Shrek is a fantastic musical! We are looking to make it as bright, colourful, cartoon, fun, energetic, youthful and joyful as we can. We aim to make this production an absolute spectacle for the audience and the Sterts performing company. If you know the film, but do not know the stage musical, I recommend finding the Broadway production on Youtube. Our script and songs are slightly different to that production, but the fun and joy is exactly what I am looking for. Our production will be all singing all dancing and something I hope all of us will be proud and excited to perform.
Our rehearsal schedule will be dependent on casting etc, but we are currently expecting most of our rehearsals to be on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. We have much less time than we usually would have so we will have to be efficient with our rehearsals. There is the obvious elephant in the room, COVID! We will have to rehearse within the government guidelines allowed for theatre rehearsals, both indoor and outdoor. Sterts is also due to undergo a rigorous Covid Specialist Risk assessment, which will give us specific details about what we can work to. I will try my best not to waste anyone's time at rehearsals (i.e. calling you when you are not needed) and we will all have to work together to maximise our time together.
11th, 12th, 13th, 14th - Production Week (get-in, technical and dress rehearsals)
15th - Evening Performance
16th - Evening Performance
17th - Possible Evening Performance (we are waiting confirmation)
30th - Evening Performance
31st - Afternoon Performance
31st - Evening Performance
20th - Evening Performance (we will almost certainly be rehearsing during the day)
21st - Afternoon Performance
21st - Evening Performance
28th - Evening Performance
30th - Evening Performance
You must be available for all of the above dates in order to be a part of this production.
We are looking for a large cast, full of people who are comfortable with singing, acting and dancing. You need to be energetic, ready to work hard and have a good sense of fun. We need to move fast in order to make this as good as it can be, so being able to retain choreography and vocal information quickly is very important. We are not expecting to double cast anything.
Our age bracket is School Year 9 plus. We may well have a specialist group of 7 younger performers, but we will release this information separately.
As I suggested earlier, I highly recommend doing some research on Shrek the Musical so you understand what you are signing up for, and also how many opportunities there are for featured roles within the production (there are A LOT!). With that in mind, we will only be doing specific auditions for Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Teen Fiona, Lord Farquad and Pinnocio. People can also audition to be in the ensemble, and from that we will select actors for the many other roles in the production based on these general auditions. Please do let us know if there is a specific character (particularly the Fairytale creatures or the dragon) that you would like to be considered for. Please find below the specific details for the auditions.
CHARACTER /ATTRIBUTES /AUDITION MATERIAL
Broad, bold, abrupt, comfortable, good sense of humour. Fills a room
Actor age 16+
Song: Who I’d Be
(first 3 minutes)
Notes: show us Shrek’s layers, vulnerability, power, command
Comic actor, energetic, strong minded. Can overpower Shrek with her mental strength.
Actor age 16+
Song: I know It’s Today
(comes in at 2 minutes 57)
Notes: show us Fiona’s full range of emotions, she’s going a bit insane having been locked indoors for so long (we know what that is like).
Comic actor, extremely energetic, needy, low attention span, good physical presence.
Actor age 15+
Female or Male actor
(we do not want an impression of Eddie Murphy)
Song: Don’t Let Me Go
Notes: Show us Donkey’s neediness, Donkey doesn’t know that Shrek will let him come along, that’s what this song is for. But he has to convince Shrek! use the song to do that.
British RP accent
Spends most of the show on their knees!!
Must be able to command a room, physical actor, makes fun surprising choices.
Actor age 16+
Song: What’s Up Duloc
(comes in at 44 seconds)
Notes: Show us Farquad’s grandeur, he owns this land and thinks that the story he is telling is brilliant.
Vocally needs to match Pinocchio's iconic voice
Comedy actor, in charge of the fairy tale creatures, big personality, prepared to have fun!
Actor age 14+
Song: Freak Flag
(from the start to 1.16)
Notes: this bit of the song is not usually sung by Pinocchio, and probably wont be in our production, however this is a better backing track to work to that any we could find for Pinocchio's featured number. Let us see Pinocchio's passion to stand up against the wrongs they have endured. And don’t forget that iconic Pinocchio voice.
Actor age - playing age of about 14
Sarcastic and funny
Song: I Know It’s Today
(1.30 in to 2.56)
Notes: Fiona is becoming more sarcastic at this point, but still holds on to hope that she her fairy tales are correct and she will be saved.
this whole show is based on a cartoon movie, so we are looking for bright bold choices.
Good singers and movers, comedy and clarity are important
Song: Freak Flag
(choose an extract you enjoy)
Notes: we want to see some fun and joy in this piece. Choose a bit you enjoy and make it your own. I recommend watching online how this sone is usually staged, and you’ll get an idea of what we are after.
We really really wish we were able to meet in person for our auditions, however is is highly unlikely that this will be possible in the current climate. Below are some different options we can offer to give you the best chance at auditioning to be in our production.
Self-tape - If you are planning to send a self-tape audition, please email me in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you any further information relating to your character and a script extract. You can then email me your self tape, via We-Transfer if that is easiest. I must receive these by 21st March.
Zoom auditions - if you wish to register for a zoom audition on 19th, 20th or 21st March, you need to email me at email@example.com so I can send you any further information relating to your character and a script extract. I will also add you to a schedule for zoom audition day. These will be limited to around about 10 - 15 minutes per person.
We are hoping that by doing the initial auditions in a digital world, we will be able to conduct any call backs or further auditions in real life. From here we will then complete our casting, get a rehearsal schedule put in place and then begin!
Finally, as I sure you have gathered, this production is up against it with regards to time and money, so we will need as much help as possible to make, build, design, sew, chaperone and create Shrek The Musical. Any help that we can get from parents, friends and family to bring this production to life will be so greatly received. It might be that we need help to build a dragon, or help to sew Lord Farquad’s knee pads in, or someone to help do face-paint etc. Sterts has always been a theatre built upon it’s wider sense of community spirit and support, and in order to make this production a success we will need to tap into this wonderful attribute of Sterts Theatre.
I really look forward to working with as many of you as possible.