Audition Notice-Shrek the Musical

PRINCIPLES

Shrek (High Baritone/Tenor): 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 - Scottish accent a plus.

Fiona (Alto/Soprano with high belt): 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 - strong dance a plus.

Donkey (Male or Female - 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 (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.

 

 FAIRY TALE CREATURES

(ALL HAVE LINES & SINGING SOLOS)

Gingy (Female or Male - Alto with big/high belt): 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 a baker. Featured solos in “Freak Flag” and “Story of My Life.”

Pinocchio (Male or Female - Male with good falsetto voice 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.”

Sugar Plum Fairy (Alto with big/high belt): A beautiful fairy who has featured lines and solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Big Bad Wolf (Baritone): A tough guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know his secrets. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” Strong acting needed.

Mama Bear (Alto/Soprano with big/high belt) Sassy & sweet mother to Baby Bear. Powerhouse diva voice. Featured solos in “Story of My Life”, “Freak Flag”, and “This is Our Story.”

Papa Bear (Baritone): Father to Baby Bear, firm but kind. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Baby Bear (Male or Female Kid - Any Vocal): Very sweet & cute. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Fairy Godmother (Alto/Soprano): Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother who has featured lines and solos in “Freak Flag,” “Story of My Life” and “This is Our Story.”

Ugly Duckling (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, a bit nerdy. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Peter Pan (Male or Female Any Age - Big/ high belt): Comedic role, childish. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Wicked Witch (Alto/Soprano): Comedic role, Elphaba on a bad day. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Humpty Dumpty (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

3 Pigs (Male or Female Any Age - Must be able to hold strong harmony): Bricks Pig, Straw Pig, Sticks Pig - German accent a plus. Featured solos in “Story of My Life”, “Freak Flag”, and “I’m A Believer.”

Elf (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very mischievous. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

White Rabbit (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very neurotic. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Mad Hatter (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very eccentric. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

SUPPORTING

Dragon (Alto with big, bluesy 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 & Skeleton dancers.

Young Fiona (Female Kid - Alto/Soprano): Princess Fiona as a little girl, sassy & sweet. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Teen Fiona and Fiona.

Teen Fiona (Female Teen - Alto/Soprano): Princess Fiona as a teenager, sassy & sweet. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona.

Ogre Mom (Alto/Soprano): Shrek's mother, sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double; alto.

Ogre Dad (Baritone): Shrek's father, sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.”

Queen Lillian (Alto/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.”

King Harold (Baritone/Teen): 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.”

3 Blind Mice (Female - Must be able to hold strong harmony) 60’s girl group - think Dreamgirls. Sing back-up for Donkey in “Make A Move.”

Pied Piper (Non singing)

ENSEMBLE

Duloc Citizens  - Singers and Dancers 

Rats - Dancers

Captain of the Guard (Male or Female Any Age - Non singing, many lines): Comedic role, funny voice encouraged. Very militant, leader of all the guards.

Thelonius (Male or Female - Non singing): Farquaad’s personal assistant. Goes everywhere Farquaad goes.

Guards

Villagers

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