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White Theatre: Auditions

Open Call Auditions for Shrek, The Musical

Shrek, The Musical

Directed by: Tim Bair
Music Direction by: Marsha Canaday
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by: David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

One Fabulous Show. Two Great Theatres! Shrek, The Musical is a co-production with the White Theatre and The Theatre in the Park and will perform at both venues.
White Theatre Dates:
July 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 at 7:30pm
July 12, 19, 26 at 2:00pm

Theatre in the Park Dates:
July 31- August 2, & August 5-8

General Auditions

For Shrek, The Musical, the White Theatre is partnering with Theatre in the Park and auditions will take place through TTIP. The General Auditions are for ALL Theatre in the Park productions for the 2015 season, including Shrek.  Information on auditions can be found at theatreinthepark.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 from 9am - 4pm
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015 from 9am - 4pm

LOCATION:
Blue Valley High School.
6001 West 159th Street
Silwell, Kansas  66085

Auditioning - General Information

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

SHREK is a co-production with the White Theatre and the Jewish Community Center. ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST COMMIT TO THE ENTIRE RUN AT BOTH THE WHITE THEATRE AND TTIP. PLEASE CHECK THE DATES SO THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF THE ENTIRE TIME COMMITMENT! Also, we plan on a VERY short rehearsal period of 3-4 weeks, and there will be NO conflicts accepted during the rehearsal period, tech period OR performance period.

All auditionees must complete an audition form that can be found at theatreinthepark.org/auditions in advance. If you do not have an audition form you will not be able to audition. Those auditioning should prepare 16 measure of a song of your choice.  An accompanist will be provided.  Following the vocal audition, there will be a brief dance audition. Please bring appropriate clothing.

Sending a Video Audition

If you are unable to attend the auditions in person, you may submit a video audition up until 4pm on Friday, March 27, 2015. Video auditions will be accepted by posting a video online and providing us with the web address of that video. Audition videos should include 16 measures of singing, an example of dance or movement and be less than three minutes in total length. When you fill out the online audition form, please check the box next to "I will be auditioning by video". The TTIP Administration office will forward your audition form containing your video audition information to all of the directors of our 2014 productions. For more information on submitting your video audition, please visit theatreinthepark.org/auditions

Callbacks for Shrek

CALLBACK AUDITIONS for Shrek are by invitation only and will be held on Monday, April 6.
6.00PM - 9:00PM (sign-in begins at 5:30PM)
LOCATION: Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, KS 66205

A list of everyone invited to callbacks will be posted online at www.theatreinthepark.org on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by 5:00pm. All actors being called back are ENCOURAGED to attend the callback audition to be considered for the role. If you choose NOT to attend the callback audition, it's likely you may not be cast. Music and/or dialogue for the callback roles will also be posted on the TTIP website to review ahead of time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not invited to a callback audition, this does not mean you will not be cast in a show this season. Some roles will be cast directly from the initial auditions and a callback audition will not be required. 

Character Breakdown

Cast size: Large (over 20), Flexible
All cast members sing and dance.
Dance requirement: Standard musical theatre dance. Tap dance required by some ensemble and FIONA.

SHREK: Our story's title character and, of course, the hero! 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 guy every girl falls in love with. Male, 25-45 yrs old. Range: A2 - G#4.

Actor wears prosthetics throughout the entire show, and will require a time commitment of 2-3 hours BEFORE each performance for application, and substantial time following for removal.


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. THE ultimate comic relief! Male, 20-35 yrs old. Range: C3 - B4.


FIONA: Our heroine. The beautiful princess of Far Far Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. After being shut away in a tower since youth... and awaiting her handsome prince... she is rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, sassy, confident and multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess. Female, 20-30 yrs old
Range: F3 - G5.


YOUNG FIONA: Our heroine as a young girl. Female, 7-10 yrs old. Range: F3 - G5.


ADOLESCENT FIONA: Our heroine as an adolescent.. Female, 10-15 yrs old. Range: F3 - G5.


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. Actor need not be normally short of stature... but will perform entire role on his knees... must be able to physically handle the role. Male, 30-45 yrs old. Range: B2 - D5.


PINOCCHIO: The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying. Male, 20-40 yrs old. Range: E3 - F#4.


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/may be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Female, 20-40 yrs old. Range: B3 - C#5.


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. Will utilize larger-than-life onstage PUPPET and 5 puppeteers cast from within the cast. VOICE (offstage singer): Female, 25-45 yrs old.
Range: F3 - Eb5


ENSEMBLE 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 -


ROLES DOUBLED FROM WITHIN ENSEMBLE: ANGRY MOB; HAPPY PEOPLE; GUARDS; KNIGHTS; RATS (RATS must tap dance)

For more information regarding auditions, please contact Jayson Chandley, Facility and Production Coordinator for the White Theatre, at 913-327-8074 or JaysonC@thejkc.org.


 

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