RAINBOW STAGE

AUDITION NOTICE FOR THE 2016 SUMMER SEASON

Shrek The Musical

By David Lindsay-Abaire & Jeanine Tesori
Directed & Choreographed by Ray Hogg
Winnipeg Audition (by appointment):
October 4th, 2015
Submission Deadline:
September 11th, 2015

Rainbow Stage is now accepting electronic submissions from adult comedic actors, singers, and dancers of all ethnicities, religions, ages (16+), sizes, shapes, and orientations for our 2016 Season production of
Shrek The Musical

 

**We are interested in casting actors of all ethnicities for Principal & Supporting Roles. We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Aboriginal, Latino, or Multi-Ethnic.**

We are seeking adult performers with excellent comedic timing

Rehearsals Start: July 14th, 2016
Preview: August 10th, 2016
Opening: August 11th, 2016
Closing: August 31st, 2016
Holdover: September 2nd, 2016

In an effort to reduce paper consumption during the submissions process, Rainbow Stage is only accepting online submissions. If you have not done so yet this season, please send the role(s) you would like to be considered for as well as your updated headshot and resume by September 11th, 2016 to:

Kate Supleve, Production Administrator, Rainbow Stage
auditions@rainbowstage.ca

A copy of the script & Score are available for perusal at the Rainbow Stage administrative offices (200-180 Market Avenue)

While we thank you for submitting your materials electronically and your interest in our 2016 Season, only actors selected for an audition will be contacted with an appointment.

Equity members will be seen first at all audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members please bring your membership card to the audition.

 

***Please Note: A separate Children’s Audition Notice will be posted at a later date***

 

CASTING BREAKDOWN:

PRINCIPAL ROLES

SHREK

(High Baritone / Tenor; A2-G#4)

A big, green, terrifying, hermit of an ogre who lives alone in a swamp. He is at turns grumpy, belligerent, pugnacious, and at others warm, nurturing and kind, but always physically imposing and strong. Excellent actor of any ethnicity/any size with impeccable comedic timing, and a strong, beautiful singing voice. Ability to burp on command and a mastery of fart jokes is a plus.

 

PRINCESS FIONA

(Mezzo Soprano with High Broadway Bright Belt; F3 to G5)                                        

A princess from Far-Far-Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Quirky, blunt, and multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess. Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size with impeccable comedic timing who moves well. Ability to tell terrific fart jokes is a must.

 

DONKEY

(High Baritone / Tenor or Alto with High Belt in the R&B/Gospel tradition; C3 to B4)

A talking donkey that joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad’s guards. Afflicted with verbal diarrhea, Donkey is easily frightened, at times pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor of any ethnicity/any size/any gender with a huge personality. **We will be considering both male and female actors for this role**

LORD FARQUAAD

(High Baritone; B2 to D5)

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 fairy-tale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel. Excellent singer and comic actor of any size/any ethnicity. ** Please note : artists who wish to be considered for Lord Farquaad must be in excellent physical condition, as they must be able to play this role on his knees for the entire show.**

 

ENSEMBLE ROLES

**All Sixteen Ensemble Actors must be exceptionally strong actors/singers who move extraordinarily well and are confident and adept at creating fully realized, strong, textured characters. The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles. We are seeking full range of male & female voices including excellent low-reaching Altos, experienced Mezzos and Sopranos, Basses, Baritones & Tenors**

DRAGON / MAMA BEAR

(Alto/Soprano with Big R&B Belt in the tradition of Aretha Franklin; F3 to F5)                                                                                      

Dragon is dangerous, fierce, imposing, flirtatious, and bodacious. Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size with a rock-solid R&B voice who moves well. Excellent comedic timing is a must.

FAIRY GODMOTHER / QUEEN LILLIAN

(Alto or Soprano)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Excellent comedic timing is a must.

 

MAMA OGRE / PIG #1

(Alto or Soprano)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Excellent comedic timing, comfort with a German accent is a must.

 

TEEN FIONA / UGLY DUCKLING / BLIND MOUSE

(Mezzo Soprano with Strong Belt)

Teen Fiona is petulant, impetuous, strong-willed and in the full bloom of adolescent youth. The Ugly Duckling is full of angst and teenage self-doubt. Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Excellent comedic timing is a must.

PETER PAN / ANTELOPE

(Alto or Soprano)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, skill at mimicking Rafiki from Disney’s the Lion King and excellent comedic timing is a must.

**For this role we are seeking an actor who self-identifies as a performer of colour**

GINGY / SUGAR PLUM FAIRY/BLIND MOUSE

(Alto or Bari tenor in the Gospel/R & B/Soul tradition)

A gingerbread boy whose wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairy-tale creatures. This character is portrayed with a puppet, which will be voiced and operated by the actor appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent comedic timing is a must.

**We will be considering both male and female actors for this role**

WICKED WITCH

(Alto or Soprano)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent comedic timing is a must.

 

HUMPTY DUMPTY / SPOON/BLIND MOUSE

(Alto or Soprano)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent comedic timing is a must.

PAPA OGRE / PAPA BEAR / KNIGHT

(High Baritone)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Physically imposing stature and excellent comedic timing is a must.

PINOCCHIO/KNIGHT/DEER

(Tenor with strong falsetto or Soprano / Alto)

The leader of the fairy-tale creatures. Although portrayed by a live actor, Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies, he has plenty of sass with a penchant for lying. Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Excellent comedic timing and comfort with physical comedy is a must.

**We will be considering both male and female actors for this role**

THELONIUS / KING HAROLD / KNIGHT

(Baritone)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who moves well. Excellent comedic timing and comfort with physical comedy is a must.

PIED PIPER / KNIGHT / GUARD

(Bass or Baritone)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who sings and dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent partnering skills, comedic timing and comfort with physical comedy is a must.

 

BIG BAD WOLF / GUARD

(Baritone or Tenor)

Excellent singer/dancer of any ethnicity/any size who sings and dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent partnering skills, comedic timing and comfort with physical comedy is a must.

PIG #3 / GUARD

(Baritone or Tenor)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who sings and dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent comedic timing, comfort with physical comedy, and comfort with a German accent is a must.


PIG #2 / GUARD / GREETER

(Baritone or Tenor)

Excellent singer/actor of any ethnicity/any size who sings and dances extremely well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent comedic timing, comfort with physical comedy, and comfort with a German accent is a must.

MAD HATTER / GUARD / DISH

(Bass, Baritone, or Tenor)

Excellent dancer of any ethnicity/any size who sings well. Advanced Ballet / Jazz / Tap dance technique, excellent partnering skills, comedic timing and comfort with physical comedy is a must

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