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Audition For 'Shrek, The Musical'

Auditions for "Shrek, the Musical" at the Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro are on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. until noon.

Performances are Nov. 15 to 17 and 22 to 24. Rehearsals are currently scheduled for Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 4:30, and Sundays at 2:30.

If one has more than one recurring conflict a week, one will not be able to audition for a lead. Being a bit late is not considered a conflict if it is something that is stated in advance.

This is an open audition for all "experienced" actors age 8 through adult.

Experienced, means youths should have at least one show under their belts, preferably a non-school affiliated show.

Adults are only being considered for the lead roles (as are kids ages 12 and up) and must be very strong singers/actors.

Ensemble roles will go, predominantly, to youth where vocally appropriate. All kids who have already performed in the Waldo Youth Theatre (regardless of age) are welcomed.

Please come prepared to sing a cappella and with an accompanist. One must bring one's own sheet music if one is not singing something from the show. If auditioning for a lead role, please prepare a song that is suited to the role for which one is auditioning.

There is a possibility that one may be asked to learn a few dance moves and perform them in a group, and one will definitely be reading from the script (provided).

"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.

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 talks non-stop, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and one has got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand ... and his name is Shrek.

"Shrek" is being produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Music is by Jeanine Tesori, and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Direction is by Melissa Hearth, with musical direction/vocals by Sean Fleming and Linda Blanchard.

The ensemble has a great amount to do, and there are many featured lines/solos etc.

Roles include: 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 optimist with heart. Vocal range: C3 - B4.

Dragon: This dragon 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, she is however tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter. Vocal range: F3 - Eb5.

Fiona: She is the beautiful princess of Far Far Away, who transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek, she eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multi-talented, she is not an ordinary princess. Vocal range: F3 - G6.

Gingy is 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 be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Vocal range: B3 - C#5.

Lord Farquaad: He's 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. Vocal range: B2 - D5.

Pinocchio is 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. Vocal range: E3 - F#4.

Shrek: The story's title character. 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. Vocal range: A2 - G#4.

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; angry mob; happy people; guards; knights; and rats.

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