Gretel Scarlett graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008 after being awarded the prestigious 'Leslie Anderson Award' for the best overall Showcase Performance, The Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award. Upon graduation, Gretel was cast in the 2009 Australian Tour of Breast Wishes making her professional debut in the role of Sal. Gretel 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 a year on the Greek island, Gretel moved to the land of Oz, playing 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.
In 2013, Gretel was cast in the starring role of Australia's Sandy, opposite Rob Mills, in GFO's Grease the Musical; in which she can also be heard on the Australian Cast Recording. In October 2014, Gretel was chosen to play the role of Sally in Matthew Lee Robinson's Happy People in Concert, at Melbourne's Chapel Off Chapel. She continued in the principal role of Sandy for the return season of Grease the Musical in December 2014 at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, which closed February 2015.
During 2014, Gretel recorded her debut solo album titled 'Hopelessly Devoted' which is available on itunes, spotify, google play, in JB HI FI stores across Australia and via her website.
In 2011, she was a Top 6 Finalist in the 3rd Inaugural ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award, performing live at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Gretel has also had the opportunity to sing the Australian National Anthem at the 2013 NRL State of Origin at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, as well as appearing as a guest artist at the 2013 ACMF Duets concert at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, performances on Mornings on 9, Channel 7's Carols in the Domain, the 2013 Helpmann Awards at Sydney's Opera House, Light The Night 2013, performed opposite Lucy Durack in Melbourne's 2014 March Against Melanoma, and also performing 'For Good' from Wicked the musical with Kristin Chenoweth at Melbourne's Hamer Hall.
Having completed her Trinity & AMEB Classical Voice and Speech/Drama Examinations, Gretel also studied full-time Classical Ballet at Alegria Dance Studios under the guidance of RAD Dual Examiner Hilary Kaplan, completing her final RAD Examination (ARAD), Cecchetti Ballet Exams as well as Contemporary, FATD Jazz & Tap.
I would like to thank my family, friends and teachers for all their ongoing love and support on my journey thus far; especially my mentor and manager, Barbara Leane, who took a chance and hasn't turned away since.