SHREK AUDITION INFORMATION  

FOR YOUTH & TEENS AGES 9-18  

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Reserve your audition slot TODAY!

(but first read all of our audition and production requirements)

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 the 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.

OVERVIEW

DA COMPANY is over the moon with excitement  to produce another block-buster musical. 

This time it is the ever-popular

SHREK THE MUSICAL

All roles are open.

DACO would like a diverse and large cast of talented performers

 from all over the metro Detroit area.

 

DACO will present SHREK THE MUSICAL June 29-30, 2018 

at Birmingham Groves High School.

Auditions will take place on April 15 & 21, 2018

Callbacks will be held on April 22, 2018

SEE ADDITIONAL CALLBACK INFO AT BOTTOM OF PAGE. 

Note: All dates are subject to change. 

While we strive to ensure a positive and time-worthy audition experience, for various reasons we cannot always cast every person who auditions. You will be informed, via email, of your casting status within 10 days of your audition.

We will not schedule all performers for all rehearsals. Most performers will only rehearse 2-3 times a week for the first half of our production phase. Rehearsals will increase as we move through the production process.

Projected rehearsal days: TBD

Some Saturday morning’s and Sunday’s –late afternoon. Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Students can take trips during the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips, after school activities, sports, etc. on your audition form.

 

FEE: $200 for students selected for the production.  

No fee to audition.

See additional tuition and production details below. 

This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!

 

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO STUDENTS

WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN AUDITIONING!! 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION 

There is tuition and additional production related fees for youth and teens who are currently in elementary, middle or high school. See details below.

 

Tuition Fee: Participants in elementary, middle or high school, who are cast, will pay a $200 production fee.

 

Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable. 100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production. All shows and final rehearsals are mandatory.

Costume Fee. Participants in elementary, middle or high school--Rented or custom made costumes are not fully covered by the production fee. Participants will pay a nominal fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items. Prices will vary depending on size and number of roles.

ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional): 

Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)

Cast Retreat (not optional)

Show tickets

Field trips

Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional)

Cast Party

These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.

Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for all parents with children currently in elementary, middle or high school.

After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs. The strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.

Children of parents who fail to volunteer for both a pre-production duty and show duty will be dismissed from the cast. Tuition is non-refundable.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: Primarily our Bloomfield Hills studio. 

AUDITION INFORMATION 

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

To make an appointment please email the following details: 
name: 
age: 
current grade (17/18yr): 
school: 
phone: 
parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL): 

how did you hear about our audition call?: 

EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: SHREK AUDITION)

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow several days for a response. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours. 

 

Note: The audition will contain a dance portion. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the dance section. 

What to prepare:
1. Please prepare one-full Broadway or Disney song that best highlights your range in the style of the show. 

2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.

3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 

4. A cappella auditions are not an option.

5. Bring a 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only one in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.

6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.

7. Please NO selections from,"SHREK", "ANNIE",“HAMILTON”, "FROZEN” or "MOANA". Please, no selections from Stephen Sondheim. No POP songs (unless it is MT rep!)

8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.

9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 

10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.

11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!

12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com

REHEARSAL POLICY

We will not schedule all performers for all rehearsals.

Most performers will only rehearse 2-3 times a week for the first half of our production phase. Rehearsals will increase as we move through the production process.


Projected rehearsal days: TBD. Some Saturday morning’s and Sunday’s –late afternoon.

 

Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants. 


ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Technical rehearsals begin JUNE 21, 2018!

On your audition form --you are asked to indicate if you have regular rehearsal conflicts during the week and on weekends.Students can take trips the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips, after school activities, family commitments and sports related conflicts on your audition form.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Technical rehearsals are scheduled for: JUNE 21-Opening Night. ​

ATTENDANCE/CONFLICT POLICY DETAILS
1. We require you to submit all conflicts during the auditions.
2. All conflicts must be handed in by the last night of callbacks.
3. Additional conflicts or new conflicts are considered unexcused absences, and may lead to being dropped from the show.
3a. If a performer is forced to withdraw because of too many conflicts, no tuition will be refunded.
4. We accept one unexcused absences and we do keep track of unexcused absences. 
5. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.
6. Participants may have NO conflicts during technical weeks (the last week of rehearsals before the show opens.)

CASTING POLICY 

Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize the way a person auditions is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.

The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every member in the cast. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.

Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible. 

Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is important that we know up front whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that up front. It would not be fair to anybody if we gave you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you chose to drop out.

It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including ensemble) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.

That actor will also NOT be considered for a principle role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written references.

Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

CHARACTERS 

All races, ages, and all types are highly encouraged to audition

Please note that the director has indicated “possible” doubling of characters—meaning one actor portraying multiple roles.  This may or may not be necessary depending on the number of individuals auditioning.
 

SHREK– The story’s title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre living alone in a swamp, 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 complexity and reluctantly becomes the hero. Excellent singer and actor.

PRINCESS FIONA – 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 multi talented, she is not an ordinary princess. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing.The beautiful, imprisoned princess who transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. 

DONKEY  – A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad’s guards. Quite the chatterbox and opportunist, he practically forces himself into SHREK’s good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.

LORD FARQUAAD – The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in need of a princess to marry so that he can become king. His cruel and exclusionary actions towards fairytale creatures stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and wacky. Excellent singer and comic actor. Actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the entire show.

DRAGON – 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 fed up with being a glorified baby-sitter. May double.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY--A beautiful fairy who has featured lines and solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” May double.

GINGY – A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution helps him inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures to revolution. (Open to female performers)

PINOCCHIO– 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 and is featured in two big musical numbers. (Open to female performers)

PAPA OGRE – Shrek’s father. Sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre in the opening number of the show. May double.

MAMA OGRE– Shrek’s mother. Sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre in the opening number of the show. May double.

YOUNG FIONA – Princess Fiona as a little girl. Featured singer with Teen Fiona and Fiona. May double.

TEEN FIONA– Princess Fiona as a teenager. Featured singer with Young Fiona and Fiona. May double.

YOUNG SHREK– Plays Young Shrek in opening number of the show. May double.

GRUMPY THE DWARF. Plays Lord Farquaad’s father, Grumpy the Dwarf (with several speaking lines and featured in musical number). May double.

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

3 LITTLE PIGS (Singers  with ability to sing tight harmony and German Accent) – Fairytale creatures with solo / trio singing work. May double.

DULOC CHORUS (Males or Females, all vocal types) As guards, knights, and general mob, may double as dancers, singers, and solo speaking roles.
 

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