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Auditions for SHREK JR
Directed by Hans Boeschen
Music direction by Jordan Harper
Choreography by Katie Hilliger

Saturday, March 10 – 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday, March 11 – 2 pm to 5 pm
Auditions will be held at Workshop Theatre School of Performing Arts (635 Elmwood Ave)
Actors must be between the ages of 8-18 to audition.


The young performers will be asked to sing 16 bars of a select song from SHREK JR and will participate in a dance audition. Both the music and dance will be taught to the performers at auditions. Please be dressed to move - comfortable clothes and dance shoes or tennis shoes.

The show will run June 21-24, 2017 with multiple shows on each day. Rehearsals will generally be Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm & Saturday 9 am – noon – April 10 – June 2. Rehearsals will increase in frequency the last three weeks before the show opens, including daytime rehearsals. No conflicts after June 8 will be allowed.

For each cast member, a participation fee of $50 will be required by April 25, 2017.


The Story:
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.


Character descriptions

Storytellers - Wonderful roles for performers with natural stage presence and big, clear voices. These characters are important for setting up the world and moving the story forward, so cast some bold, energetic young actors. Gender: both

Shrek - He may be a big, scary, green ogre to the rest of the world, but as the story reveals, he's really just a big fellow with a big heart. It is great if Shrek is a solid singer, but most importantly, snag a young man who is an excellent actor with comedic chops. Gender: male

Fiona - She may appear to be an ideal princess straight from the fairy tale books, but there is more to her than that stereotypical image. She is an audacious young lady with a wonderful sense of humor and - surprisingly - manners akin to those of a teenage boy. Cast a girl who can do it all: act, sing and dance. This is a premiere role for an experienced performer with a loveable spirit. Gender: female

Young Fiona - Young Fiona and Teen Fiona are younger versions of Fiona and should have solid singing voices. Gender: female

Teen Fiona - Young Fiona and Teen Fiona are younger versions of Fiona and should have solid singing voices. Gender: female

Lord Farquaad - A very short man with gargantuan ambition! He is solely interested in gaining as much power as possible. This is a role for a good singer, but most importantly, your very best comedian who isn't afraid of making bold choices or looking silly. Gender: male

Donkey - A brash, loud, fast-talking animal with no concept of "quiet time." Cast an experienced performer who can sing well and has a whole lot of presence and character. Be sure to choose a performer who complements Shrek well as his loyal and ever-faithful sidekick. Gender: male

Dragon - A breakout role for a young girl with a lot of soul and spunk. She is a ferocious fire-breathing dragon but finds a surprising love in Donkey. Cast a performer who has tremendous presence and a good pop singing voice. Gender: female

Mama Ogre - Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence. Make sure to cast good singers. Gender: female Vocal range top: C5; Vocal range bottom: A3

Papa Ogre - Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence. Make sure to cast good singers. Gender: male Vocal range top: E4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Little Ogre - A role just right for a smaller, younger performer who is new to the stage. He may not have lines but he is very important to the storytelling. Gender: both

Pinocchio - The wooden boy who cannot tell a lie without being belied by his growing nose. Pinocchio begins in a sour mood about his second-class status but ends the story as a natural leader among the Fairy Tale Creatures. Cast a young performer with a lot of personality who can sing well. Gender: male

The Three Little Pigs - Pig 1, Pig 2 And Pig 3. The classic three little pigs with a German twist. It isn't necessary that they look identical; focus on finding a fun and dynamic trio. Gender: both

Ugly Duckling - He may be bitter about his unfortunate appearance, but he does find camaraderie among his fellow fairy tale outcasts. This is a fun comedic role for a new performer. Gender: male

The Three Bears - Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. Great cameo roles for young performers who have little performing experience but make a complementary group. Gender: both Vocal range top: C4; Vocal range bottom: D3

Wicked Witch - A great role for a young performer destined to be a character actress. She has a big personality, so find a performer who is up to the task. Gender: female

Big Bad Wolf - He doesn't need to be a scary, threatening big-bad-wolf type. At this point, he's a pretty tame wolf who is reduced to wearing Little Red Ridinghood's grandmother's dressing gown. This is a fun role for a newcomer to the stage. Gender: both

Gingy - A great cameo role for a young performer who is as earnest as can be. Gingy is based on the Gingerbread Man who runs away like a fugitive from his baking captors. Find a performer with great energy. Gender: both

Peter Pan - The boy who never grew up, and he continues to act the part in this story. Cast a boy (or girl, if you want to give a nod to the traditional theater casting) who will have fun physicalizing the character. Gender: both

Captain Of The Guard - This role is just right for an actor with some inherent strength and authority. He or she doesn't have to have a lot of stage experience; just be sure to cast somebody who has a big, booming voice and who isn't scared to put all the Fairy Tale Creatures in their place. Gender: both

Knights - The Dragon's background singers who all tried at some point to save Fiona from her tower but were held hostage by the Dragon. Cast young performers who can sing well and have some soul just like the Dragon. Gender: both

Dwarf - Farquaad's comparably short and grumpy father. This is a perfect cameo role for a young performer. Gender: male

The Fairy Tale Creatures make up the heart of the show. These characters are taken from the story books but have a bit of a comedic twist. Be sure to cast a diverse group of kids with lots of personality and different strengths. Your performers should be proficient singers but most importantly, great actors. Other standout ensemble roles include : The Guards, Duloc Performers, Puss in Boots, Rooster, Pied Piper, Rats and the Bishop. Ensemble roles like Birds, Trees, Deer, Woodland Creatures and Fairy Tale Creatures help make up the backbone of the musical. Gender: both

SHREK JR Audition Form

Please print your confirmation email and bring it to your audition. Run dates are June 21-24, 2018

Run dates are May 11-20, 2018. Please list any conflicts that you know of during the rehearsal or run of the show.
Note: Having a conflict does not necessarily exclude you from the show.

Please print your confirmation email and bring it to your audition.

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