AUDITION NOTICE - Shrek The Musical

Date: February 7, 2018

Sunday March 4th, 2018 at 4:00 pm — 9:00 pm.

Shrek The Musical Auditions


Sunday March 4th, 2018
4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Invited Callbacks
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
12:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Audition Location: 
Firehouse Center for the Arts 
Market Square, Newburyport MA 01950

Prior sign up for audition time slot required.
Complete this audition form and use this link to provide your information (please double check your audition form is saved with your information).

You will be contacted by the Firehouse Center for the Arts with your audition time within 2 business days of your submission. The deadline for submissions is March 2nd. If you have any questions or wish to audition but are unable to on that date please contact

Production Information:

Shrek The Musical

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire 
Music by Jeanine Tesor

Performance Dates:
June 15 - July 1 (Thursday-Sunday), 2018

Performance Location:
The Arakelian Theater
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square, Newburyport, MA

Producer: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Executive Director: John Moynihan
Director: Danielle Howard
Music Director: Justin Knowlton
Choreography: Hannah Beck

Rehearsals begin May 4th, 2018 and will be primarily weekday evenings and weekends.

This is a Non-Equity production. Small stipend available. Actors of all ages, ethnicities, sizes, and types are encouraged to audition.

Synopsis of Play:

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero…and his name is Shrek. Irreverently fun for the whole family, “Shrek” proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre

Audition Requirements:

Actors should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition time and come prepared with a copy of your headshot (these will not be returned). An accompanist will be provided. Please bring your music in a hard-backed binder clearly marked. No music from vocal only librettos, lead sheets, or "easy piano" books will be accepted. The pianist will not be expected to transpose. Time permitting there may be a dance call, so please come prepared with a change of dance appropriate clothing and shoes. Actors should prepare 2 brief contrasting songs (roughly 16-32 bars each) in the musical style of the show, not to exceed 2 minutes total. Actors are welcome but not required to include a song from the show in their audition package. Please be familiar with the show.

Seeking to cast:

SHREK (20s/30s; high baritone): The unlikely hero of our story—a big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone in a swamp. Imposing, a bit prickly, capable of edgy humor but also surprising gentleness.

PRINCESS FIONA (20s/30s; soprano mix belt): Not your ordinary fairytale princess. Quirky, sharp-witted, strong-willed, with great comedic skills.

DONKEY (20s/30s; baritenor): Shrek’s optimistic and loyal sidekick. Easily frightened, sometimes pushy, a chatterbox with a big heart who will always have your back.

LORD FARQUAAD (20s-40s; baritenor): Short, ruthless and self-absorbed ruler of Duloc. Role requires some physical agility and strong knees.

ENSEMBLE: 14-16 strong, energetic and versatile singer/actor/dancer/puppeteers to play a variety of kings, queens, ogres, guards, knights, dwarfs, and familiar fairytale characters, including:

  • PINOCCHIO—leader of the Fairytale Characters (may be played by male or female) 
  • GINGY/ SUGAR PLUM FAIRY — mezzo belt, requires puppet work 
  • THE DRAGON — requires rich, high powerhouse belt 
  • YOUNG FIONA (7-10 years old) and TEEN FIONA (teens) must be strong solo singers 
  • LITTLE OGRE (7-10 years old) Shrek as a young ogre starting out in the world 

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