre is proud to announce its first show for 2021 – a six week intensive short rehearsal season in March (rehearsals on Sundays) and shows on 16-17 April in Malvern East.
Rehearse in the incredible new facilities in Academy of Dance, and perform in the adjacent
Firehouse Theatre in this exciting opportunity to relaunch theatres in 2021.
30 JAN – FREE AUDITION WORKSHOP
80 Waverley Road, Malvern East
You MUST register at [email protected] (VERY limited spots, so book now!)
31 JAN – AUDITIONS
80 Waverley Road, Malvern East
You MUST register at [email protected] and you will be provided a singing time, and dance call time. Callbacks will happen immediately with script reads (successful auditionees may not be required to stay back, depending on their role).
11-15 April (School holidays)
You MUST be available for all rehearsals and performance dates, no exceptions. You will be
required to learn a proportion of the show before the first rehearsal (depending on your
Will cover costuming, mics and other staging costs and will be outlined in acceptance letter
to successful auditionees.
In 1959, Rydell High School’s students are starting a new year. (“Alma Mater Parody”)
Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl at school and Danny Zuko, the leader of the ‘Burger Palace Boys’, had a brief romantic fling over the summer. Sandy recounts her version of the fling to the ‘Pink Ladies’ (Jan, Marty, Frenchy, and Betty Rizzo), while Danny tells the boys (Roger, Doody, Sonny, and Kenickie) his rendition (“Summer Nights”). Sandy and Danny soon bump into each other at school, and while Sandy is happy to see him, he plays it cool. Meanwhile, the kids gather in the hall as Doody shows off his new guitar. The rock star wannabe gives an impromptu concert in the hall (“Those Magic Changes”).
At Marty’s pajama party, the girls give each other pierced ears, and talk about boys. Marty tells about her long-distance courtship with Freddy (“Freddy, My Love”). Meanwhile, the Burger Palace Boys are bust stealing hubcaps and teasing Kenickie about his new (used) car (“Greased Lightning”).
Danny sees Sandy again and tries to apologize for his behavior. Head cheerleader Patty Simcox interrupts to prompt Sandy to join to squad and to tease Danny about his latest indiscretions (“Rydell Fight Song”). The kids take their newfangled portable radios for a rock and roll picnic in the park and plan how they will pair off at the upcoming school prom, while Roger shares his love for Jan and his favorite hobby (“Mooning”). Rizzo teases Danny for falling for a girl who resembles the excessively proper teenage ingenue, Sandra Dee (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”). Sandy realizes that Danny is putting her off to be cool and wishes she had never met him.
Then Danny suggests that Marty go out with Eugene, and she chases after him. Act I ends with a spirited pledge of friendship (“We Go Together”).
At the High School Hop, everyone is dancing, except Sandy (“Shakin’ At the High School Hop”). She is home feeling sorry for herself (“It’s Raining on Prom Night”). Meanwhile, favorite radio DJ Vince Fontaine, is warming the kids up for the hand-jive dance contest. Kenickie dumps his blind date, Cha-Cha DiGregorio, and pairs up with Rizzo. Danny and Cha-Cha then proceed to win the dance contest (“Born to Hand Jive”).
A few days later at the Burger Palace after school, a couple of the guys run into Frenchy, who flunked out of Rydell and has now dropped out of beauty school (“Beauty School Dropout”). Danny, who has taken up track in order to win back Sandy’s affections, does not know that Cha-Cha’s boyfriend’s gang has challenged the guys to a rumble. He is more concerned about patching things up with Sandy at the Twi-Light Drive-In, but he moves too fast for her, and she leaves (“All Alone at a Drive-In Movie”). A couple of days later, the “greasers” are having a party in Jan’s basement, as Doody and Roger sing “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Queen.” Sandy wonders what she needs to do to fit in at Rydell (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” – Reprise).
The next time Sandy meets up with the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink ladies, she has transformed herself into a greaser’s dream date (“All Choked Up”). Rizzo and Kenickie reunite. All ends happily (“We Go Together” – Reprise).
- DANNY ZUKO – The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm.
- SANDY DUMBROWSKI – New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent.
- BETTY RIZZO – Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable.
- FRENCHY – 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 – The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies; pretty and looks older than the other girls, but bretrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated.
- JAN – Funny, loud, compulsive eater and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys.
- DOODY – The youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshiping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar.
- KENICKIE – 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.
- SONNY LaTIERRI – 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 – The anything-for-a-laugh stocky type of boy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas.
- VINCE FONTAINE – A typical ‘teen audience’ disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran ‘Greaser.’
- CHA-CHA, a.k.a. Charlene DiGregorio – The best dancer at St. Bernadette’s; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.
- EUGENE FLORCZYK – The class valecdictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He’s a typical ‘apple-polisher’ – both smug and pompous, but gullible.
- JOHNNY CASINO – All-American, rock-star “greaser” student at Rydell High, whose real name is Clarence.
- MISS LYNCH – A no-nonsense, serious, loud, English teacher.
- PATTY SIMCOX – 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.
- THE PINK LADIES – The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls’ gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.
- THE BURGER PALACE BOYS – A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers… or so they think.