West Shore Community College and the Manistee Civic Players are teaming up, once again, to produce another block-buster musical. This time it is the ever-popular “SHREK: the Musical.”
The two announce auditions for the musical comedy for Mon., May 5, at WSCC’s Instrumental Music Studio, room 331, in the Arts and Sciences Center, and Tues., May 6, in Hardy Hall at the historic Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee. Both auditions are at 7 p.m.
“SHREK: the Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage, says the production’s director, Dr. Rick Plummer.
The plot of the stage musical follows the animated film. 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, Plummer adds, there's one on hand and his name is Shrek.
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 everyone, says JoAnn Muma, Manistee Civic Players’ executive director.
Jamie Pepple, vocal coach and accompanist for the production, says that she is looking for singers, and singers who can “really” sing, who can also act and dance. Choreographer Lindsay Roberts claims that she is looking for dancers who can really dance, but who can also sing and act.
The production’s musical director, WSCC Associate Professor of Music Ted Malt, states that he has assembled one of the best pit orchestra’s he has ever worked with for this production. “The musicians are all professional musicians who will add a breathtaking level of skill and talent to this production,” he says.
Plummer says that they will need 25-28 actor-singer-dancers for the production and he is looking for seasoned, adult and youth performers who are triple threats—that can act, sing, and dance. He has roles for a limited number of children, each above the age of 10, but most actors who will be cast will be older teens and adults, he adds.
Furthermore, Plummer would like all who are interested in auditioning to show up for both auditions.
“SHREK: the Musical” plays at the historic Ramsdell Theatre June 27, 28, 29, and July 3, 5, 6 (No July 4th performance).
For additional information about the auditions or the production, email Plummer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roles for “SHREK: the Musical” include:
Fiona, the beautiful Princess of Far Far Away, who 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. The role is a female, 20-30 years old, with a vocal range of F3 - G5. There is also a scene that features both a child Fiona and a teenaged Fiona.
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 role is a puppet operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a female, 20-40 years old, with a vocal range of B3 - C#5.
The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc—Prince Farquaad. 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. This lead role is a male, 30-45 years old, with a vocal range of B2 - D5.
The leader of the fairytale creatures—Pinocchio. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying. This lead role is a male, 20-40 years old with a vocal range of E3 - F#4.
The musical’s title character—Shrek. 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. It is a role for a male, 25-45 years old, with a vocal range of A2 - G#4.
Donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Duke 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. He should be a male, 20-35 years old with a vocal range of C3 - B4.
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. This role should be a female, 25-45 years old with a vocal range of F3 - Eb5.
There is an ensemble of fairytale creatures who each figure prominently in the musical: the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, the White Rabbit, the Fairy Godmother, Peter pan, the Wicked Witch, the Ugly Duckling, the Three Bears, the Mad hatter, Humpty Dumpty, an Elf, a Dwarf, the Three Blind Mice, and Guards, Knights, Rats, and angry mob people.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement