Q&A with Gretel Scarlett, Sandy in Grease the musical, Singer, Actress
Published on 21/10/2014
I graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008 and was cast in the 2009 Australian Tour of Breast Wishes making my professional debut in the role of Sal. I was then cast in the 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! understudying and performing the main juvenile roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali, and Lisa. After Mamma Mia! I then played the Witch's Mother in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of Wicked the Musical, as well as understudying and performing the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose. I'm currently playing the starring role of Australia's Sandy, opposite Rob Mills, in Grease the Musical.
I absolutely love playing Sandy in Grease. It's fun to play two completely different characters and sing some fantastic songs! Most nights, the audiences are incredible and it's all about the number 1 party musical. However, I really enjoyed my time understudying the role of Elphaba in Wicked. She's a beautiful, strong and intelligent female. A character like her is very rare.
Who inspired you to be a performer?
As a child, performers like Ann Reinking, Shirley McClaine and Barbara Streisand were my go to icons, but as an adult, actresses like Toni Collette and Meryl Streep are my inspiration.
After studying full time Ballet at Alegria Dance Studios in Sydney and before being accepted into the music theatre course at WAAPA, I was actually studying Medical Radiation Science in Nuclear Medicine at The University Of Sydney. So ideally, I was going to be a Nuclear Medicine Physician. Always have a back-up plan!
I'm in love with my black draped pocket full length pants. So comfy!
It would have to be a pair of full sole pink leather ballet shoes when I was about 4! Mind you, my mum bought them.
What features do you look for in a pointe shoe?
A long vamp and a strong shank. I have high arches and a strong pointe, so I require a strong sole as I used to go through pointes rather quickly.
Work hard. Train hard. Study hard. Practise and don't simply judge other performers. You must be willing to criticise your own work and be open to suggestions. That's why we have directors and choreographers. And be kind.
Make sure to keep up to date with Gretel and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @gretelscarlett