NETworks is casting the 2012-13 nonunion national tour of Shrek the Musical.
Executive Producers: Dani Davis, NETworks
Original Directors: Jason Moore & Rob Ashford
Original Choreographer: Josh Prince
Tour Director: Stephen Sposito
Tour Choreographer: Chris Bailey
Composer: Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
Casting: Bob Cline
This tour is currently running (with some layoff this summer) & closes Spring 2013 (exact date TBD).
Shrek: 20s–30s, an ogre, has spent most of his life as an outcast, living in a swamp far from civilization, nothing amuses him more than felling a pitchfork-wielding mob with a deadly ogre fart, yet his crass and brutish exterior disguises a soulful and lonely heart, when forced to leave the safety of his swamp and embark on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess from a dragon-guarded castle, our reluctant hero starts to discover what it means to hope for something more, seeking actors with a powerful presence, great wit, and a rock voice, should be able to sing to an A, principal role;
Donkey: 20s–30s, Shrek’s self-appointed side-kick, as charming as he is clingy, a bright-eyed motor-mouth whose eagerness and quick wit barely disguise his desperate need for a friend, seeking performers with a winning and easy charm, great comic skill, and a “burnin’” R&B vibe, should sing up to an A flat, principal role;
Princess Fiona: 20s-30s, has spent most of her life locked in a dragon-guarded castle, reading fairy tales about damsels being rescued by handsome and charming princes, when she’s finally set free, she tries desperately to play the part she’s spent her life preparing for–the spoiled, swooning, romantic princess destined to live happily ever after–but she has a secret, and underneath the pretty dress lurks a smart, outspoken, tough-as-nails girl who can’t help burping or launching into hand-to-hand combat when the situation calls for it, principal role;
Lord Farquaad: 30s-40s, a pompous and power-hungry little villain with a raging Napoleon complex and an intense dislike of all fairy tale creatures, always the perfectionist, sets out to claim a beautiful princess as his bride in order to insure himself a royal title and a kingly throne, principal role;
Young Fiona/Young Shrek: 8 years old, Princess Fionais a bright little girl who was only recently locked in a tower, passes her time in the dragon-guarded castle, reading fairy tales about damsels being rescued by handsome and charming princes, and is hopeful a noble prince will rescue her soon, must be a great singer, principal role;
Ensemble/Fairy Tale Creatures: excellent singer-actors for the ensemble, all should be vivid, strong comic actors, with wide singing ranges & dance ability, seeking performers of diverse cultural backgrounds. Ensemble roles include—Teen Fiona: 18+ to play age 13, Pinocchio, Magic Mirror, 3 Pigs, Papa Ogre, White Rabbit, Peter Pan, Wolf, Gnome, Wicked Witch, Gingy, Fairy Godmother, Ugly Duckling, Shoemaker’s Elf, Mama Ogre, Humpty Dumpty, Dragon, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear.
Casting personnel state: “We are seeking performers with strong legit and pop Broadway voices. Almost all ensemble members must sing well enough to cover a principal role. All cast must at least move well. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to attend this call. Seeking Non-Equity performers only.”
Auditions will be held:
May 10 at 10 a.m. (female singers)
May 11 at 10 a.m. (male singers)
May 12 at 10 a.m. (male and female dancers who sing well)
Pearl Studios NYC
500 Eighth Ave., 12th fl.
New York, NY
Bring headshots & résumés, stapled together. Singers, prepare a brief song selection that shows off your voice & range. If you are a character actor, prepare a song appropriate for that character. Bring sheet music; pianist provided. You are welcome to sing from the show, but have another selection with you. Singers should be prepared in case they are asked to come back for a movement call later in the day. Male singers unable to attend their specific call on May 11 may attend the female singers’ call on May 10, and female singers unable to attend their specific call on May 10 may attend the male singers’ call on May 11. Dancers, bring both tap & character shoes. Dancers should still bring a song selection (see instructions above). All roles paid.