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SHREK THE MUSICAL

AUDITIONS
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00pm
Johnson Symposium – off Red River on the Victoria College campus


Directed and Choreographed by ANN BERGERON
Music Direction by PATRICIA BALMER

Music by JEANINE TESORI
Book and Lyrics by DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire.

SHREK brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Audition Requirements


This is a musical and everyone will be required to sing 32 bars from a song and to participate in the dance/movement part of the audition. Please bring sheet music or CD for the singing part of the audition and comfortable clothing and shoes you can dance in. NO FLIP FLOPS or SANDALS. An accompanist and CD player will be provided. If you do not have sheet music or a CD, be prepared to sing a song of your choice - a cappella (without accompaniment). We PREFER no a capella singing.

Audition form - You can speed things up if you fill out an audition sheet and bring it with you

Callbacks


Select individuals from the audition will be invited to callbacks for SHREK on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00pm. You may be asked to sing selections from the show. If you are not asked to attend the callbacks, it does not necessarily mean you will not be cast in the show.

Read/Sing Through


There will be a read/sing through of the show on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Rehearsal Hall of the Leo J Welder Center. All those cast in this production are asked to attend.

Rehearsals


Rehearsals begin Sunday, June 7 and are typically scheduled Sunday through Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. Due to the size and complexity of this production, additional dates and times may be needed for rehearsal. We ask you clear your personal schedule for the rehearsal and performance period. Be prepared to list any and all conflicts with the rehearsal days at the time of the audition.

We do not anticipate needing all actors at all scheduled rehearsals until the final two weeks of rehearsals and performances. A detailed schedule, with dates and times and those REQUIRED to be at rehearsals, will be provided throughout the rehearsal process. However, mark these dates on your schedule accordingly and make every arrangement necessary to attend all rehearsals and performances. Due to the requirements of this, and all productions, no one can be excused from any technical rehearsal or performance. If potential conflicts arise prior to rehearsals beginning – actors are asked to contact their stage manager immediately. If potential conflicts arise during the rehearsal process – you will notify your stage manager.  The success of the production is impacted by the great attendance, discipline and accountability of all cast and crew at all scheduled rehearsals and performances

Notification of Cast List:  Roles will be offered by Monday, May 18, 2015

Technical Rehearsals (Production weeks) begin the week of Sunday, July 12, 2015

Performance Dates


(Additional performances may be added)
Friday, July 24 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 25 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 26 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, July 31 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 1 – 7:30pm
If needed, additional performances would be scheduled as follows:
Thursday, July 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 29 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 2 – 2:00pm

Technical Crew Call Dates
All Company Members are asked to participate in at least 2 crew calls other than strike.
Wednesday, July 1 – 10:00 am (LOAD IN)
Thursday, July 2 – 10:00 am (LOAD IN)
Monday, August 3 – 10:00 am
All Company Members are required to participate in Monday’s STRIKE as available/

SHREK THE MUSICAL
CAST BREAKDOWN

Adults and teens, ages 14 on up (two parts for girl and boy ages 10-11 who are very strong singers). Actors and singers (dancing a “plus”). All roles are open except for the role of Shrek, who will be played by Scott Mohon.

  • Donkey –Male, Shrek’s self-appointed side-kick, as charming as he is clingy, a bright-eyed motor-mouth whose eagerness and quick with barely disguise his desperate need for a friend. Winning and easy charm, comic skills, soulful vocal style. Sing to A flat.
  • Lord Farquaad – A pompous, power-hungry little villain with a raging Napoleon complex and intense dislike of all fairy tale creatures. Sets out to claim a beautiful princess as his bride in order to ensure himself a kingly throne. Character baritone or tenor.
  • Fiona – Princess of Far Far Away, daughter of King Harold and Queen Lillian. Has spent most of her life locked in a dragon-guarded castle reading romantic fairy tales. Underneath lurks a smart, outspoken girl who can’t help burping or launching into hand-to-hand combat when needed. Soprano with belt.
  • Young Fiona - a bright little girl only recently locked in a tower, who passes her time reading fairy tales about being rescued by a handsome and charming prince. Strong singer. 
  • Teen Fiona – Princess Fiona as a teenager; has been trapped in the tower for a few years and has angst about not being rescued yet. Sense of humor, strong voice, ensemble.
  • Dragon – Female, charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. Donkey becomes trapped by Dragon and becomes her prisoner of love. Dragon helps save the day at the end of the musical. Mezzo/belter with gospel sound.
  • Pinocchio – Banished to Shrek’s swamp along with other fairy tale creatures by Lord Farquaad. Comic role, tenor, ensemble. 
  • Young Shrek – looks age 10.
  • Three Little Pigs – Funny, anxious, have German accent if possible, baritone and tenor roles.
  • White Rabbit, Gnome and Peter Pan – (one or more roles) – Comedic role, tenor, ensemble.
  • Wolf – Tough guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know he likes dressing up in Granny’s clothes. Comedic role, bass-baritone to high G.
  • Wicked Witch - Comedic role, soprano, ensemble.
  • Gingy (Gingerbread Man) – female to play a male; a cookie that is tortured by Farquaad's guards. Comedic role, character voices a plus, sing with vocal versatility and solid mix, belts to a D, ensemble.
  • Fairy Godmother - female, comedic role, soprano to a high E, ensemble.
  • Ugly Duckling - female, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
  • Shoemaker’s Elf - female, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
  • Papa & Mama Ogre - opens the show sending their young Shrek out into the world and telling him that the big, bright, beautiful world out there will only judge him by the way he looks. Comedic role, pop/rock belt, ensemble.
  • Papa Bear – From Goldilocks story. Male, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
  • Mama Bear – From Goldilocks story. Female, comedic role, pop/rock belt, ensemble.
  • Baby Bear –The wide-eyes and precocious baby bear from Goldilocks. Comedic role, singer, ensemble.
  • Other Ensemble & Fairy Tale Creatures – Humpty Dumpty, King Harold, Queen Lillian, Angry Mob, Happy People, Captain and his Guards, Knights, Pied Piper and Rats, Three Blind Mice, Bluebird, Bishop, Sugar Plum Fairy, Mad Hatter, Dwarf. All strong singers with some featured moments.

 

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