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SHREK the Musical 2018

 

St. Catherine’s Players announces audition calls for its

2018 production of Shrek The Musical!

Open Auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th.

St. Catherine Church, Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside CT

 

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. “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. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

 

This is the Broadway version of the show with mainly adult principals and an active ensemble of all ages. Children must be at least eight years old or in third grade. Open auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in the Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Riverside Avenue at the corner of Route 1, Riverside, CT. Elementary and middle school students should arrive at 7:30; high school students and adults should arrive at 8:30 pm. Callbacks will be Thursday, November 30, if needed. Come with a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist. A group dance audition will be held each evening; wear appropriate shoes. In addition, please bring a list of your rehearsal and production date conflicts (January through mid-March).

 

Rehearsals run Tuesday, January 2 to March 1, 2018 and are held Monday through Thursday and some Sunday afternoons. Not all cast members are called for all rehearsals and times vary depending on role. Production dates are March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2018 with curtain times of Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 2.

 

Shrek The Musical is St. Catherine’s Players 37th production. Lauren Nicole Sherwood will direct and provide musical staging, Zachary Kampler will provide music direction and conduct the orchestra, Patricia Moran and Pasquale Spezzano will costume, Matthew Blank will choreograph, Bill Wright will direct set design and construction, and Allen Jackson will provide technical and lighting direction. Wendy Blumenthal and Jody Breakell are the producers of St. Catherine’s Players.

Character Breakdown

Shrek
Our story’s title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on 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.
Gender: Male   Age: 25 to 45   Vocal range top: G#4   Vocal range bottom: A2
Fiona
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.
Gender: Female     Age: 20 to 30   Vocal range top: G5   Vocal range bottom: F3
Donkey
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 optimistic with heart.
Gender: Male or Female   Age: 20 to 35    Vocal range top: B4   Vocal range bottom: C3
Lord Farquaad
The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes 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.
Gender: Male   Age: 30 to 45   Vocal range top: D5   Vocal range bottom: B2
Dragon
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.
Gender: Female   Age: 25 to 45   Vocal range top: Eb5   Vocal range bottom: F3
Gingy
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. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
Gender: Female   Age: 20 to 40   Vocal range top: C#5   Vocal range bottom: B3
Pinocchio
The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animate   puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.
Gender: Male   Age: 20 to 40   Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: E3
Ensemble
Young Shrek, Shrek’s Mother & Father, Young Fiona, Teen Fiona, Fairytale Creatures (Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Elf, Dwarf, Three Blind Mice); Angry Mob; Happy People; Guards; Knights; Rats

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