Auditions!


Auditions for
North Star Theater Company’s
Production of

SHREK


presented in conjunction with the
Sparta Education Foundation (SEF)

Dear Potential Cast Member,

We are pleased to welcome you to auditions for North Star Theater Company’s production of Shrek the Musical! The following information will help guide you through the audition process as well as provide some preliminary information about the production.

Our Stage Manager will be keeping a detailed schedule that indicates when you would need to be at rehearsals and you will most likely NOT need to be at every rehearsal. The tentative rehearsal days will be Sunday afternoons, Monday evenings, and Tuesday evenings. We know schedules are hectic, and you may have conflicts with vacations, sports, dance teams, marching band, clubs, etc. Please take the time to list all conflicts on the audition form. When one cast member is missing from rehearsal it affects the others in the show, the productivity of rehearsals and ultimately, the final product!

Show and Rehearsal Dates:

Production Dates: July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

Rehearsal Days: Sunday Afternoons, Monday Evenings, and Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings starting April 24th

We truly want this to be an outstanding audition experience, so we’ve included some information of how auditions will be conducted and what you will want to prepare.

The Live Audition:

  1. Auditions will be held at the Sparta High School @ 70 West Mountain Rd, Sparta, NJ, 0781.
  2. Auditions will take place Sunday, April 10th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. It would be best if you are there as close to 3:00 PM as possible but if you cannot make it until a bit later, we can do our best to accommodate you.
  3. Upon arrival, everyone will gather in the cafeteria of the school.
  4. Please sign in at the main audition table so that we know you have arrived and can assign you an audition number.
  5. At the sign in table, you will also be asked to sign an agreement indicating your commitment to NSTC’s production of Shrek, your commitment to uphold our values and behaviors, and a release for photos and videos.
  6. We ask that you fill out the electronic audition form prior to your arrival to make the best use of your time during the audition.
  7. You will be called into the auditorium in groups of 3 for the vocal portion of the audition.
  8. Your vocal audition should be a short section (16-32 bars) of a song that best showcases your voice. You must come with an accompaniment track pre-downloaded on your own device. We will the ability for you to connect to a speaker.
  9. A simple dance combination will be taught to singers.
  10. For those interested in dance ensemble, an advanced dance audition will be conducted. Please bring tap shoes if you have them.
  11. Depending on your selected audition character preference, you will be assigned to read from the sides found below. You are not expected to memorize these but please review them prior to coming to the audition.
  12. Callbacks will be announced as needed after the initial audition.

Recorded Audition:

  1. ONLY for those who are not able to make the in-person audition.
  2. We ask that you fill out the electronic audition form.
  3. The next time we see you in person, we will ask you sign an agreement indicating your commitment to NSTC’s production of Shrek, your commitment to uphold our values and behaviors, and a release for photos and videos.
  4. Recorded auditions must be submitted by Sunday, April 10th
  5. We ask that you record your audition and send either a link to the video (private YouTube preferred) or the actual video file to NSTC.Auditions@gmail.com
  6. Your vocal audition should be a short section (16-32 bars) of a song that best showcases your voice.
  7. Depending on your selected audition character preference, you should record yourself reading the applicable lines from the sides found below. The video should be of only you and the lines of the other characters should be read by someone off camera.

Please have a great time during the audition process. We are so happy to have you join us!!

Regards,
North Star Theatre Company

Electronic Audition Form

Synopsis:

Shrek the Musical is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek lives alone in his swamp. The world is fearful and mocking of him, and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself, in turn. Suddenly, his hermit existence is thrown open, when a group of homeless fairy tale characters — Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs, and more — burst upon his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad. Shrek seeks out Farquaad, who offers him a deal: if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona (whom Farquaad wishes to marry for her crown), then Farquaad will ensure the return of Shrek’s swamp by returning the fairy tale creatures to their homes. In a desperate attempt to regain his swamp’s hermetic piece, Shrek enters the world for the first time in his life. He travels to Princess Fiona’s prison, rescues her from a fire-breathing dragon, and then – scariest of all – is forced to get to know the princess as he tries to bring her back to evil Farquaad To the determinedly unsocial ogre’s dismay, Fiona is very different from what he expected a princess to be. She may even provoke Shrek’s most novel experience yet: Love. With dazzling sets, whimsical puppetry, high-energy dance numbers, and laughs by the minute, Shrek the Musical transforms the contemporary children’s book and popular animated feature film into a stage musical that is sure to entertain and make audiences believers in happy endings for all.

Character Breakdown:

SHREK 

(Male–High Baritone) – Our story’s title character. 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 hero. Excellent singer and actor.

PRINCESS FIONA 

(Female – Soprano/High Belter) – The beautiful princess of Far-Far-Away. She transforms into an ogre every night when the sunsets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multi-talented, she is not an ordinary princess. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing; tap dancing is a plus.

DONKEY  

(Male or Female–High Baritone/Tenor or Alto with High Belt) – 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 the ogre’s good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.

LORD FARQUAAD 

(Male–High Baritone) – The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princess 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. Excellent singer and comic actor. The actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the whole show.

DRAGON 

(Female–Alto with Big Belt) – 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. She sings “Forever” with her Knight backup singers. May double as a fairytale creature.

PINOCCHIO 

(Male or Female/Tenor with falsetto or Soprano/Alto) – The leader of the fairytale creatures. Although portrayed by a live actor, Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying, he leads the troupe of Fairytale Creatures in the musical numbers “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

PAPA OGRE 

(Male–High Baritone) – Shrek’s father. Sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double as a fairytale creature.

MAMA OGRE

(Female–Alto) – Shrek’s mother. Sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double as a fairytale creature.

YOUNG SHREK  Age 8–13   

(Any Vocal Part) – Plays Young Shrek in “Big, Bright, Beautiful World”. May double as Young Fiona, Baby Bear, or Grumpy Dwarf.

YOUNG FIONA  8–13

(Female – Soprano with Strong Belt) – Princess Fiona as a little girl. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Teen Fiona and Fiona. May double as Young Shrek, Baby Bear, or Grumpy Dwarf.

TEEN FIONA 14–20

(Female–Soprano with Strong Belt/14+) – Princess Fiona as a teenager. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona. May double as a fairytale creature.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY / GINGY /

(Female) – A gingerbread man was initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. This character is portrayed with a puppet, which may be voiced and operated by an actor appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Comedic voice required.

3 LITTLE PIGS 

(Males–Tenors or Baritones with the ability to sing tight harmony and German Accent) – Fairytale creatures with solo/trio work in “Story of My Life,” “Freak Flag” and “This Is Our Story.”

FAIRYTALE CREATURES 

(All have featured roles, whether with lines, solos, dances, or action) – Wicked Witch, Humpty Dumpty, Big Bad Wolf, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Ugly Duckling, Peter Pan, Shoemaker’s Elf, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Fairy Godmother.

DANCERS 

Will dance in a number of scenes including Duloc Citizens, Dragon Skeletons, Dancing Rats, Blind Mice.

ENSEMBLE CHARACTER ROLES 

These include (but are not limited to) Townspeople, Thelonius the Executioner, Knights, Dragon Singers, Priest, Blind Mice, Magic Mirror, Grumpy Dwarf.

All the World is a Stage.
William Shakespeare