Audition Notice: Shrek the Musical

Directed by Shawn W. Lanz
Produced by Erin Fagundes & Elissa Anne Polansky
Choreographed by Arryck Adams & Tami Keaton with Music Direction by Nick Newkirk
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Shrek Main Show Page

Audition Sides

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; August 31st through September 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
 
Performance Dates: 

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
November 14th through December 14th, 2014, at 8:00 PM 
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
NO PERFORMANCE November 27th (Thanksgiving Day)
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening


REHEARSAL DATES:
September 8th through November 13th, 2014

REHEARSAL TIMES:
September 8 - October 12: Weekdays at 7:30pm, with occasional weekend dates as needed.
October 13 - November 13: Weekdays at 7:00pm, with occasional weekend dates as needed.
November 9 is ALL DAY TECH - everyone called from approximately 10am through the evening (with meal breaks)

 


 

Audition Requirements: 

Prepare 1 minute of a contemporary musical theatre song for the primary audition, and bring a second selection as a backup. PLEASE DO NOT SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. No a cappella auditions. Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all auditioners will be required to learn a short dance/movement combination; there will also be cold reading from the script. All those auditioning are encouraged to provide a résumé of their onstage experience when registering for auditions. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Producer and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. “Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.

AUDITION SIDES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE.

Plot Summary: 

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, SHREK: THE MUSICAL brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre -- not a handsome prince -- shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, 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 -- a big, green, lovable one named Shrek! Let your freak-flag fly with this wonderfully zany musical for the whole family. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK: THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun! 

For More Information: 

Email shrek@conejoplayers.org or call (805) 910-7278.

Character Breakdown: 
SHREK (Male, Adult – High Baritone / Tenor) - Our story's title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone in a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero. Excellent singer and actor.
 
PRINCESS FIONA (Female, Adult – Soprano / High Belter) - The beautiful princess of Far-Far-Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing.
 
DONKEY (Male or Female, Adult – High Baritone / Tenor or Alto with High Belt) - A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad's guards. Quite the chatterbox, he is not deterred by Shrek's looks and practically forces himself into his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.
 
LORD FARQUAAD (Male, Adult – High Baritone) - The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princess to marry so that he can become king. Has an intensely unfair bias against fairytale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel. Excellent singer and comic actor. Actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the whole show.
 
DRAGON / SUGAR PLUM FAIRY (Female, Adult – Alto with Big Belt) - A dragon that has been charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. She eventually falls in love with Donkey and attempts to keep him there forever. Imposing and flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter. She sings “Forever” with her Knight back-up singers. May double as the Sugar Plum Fairy, who has featured lines and solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag,” as well as Gingy.
 
GINGY (Male or Female, Any Age – Any Vocal Part) - A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. This character is portrayed with a puppet, which may be voiced and operated by actor appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
PINOCCHIO (Male or Female, Teen or Adult – Tenor with falsetto or Soprano / Alto) - The leader of the fairytale creatures. Although portrayed by a live actor, Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying, he leads the troupe of Fairytale Creatures in the musical numbers “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” May double.
 
PAPA OGRE (Male, Adult – High Baritone) - Shrek's father. Sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.
 
MAMA OGRE (Female, Adult - Alto) - Shrek's mother. Sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.
 
KING HAROLD (Male, Adult – Baritone) - Fiona’s father and King of Far-Far-Away. Sings a beautiful duet with Queen Lillian to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.
 
QUEEN LILLIAN (Female, Adult – Alto or Soprano) - Fiona’s mother and Queen of Far-Far-Away. Sings a beautiful duet with King Harold to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.
 
YOUNG FIONA (Female, Age 8-12 – Soprano with Strong Belt) - Princess Fiona as a little girl. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Teen Fiona and Fiona. May double.
 
TEEN FIONA / FAIRY GODMOTHER (Female, Teen – Soprano with Strong Belt) - Princess Fiona as a teenager. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona. May double as Fairy Godmother, who has featured lines and solos in “Freak Flag,” “Story of My Life” and “This is Our Story”.
 
YOUNG SHREK / GRUMPY THE DWARF (Male, Age 8-12 – Any Vocal Part) - Plays Young Shrek in “Big, Bright, Beautiful World” and then returns in Act 2 to play Lord Farquaad’s father, Grumpy the Dwarf (with several speaking lines). Also plays Grumpy the Dwarf in “Freak Flag.”
 
FEATURED FAIRYTALE CREATURES (All have featured roles, whether with lines, solos, dances, or action) - Wicked Witch, Humpty Dumpty, Big Bad Wolf, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Ugly Duckling, Peter Pan, Shoemaker’s Elf, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter. May double.
 
3 LITTLE PIGS (Males, Teens or Adults – Tenors or Baritones with ability to sing tight harmony and German Accent) - Fairytale creatures with solo / trio work in “Story of My Life,” “Freak Flag” and “This is Our Story.” May double.