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Auditions

Shrek the Musical

Director/Choreographer: Andrea St. Clair
Music Director: Lori Jarvey
Stage Manager: Rebecca Greb

 

Shrek Audition Information and Requirements;

 

Auditions will be held on: *Sunday, April 29th at 6:30 pm, and *Monday, April 30th at 6:30 pm at the theatre.*

 

*Auditioners do not need to attend both nights.

 

Audition Requirements:

 

If auditioning for Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Farquaad, Mama Ogre, Dragon, Papa Ogre: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song that shows off both vocal range and personality. We would prefer songs from modern musical theatre of the last 20 years.

 

If auditioning for Fairytale characters: please prepare 16-32 bars of a character song that shows comedic chops, personality, and range. Songs can be from any era of musical theatre but should be a character song. (If auditioning for Pinocchio, please also be prepared to vocalize scales after your song selection.)

 

The audition will consist of a vocal audition, cold read, and dance audition.

 

The dance audition will cover basic movement as well as more challenging dance choreography. If you tap, please bring tap shoes (flats okay) as there will be an optional tap audition after the basic dance audition.

 

Callbacks:

 

Callbacks will be held on Sunday, May 6th at 6pm.

 

We will call back for most characters, however, if you are not called back, it does not necessarily mean that you will not be cast in the show. Auditioners will be notified if they are called back.

 

A Note for both auditions and callbacks: We are looking for characters that are BIG, BOLD, and CREATIVE. Please do not play it safe in auditions! Bring any character type voice that you have and be prepared to play around a bit. Please see the Character Breakdown list for more specific information.

Sunday, April 29th at 6:30pm, and Monday, April 30th at 6:30pm at the Theatre
One day is required

Shrek the Musical – Character Descriptions

 

We are looking for a cast of all ages, shapes, sizes, races, and gender identities. “What Makes you Special, Makes you Strong.” We especially need big personalities and unique characters to fill out this not-so-average fairytale!

 

LEADS (Please note: If you are auditioning for one of the four roles below, you will be expected to be off book as soon as possible.)

 

Shrek – portrays age  range 25-45 – Lead. Grumpy, smelly ogre that turns into our hero. Very strong vocal, comedic, and dramatic chops. Moves well. Sings: Baritone (A2-G#4)

 

Fiona – portrays age range 20-30 – Lead. Quirky, blunt, strong anti-princess with comedic chops. Multi-talented. Must tap and move extremely well. Sings: Soprano/Belt (F3-G6)

 

Donkey – portrays age range 20-35. Lead. Funny sidekick scene stealer who is a chatterbox.. Strong comedic chops, moves well. Must be comfortable with improvisation. Actor of color strongly preferred for this role. Sings: Bari-Tenor (C3-B4)

 

Lord Farquaad – portrays age range 25-45+. Lead. Comically short ruler of Duloc. He is self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel. Must have strong comedic chops and ability to improvise. Very physical role, as character is on knees (with knee pads) throughout the show. Sings: Bari-Tenor (B2-D5)

 

ENSEMBLE (Please note that MOST of these roles have solos, duets, or are featured HEAVILY. All of these roles must be portrayed by actors with a combination of the following: strong vocals, strong comedic timing/character voices, and dance ability (or can move well.) A small number MUST TAP (Rat Tapper roles will be decided upon tap audition.)  If you are inclined to audition for only one role, we strongly encourage you to consider some of the roles listed below.  You may want to listen to the cast recording or filmed version on Netflix to see just how much the ensemble is featured! **Tracks subject to change depending on turnout.**

 

Pinocchio: portrays age range 20-40 – Supporting. Sassy leader of the fairytale characters. Strong singer/actor. Must have strong character voice. Ability to sing falsetto a must. May also portray the Lion King voice in “Traveling Song,” and other possible roles. Must move well. Will also consider a female for this role. Sings solos in “Story of My Life,” and “Freak Flag.” (Range: E3-F#4)

 

Dragon/Mama Bear: portrays age range 20-50+. – Big, soulful belt. Both characters are big and bold. Actor of color strongly preferred for this role. Sings “Forever.” May also play other minor roles. Must move well. (Range: F3-Eb5)

 

Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy – portrays age range 20-40.  A gingerbread man kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. Puppet. Must have very strong high-pitched character voice. Operated by the actress playing Sugar Plum Fairy (Sugar Plum Fairy has a Russian accent.) Will double as a Happy Villager, and a Duloc dancer. (Range: B3-C#5) Mezzo/Belter.

 

Mama Ogre/Humpty Dumpty: portrays age range 20-50+ – Big, warm belt. Should have strong comedic chops as Humpty Dumpty. Moves well. Sings duet, “Big, Bright Beautiful World” that opens our show, as well as a powerful solo in “Freak Flag.” Also doubles as a guard.   Mezzo/Belter.

 

Papa Ogre/” Straw” (3 Little Pigs): portrays 20-50+ – Strong vocal chops. As Papa Ogre, he has a beautiful duet, “Big, Bright Beautiful World,” that opens our show. As one of the 3 Little Pigs, actor must be able to learn a german accent through rehearsals. Moves well. Will also play other minor roles. Should be good with harmony. Tenor.

 

Fairy Godmother/Queen Lillian: portrays 20-50+ – Bubbly as the Fairy Godmother. Has solo lines in “Story of My Life.” As Queen Lillian, has featured solo lines in “Big, Bright Beautiful World.” Will double as a Duloc dancer and the Bluebird. Soprano

 

Papa Bear/Kind Harold/Thelonious: portrays 20-50+ – Loveable but discontent as Papa Bear.  Has solo singing lines in “Big, Bright, Beautiful World” as King Harold.” Will also portray Thelonious, Lord Farquaad’s executioner.  Baritone (Range D2-E3)

 

Baby Bear/Three Blind Mice: portrays 10+-30+ (adult role) As Baby Bear, featured in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag,” and as one of the 3 Blind Mice, will be featured in “Make a Move.” Will also double as a Duloc dancer, a Happy Villager in opening sequence. Should be a great dancer, hip-hop a plus! Alto

 

Wicked Witch: portrays 30-50+ As the Wicked Witch, she’s strong and outspoken. Originally played with a New York/Brooklyn accent. Has solo bit in “Story of My Life.” Will also be featured as a Happy Villager, and a Duloc Dancer. Alto

 

Big Bad Wolf: portrays 25-50+ Cross-dressing wolf with a diva attitude who is consistently misunderstood. Will double as a guard and other roles. (E3-F#4)

 

Shoemaker’s Elf/Three Blind Mice: portrays 18-50+ Usually played by a woman, the Shoemaker’s elf is spunky. Will double as a happy villager, duloc dancer, and as a member of the Three Blind Mice. Should move extremely well. Hip-hop a plus! Mezzo.

 

Bricks (3 Little Pigs): One of the harmonizing trio of the 3 Little Pigs. Should be able to harmonize well and learn a German accent. Should move well. Also doubles as a guard and a duloc dancer.  (#1 must sing to A above middle C;  #2 tenor or low alto; #3 tenor/baritone)

 

Sticks (3 Little Pigs): One of the harmonizing trio of the 3 Little Pigs. Should be able to harmonize well and learn a German accent. Should move well. Also doubles as a guard and a duloc dancer, and other minor roles. (#1 must sing to A above middle C;  #2 tenor or low alto; #3 tenor/baritone)

Mad Hatter: portrays 18-50+ Will also double as a guard, duloc dancer, and possible other minor roles. Should move well.  Baritone

 

Peter Pan: portrays 18-35+ – The boy who never grows old, yet…he has. Open to casting on this role (boyish, pixish role v. older man.) Should dance. Will double as a Duloc dancer, Guard, and possible other roles. (Alto w/belt or tenor)

 

White Rabbit: portrays 25-50+ Part of the fairytale creatures. Ability to hop a lot a plus! Will also double as a Duloc dancer, and possible other roles. Must move well/dance. Baritone

 

Ugly Duckling/Three Blind Mice: portrays 20+ and will double as a Happy Villager, Duloc doll, and possible other roles. Hip Hop skills a plus! Soprano.

 

Captain of the Guard/Bishop: portrays 30+-50+ Angry enforcer of Farquaad’s banishment of the fairytale characters. Also plays the Bishop. May also be used for other minor characters. Strong actor.

 

Pied Piper/Ensemble:  portrays 18+ As the Pied Piper, he is having challenges getting his rats to follow him during “Morning Person.” Will also double as a Guard. Should be able to move.

 

ROLES FOR KIDS

 

Young Fiona/Dwarf/Gretel – portrays 7+ (to be cast 10+) – Strong belt and acting chops. Sings in “I Know It’s Today.” Also portrays Dwarf in Act 2 (with v/o), and Gretel in “Freak Flag.” Should move well. Alto w/belt

 

Teen Fiona/Little Red Riding Hood – portrays 14-16+ (open to casting 18-20) – Strong belt with comedic chops. Sings in “I Know It’s Today.” Doubles as Little Red in “Freak Flag” and as a Happy Villager.  Possible Fiona Double. Should move well. Alto w/belt.

 

Young Shrek/Hansel – portrays 7+ (to be cast 10+) – No solo singing, featured in “Big, Bright Beautiful World.” This young actor needs to move well. Will be used as Hansel in “Freak Flag.” Open to young boy or girl playing this role.

Rehearsals begin late July 2018

Sunday through Thursday 7-10 PM

Open September 14, 20018

 

About the Play: To Kill A Mockingbird is the Pulitzer prize winning novel by the late Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. Its setting is 1935, when racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama. Nonetheless, young Jean Louise Finch — or Scout, as she is fondly called manages to live a rather carefree, privileged existence, insulated from issues of race. All that changes when Scout watches her father, Atticus Finch, defend an innocent man, Tom Robinson, against a potential death sentence, which looms threateningly against him because of prejudice due to race. Scout begins to realize that just because society portrays something as being true doesn’t mean that it is fact. With the help of Atticus, and her older brother Jem, Scout learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost.   Please be aware that this play contains both mature content and language.

Please be familiar with the play before auditions. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Scripts will be available for perusal after April 24 at the box office.

 

Woodland Opera House Mainstage- 340 2nd Street

 

7:00 PM

May 7th and 9th General auditions

7:00 PM

May 10th  Call Backs

 

Rehearsals begin late July 2018

Sunday through Thursday 7-10 PM

Open September 14, 20018

Character Breakdown: Please note that the ages listed just serve as a guide for the characters. All roles are available, and casting is open.

 

Casting: Looking for 10 men and 6 women for parts with dialog. Additional ensemble cast needed.

 

  • Jean Louise Finch (Scout) – Female, 7 – 12 years old, main character & narrator of the play
  • Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Male, 10 – 15 years old, Scout’s older brother
  • Atticus Finch – Male, 40 – 50 years old, Scout & Jem’s father, widower, lawyer that represents Tom Robinson
  • Calpurnia – African American Female, early – mid 50s, Jem & Scout’s housekeeper
  • Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – Male, 10 – 15 years old, Jem & Scout’s friend
  • Maudie Atkinson – Female, early- mid 40s, Atticus’ younger sister
  • Walter Cunningham – Male, early – 40 – 50 years old, Farmer
  • Reverend Sykes – African American Male, early – 50 – 60 years old, minister
  • Heck Tate – Male, 40 – 50 years old, Town Sheriff
  • Stephanie Crawford – Female, 60 – 70 years old
  • Arthur Radley (Boo) – Male, early – mid 40s, town recluse
  • Dubose – Female, 70 – 80 years old
  • Tom Robinson – African American Male, mid 20s – mid 30s, a family man accused of rape
  • Judge Taylor – Male, 60 – 70 years old
  • Gilmer – Male, 30 – 50 years old, public prosecutor
  • Bob Ewell – Male, 40 – 50 years old
  • Mayella Ewell – Female, late teens – early 20s
  • Ensemble: variety of town characters

AUDITIONS!

Summer Show Biz Kidz Vocal, Acting, and Dance Intensive Program

 

The Summer Show Biz Kidz Intensive Program enables the intermediate-advanced student to continue in development of acting, singing, and vocal skills and performance techniques. Students may choose to audition for one specific intensive or for all three. Each intensive group will rehearse separate material to perform during Show Biz Kidz. Students who are selected to participate in the Summer Show Biz Kidz Intensive Program must also be registered for afternoon Show Biz Kidz (Tuition $330).

  • Attendance is critical to the success of this program.
  • Classes will be held June 18 through July 6 (See below for specific days and times) with dress rehearsals July 9- July 13 from 9 – 12.
  • Students will perform in Show Biz Kidz, July 13, 14, 15.

 

Auditions: May 17th at 7:00 (for ages 11 and up)

Woodland Opera House Studio, 415 4th St

Please Call the Woodland Opera House Annex (530) 650-8203 to sign up for auditions.

 

Students auditioning for the Vocal Intensive will be taught a short vocal piece. Those auditioning for the Dance Intensive should dress to dance and will learn a short dance piece.  The Acting Intensive audition will consist of cold readings.

Vocal Intensive

Instructor: Joshua Wheeler
Tuesdays/Thursdays
6/19, 6/21, 6/26, 6/28, 7/3, 7/5
11:00-12:15
Ages: 11+
Tuition: $20
Class will fine tune vocal techniques and will perform a vocal musical number in Show Biz Kidz.

 

Acting Intensive

Instructor: Emily Jo Seminoff
Tues/Thurs 10:00- 11:00
6/19, 6/21, 6/26, 6/28, 7/3, 7/5
Ages: 11+
Tuition: $20

Class will explore acting techniques and will perform scenes and sketches in Show Biz Kidz.

 

Dance Intensive

Instructor: Staci Arriaga
Mon, Wed
10:45-12:00
6/18, 6/20, 6/25, 6/27, 7/2 (No Class 7/4)
Ages: 11+
Tuition: $20

Class will develop dance techniques and will perform one dance number in Show Biz Kidz.


Shrek the Musical, JR

Rising Stars Performance Workshop

 

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

 

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

 

Direction and Choreography by Emily Jo Seminoff
Music Direction by Joshua Wheeler

 

Auditions:
Monday, June 4 at 4:00 at the Woodland Opera House Stage – 340 2nd St.

 

Callbacks, if needed, June 6.  Time TBD. 

 

Bring sheet music to a prepared song (16-32 measures). An accompanist will be provided. Dress to dance. The audition will consist of a vocal audition and dance audition. Students may be asked to read from the show.

 

Audition Prerequisite:

Auditions are open to students ages 7-18 with experience with one or more of the following.

-Show Biz Kids
-Musical Theatre workshop
– Mini Musical Workshop
-Acting Workshop
– Main Stage Performance

 

Tuition: $90
Costume/Production fee: $40

 

Performances:
Saturday, August 18, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 7:00 pm

 

Rehearsals:
Actors will not be called to every rehearsal, but only to rehearsals for which they are needed.
General rehearsal days are Monday – Thursday

 

Rehearsal Schedule:
June 18-July 12 –4:00-6:00 (No rehearsal July 4)

July 16-August 9, may rehearse anytime from 1:00-6:00. TBD after casting.

 

Mandatory Tech week:
August 13-16, 4:30-7:00

Auditions:
Monday, June 4 at 4:00 at the Woodland Opera House Stage – 340 2nd St.
Callbacks, if needed, June 6.  Time TBD. 

 

Bring sheet music to a prepared song (16-32 measures). An accompanist will be provided. Dress to dance. The audition will consist of a vocal audition and dance audition. Students may be asked to read from the show.

Character Breakdown:

Shrek (Actor Age Range: 14-18): A big, green, smelly ogre who lives alone in 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.

 

Fiona (Actor Age Range: 14-18): 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 multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess.

 

Donkey (Actor Age Range: 12-18): 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.

 

Lord Farquaad (Actor Age Range: 12-18): 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.

 

Dragon (Actor Age Range: 11-18): 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 tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter.

 

Storyteller(s): (Any Age) Help set up the world and move the story forward.

 

Young Fiona (Actor Age Range: 7-12): Princess Fiona as a little girl, sassy & sweet.

 

Teen Fiona (Actor Age Range: 11-15): Princess Fiona as a teenager, sassy & sweet.

 

Mama & Papa Ogre (Actor Age Range: 11-18): Shrek’s parents, sing a beautiful duet to young Shrek in the opening number.

 

Captain of the Guard (Any Age): Comedic role. Very militant, leader of all the guards.

 

Dwarf (Any Age): Farquaad’s comparably short and grumpy father.

 

FAIRY TALE CREATURES

Gingy (Any Age): 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.

 

Pinocchio (Any Age): 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, he leads the troupe of Fairytale Creatures.

 

Big Bad Wolf (Any Age): A tough guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know his secrets.

 

Mama Bear (Actor Age Range: 12-18) Sassy & sweet mother to Baby Bear.

 

Papa Bear (Actor Age Range: 12-18): Father to Baby Bear, firm but kind.

 

Baby Bear (Actor Age Range: 7-11) Very sweet & cute.

 

Ugly Duckling (Any Age): Comedic role, a bit nerdy.

 

Peter Pan (Any Age): Comedic role, childish.

 

Wicked Witch (Actor Age Range: 11-18): Comedic role.

 

3 Pigs (Any Age): Strong singers.

 

ENESEMBLE:  (Any Age) Guards, fairy tale creatures, Duloc performers, knights, birds, tree, woodland creatures, rats, etc


Cast Lists

Tracy.………………….…………..Carlie Robinson

Edna…………………….…………Jason Hammond

Wilbur……………………………..Bob Cooner

Link…………………………………Ryan Everitt

Amber.……………..…………..McKinley  Carlisle

Velma.……………………………..Patricia Glass

Penny………………………….….. Katie Halls

Seaweed……………………Michael-David Smith

Little Inez.………………………Journey Ostlind

Prudy…………………..………..Chris Cay Stewart

Motormouth…………..….Deborah Hammond

Corny Collins…………………..Ryan Hook

Council Members

Tammy………………..….……….Hayley Harrison

Brad………………….….………..Quintin Casl

Fender…………….…………….Giovanni Garcia

Brenda.………………….……… Erin Bruni

Sketch………………….………..Taylor Bailey

Shelley…………………………..Katherine Fio

IQ………………………………..Marcus Lucia

Lou Ann…………..…….…..Jordan Hayakawa

Dynamites

Judine………………………..Olivia Averett

Kamilah.….…………..………Zaara Little

Shayna.………………………..Chloe Sears

Harriman Spritzer….…….David Cross

Mr. Pinky/ensemble…………….Josh Wheeler

Gym Teacher/ensemble……Jia-Min Rosendale

Principal……………………….Mary Dahlberg

Matron/ensemble..……….Ryan Wathen

Beatnick Chick/ensemble…Emily O’Flaherty

Guard/ensemble…………Jennifer Goldman

Gilbert……………………..……..James Hayakawa

Cindy Watkins..…..…………Olivia Averett

Lorraine.……………………….Zaara Little

Hookers/ensemble………..Lela Rosendale, Allison Weaver

Guild

Ushers and Docents

The Woodland Opera House Guild is seeking ushers and tour docents.

Become a guild member and support the Woodland Opera House. Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre. And of course, there is the good feeling of supporting our fabulous historic Woodland Opera House.

 

As a State Historic Park the opera house offers tours. The Woodland Opera House is one of the smallest state parks in the California Park system and a designated historic landmark. Share our remarkable history by becoming a tour docent.

 

Join the Woodland Opera House Guild Thinking about becoming a guild member? These frequently asked questions may help you decide:

 

What is the Woodland Opera House Guild? The Guild is an organization of men and women who want to insure the success of the historic Woodland Opera House by volunteering their services. Anyone over the age of 16 may join. Children 12-15 years old may join if sponsored by and accompanied to events by an adult member.

 

Are there lots of meetings? There is an orientation meeting when you first join, then one meeting a year. The Board of Directors meets once a month. Their meetings are open to any member.

 

How much does it cost? The dues for an active member are $25.00 per year. If you wish to join, but do not feel you can work much, or not at all, you may join as an Associate member. Associate dues are $40.00 per year. We have recently added a family membership for $90 a year. This is ideal for families of 4 or more that reside at the same address.

 

What can I do as a volunteer? You can: usher at all Main Stage and Family productions and concerts, give out programs, provide help and assistance to our patrons, help backstage, sew costumes, paint sets, help with refreshments, serve on the Board, decorate for the holidays, learn to give tours, help with fundraisers, and many other tasks. There is always need for additional help and something for everyone. Let us know how you would like to contribute.

 

How often do I have to work? Active members are requested to help out at least 6 times a year. Most members enjoy serving much more than that. Associate members are not required to work, but their services are always welcome. They may sign up to volunteer for any event, performance or concert as they wish.

 

What’s in it for me? The satisfaction of knowing you are helping keep the Historic Woodland Opera House Theatre vital is your greatest reward. More tangible rewards are seeing the performances and concerts free when you work at them, invitations to social events, and meeting wonderful dedicated people like yourself. Each member keeps a record of their hours served in a binder. Members having 50 or more hours a year are honored at the annual Chesley Awards (W.O.H.’s Academy Award). Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre and spend some quality time together supporting our fabulous Historic Woodland Opera House.

Wish List

The Woodland Opera House depends on the generosity of those who help!  A wish list is one way for your to contribute.

We are wishing for a volunteer handyman.  If you are interested please call our office at 530-666-9617

Here is our running wish list:

  • Wardrobe Boxes
  • Portable Air Compressor
  • 88 weighted key board
  • Wardrobe Racks
  • Shelving
  • Dance Accessories (mats, ribbons, hoops, etc.)
  • Heavy duty belt sander
  • Large Rugs and Runners
  • Battery Operated screw guns

We also participate in the Amazon Smile program, where many of our wish list items can be purchased and shipped directly to us.  It’s convenient and always appreciated!