Shrek the Musical – Roles and Requirements

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PRINCIPLES

Shrek (Older Teen Male - High Baritone/Tenor): 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 - Scottish accent a plus.

Fiona (Older Teen Female - Alto/Soprano with high belt): The beautiful princess of Far- Far-Away, she 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. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing - strong dance a plus.

Donkey (Older Teen 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 his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.

Lord Farquaad (Older Teen 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. Actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the whole show.

Note from the Director: I am looking for truly unique characters & big personalities. This is not your typical fairytale and our heroes encompass that! The principles should be ready for a lot of character development & work!

 

FAIRY TALE CREATURES (Casting 18 Roles)

ALL HAVE LINES & SINGING SOLOS
Appear in the Songs “Story of My Life”, “The Goodbye Song”, & “Freak Flag”

Gingy (Any Age Female - Alto with big/high belt): 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 character is portrayed with a puppet, which may be voiced and operated by actor appearing as a baker. Featured solos in “Freak Flag” and “Story of My Life.”

Pinocchio (Any Age Male or Female - Male with good falsetto voice 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.”

Sugar Plum Fairy (Teen Female - Alto with big/high belt): A beautiful fairy who has featured lines and solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Big Bad Wolf (Male Teen - Baritone): A tough guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know his secrets. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” Strong acting needed.

Mama Bear (Female Teen - Alto/Soprano with big/high belt) Sassy & sweet mother to Baby Bear. Powerhouse diva voice. Featured solos in “Story of My Life”, “Freak Flag”, and “This is Our Story.”

Papa Bear (Male Teen - Baritone): Father to Baby Bear, firm but kind. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Baby Bear (Male or Female Kid - Any Vocal): Very sweet & cute. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Fairy Godmother (Female Teen - Alto/Soprano): Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother who has featured lines and solos in “Freak Flag,” “Story of My Life” and “This is Our Story.”

Ugly Duckling (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, a bit nerdy. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Peter Pan (Male or Female Any Age - Big/ high belt): Comedic role, childish. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Wicked Witch (Female Teen - Alto/Soprano): Comedic role, Elphaba on a bad day. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Humpty Dumpty (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

3 Pigs (Male or Female Any Age - Must be able to hold strong harmony): Bricks Pig, Straw Pig, Sticks Pig - German accent a plus. Featured solos in “Story of My Life”, “Freak Flag”, and “I’m A Believer.”

Elf (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very mischievous. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

White Rabbit (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very neurotic. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

Mad Hatter (Male or Female Any Age - Any Vocal): Comedic role, very eccentric. Featured solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

 
SUPPORTING (Casting 24 Roles)
These Roles will be doubled as Villagers or Dancers

Dragon (Older Female Teen - Alto with big, bluesy 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 back-up singers & Skeleton dancers.

Young Fiona (Female Kid - Alto/Soprano): Princess Fiona as a little girl, sassy & sweet. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Teen Fiona and Fiona.

Teen Fiona (Female Young Teen - Alto/Soprano): Princess Fiona as a teenager, sassy & sweet. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona.

Ogre Mom (Female Older Teen - Alto/Soprano): Shrek's mother, sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double; alto.

Ogre Dad (Male Older Teen - Baritone/Teen): Shrek's father, sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.”

Queen Lillian (Female Older Teen - Alto/Soprano): Fiona’s mother and Queen of Far- Far-Away, sings a beautiful duet with King Harold to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.”

King Harold (Male Older Teen - Baritone/Teen): Fiona’s father and King of Far-Far- Away. Sings a beautiful duet with Queen Lillian to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.”

3 Blind Mice (Female Teens - Must be able to hold strong harmony) 60’s girl group - think Dreamgirls. Sing back-up for Donkey in “Make A Move.”

4 Knights (Female or Male Teens - Must be able to hold strong harmony) Very old, with long beards. Sing back-up for Dragon in “Forever.”

Blue Bird (Female Any Age - Soprano): Bird that gets into a sing off with Fiona in “Morning Person.”

Lion King (Male or Female Any Age - Tenor): Sings the opening lines of Circle of Life during a traveling scene.

Others (Male or Female Any Age - Speaking lines only): Grumpy, Bishop, Puss in Boots, Duloc Greeter, Dish, Spoon, Police Officer, Little Bunny.

 
DANCERS (Casting 10+ Roles)

Duloc Dancers in “What’s Up Duloc?”, Skeletons in “Forever”, & Tapping/Dancing Rats in “Morning Person.” Tapping is a HUGE plus!

 
FARQUAAD’S MINIONS (Casting 12+ Roles)

Captain of the Guard (Male or Female Any Age - Non singing, many lines): Comedic role, funny voice encouraged. Very militant, leader of all the guards.

Thelonius (Male or Female Any Age - Non singing): Farquaad’s personal assistant. Goes everywhere Farquaad goes.

Guards (Male or Female Any Age): Appear in the songs “Story of My Life”, “Don’t Let Me Go”, “Regiments A & B”, & “Ballad of Farquad”

 

VILLAGERS (Casting 10+ Roles): Vocal Ensemble in “Big Bright Beautiful World”, “What’s Up Duloc?”, & “Choir’s Song”

PUPPETEERS (Casting 6 Roles) : Male or Female Teens - Non singing, non speaking - Will handle the Dragon & other important pieces. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.


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