Audition Notice: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Plaza Theatre Company

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Audition Notice: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Plaza Theatre Company

Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of SHREK THE MUSICAL. The initial audition is being held on Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Auditioners need only make an appointment for one of the available days. Please note that the role of Shrek has already been cast. Audition appointments are available by calling the Plaza Box Office at 817-202-0600 or by visiting here: Plaza Audition Appointments

The audition will be held at Plaza Academy which is located at 221 Mill Street in Cleburne about 1 block from Plaza Theatre Company. The show will be directed by Luke Hunt with musical direction by Soni Barrus and choreography by Rachel Hunt.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music in the style of the show that will best display their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, those auditioning will be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors will spend around 5 minutes with each individual performer at this initial audition.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday March 21st at 9am. Those who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION. The guidelines and Credo can be found at plaza-theatre.com/auditions

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on May 22nd and playing thru June 27th. Rehearsals will commence on March 23rd and will usually take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings until opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

SHOW INFORMATION

Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

ABOUT THE THEATRE

Plaza Theatre Company is a 158 seat theatre-in-the-round located at 111 S. Main in Cleburne, TX. The Company produces around 10 shows a year usually in the style of family-friendly comedies and musicals. PlazaCo opened in November of 2006 and is currently producing it’s 83rd show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 57 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” in 2009, 2010 and 2012 in addition to recently being named “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

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.

Donkey – Male, Shrek’s self-appointed side-kick, as charming as he is clingy, a bright-eyed motor-mouth whose eagerness and quick wit barely disguise his desperate need for a friend. Winning and easy charm, comic skills, soulful vocal style. Sing to A flat.

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.

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.

Young Fiona/Young Shrek – looks age 10. As Princess 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.

Pinocchio – Banished to Shrek’s swamp along with other fairy tale creatures by Lord Farquaad. Comic role, tenor, ensemble.

Three Little Pigs – Funny, anxious, have German accent is 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.

Mama Ogre – female, opens the show sending her 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 –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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