Shrek the Musical

by David Lindsay-Abaire

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

“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. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Audition Information

Director: Nancy Rich
Musical Director: Darylene Hecht


Shrek the Musical is based on the 2001 animated feature film, incorporating all the major characters and more. Shrek the Musical is not just for kids. The humor has broad appeal as the story unfolds about Shrek, the green ogre with a heart of gold living in the swamp. Shrek embarks on a journey to Duloc, where he is persuaded by the villainous Lord Farquaad to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona, who is trapped in a castle. Along the way, the outsider Shrek is joined by an excessively chatty donkey. We meet a slew of oddball fairytale creatures, an enormous pink dragon, and some dancing rats, as they perform to a marvelous collection of fun and upbeat musical numbers that will set your toes tapping.

To read more about the show and hear clips of the songs, visit the website.


Child Fiona and Teen Fiona (Age  9-17) Auditions (singing audition only): Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary NC 27511. 5:30 -7:00 pm.

Adult (age 17+) Auditions (singing, movement): Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary NC 27511.

SIGN-UPS/PAPERWORK 6:30-7:00 pm. Orientation and movement audition begins at 7:00.

CALLBACKS: Sunday, January 19, in scheduled half-hour slots beginning at 1:30 pm at Cary Arts Center.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals begin on Monday, February 17. Rehearsals take place Monday – Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The rehearsal schedule will be based on cast conflicts and will be finalized after casting.

TECH REHEARSALS: Begin April 19 and continue through the week until opening night. Attendance required. No conflicts are allowed after April 17.

Friday, April 24, 2020 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2020 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:00 PM
Friday, May 1, 2020 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2020 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:00 PM


SHREK: Age 25 to 50: Vocal range top: G#4 Vocal range bottom: A2
Our story’s title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. He begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero.

FIONA: Age 25 to 35: Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: F3
The beautiful but feisty 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: Age 20 to 50: Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: C3
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: Age 30 to 50: Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B2
The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princess to marry so that he can become king. He has an intensely unfair bias against fairytale creatures that stems from the resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, cruel, and extremely funny. This actor must be able to perform/dance almost entirely on his knees.

DRAGON: Age 25 to 45: Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F3
A pink lady 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. Sings the solo: “Forever” in a Motown style. Doubles as one of the fairytale creatures.

GINGY/ SUGAR PLUM FAIRY: Age 20 to 40: Vocal range top: C#5 Vocal range bottom: B3
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. A puppet operated by actor appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.

PINOCCHIO: Age 18 to 40: Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: E3
The leader of the fairytale creatures. Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.

Featured vocalists for the song “Make A Move”. Three choice vocal parts!

Fairytale Creatures (Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Elf, and Snow White). Featured players may also double in roles such as Shrek’s parents, Fiona’s parents, guards, dancing rats, dancing knights, and Dulocs.

CHILD FIONA sings with Teen Fiona and Adult Fiona in the song “I Know It’s Today”. A good singer aged 9 – 12. Vocal range: A3/B3 to C5
TEEN FIONA sings with Child Fiona and Adult Fiona in the song “I Know It’s Today”. A good singer aged 12 – 17. Vocal range: A3/B3 to C5

ENSEMBLE (age 17+)
Additional ensemble singers and dancers will be cast for the Angry Mob, the Happy mob, the choir, dancing rats, and Duloc dancers. Please indicate on your audition form if you can tap dance.

PUPPETEERS (age 17+)
Four puppeteers will be needed to operate a variety of animals, trees, set elements, and of course the big pink dragon!


THE MOVEMENT AUDITION: will act as a warm-up in the form of a simple and fun dance routine! Those auditioning are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for movement. Actors only interested in puppeteer roles should attend the movement audition.

THE SINGING AUDITION: We will hear you sing in the order you have signed up. Please prepare 16 bars of an audition song that showcases your voice and vocal range, and bring the sheet music in the correct key.

Each actor will be released after we’ve heard your song.


Callbacks will be posted on the website, before noon on January 15. Actors will be scheduled for callbacks on Sunday, January 19 in scheduled half-hour slots at the Cary Arts Center. Callbacks will consist of readings from downloadable sides, and cold readings from the script. Musical callbacks will consist of learning snippets of the music from the show. Dance auditions will also take place on callback day.



Interested in auditioning? We are so glad! Please download and fill out the following forms to bring to auditions.

1) AUDITION FORM. (Be sure to specifically indicate if you can tap dance and if you have an allergy to theatre make-up.)


2) CONFLICT CALENDAR. (Put an X on all conflict days. Also, indicate any rehearsal days you might be late or need to leave early. Remember, no conflicts allowed after April 17.)

Conflict Calendar

The Cast

Cary Players announces the cast list for “Shrek the Musical”.
We would like to thank everyone who came to the auditions for sharing your time and talent with us.   We hope that all of you will come back to audition with us again for future Cary Players productions.
If you have been cast in the show, you will receive additional information by email regarding costume measurements, and the kick-off meeting on February17th.

Shrek: James Austin
Fiona: Arlie Kidd
Donkey: Benaiah Barnes
Farquaad: Ryan Madanick
Gingy/Sugarplum Fairy: Elizabeth Quesada
Dragon (onstage vocal): Fran Bushman
Teen Fiona: Emma Welch
Child Fiona/Baby Bear: Maddie Behrens
Little Ogre/Dwarf: Nic Sanchez

Pinocchio: Dan Hawkins
Big Bad Wolf/Thelonius/Knight: Aydan Hanson
White Rabbit/Duloc/Guard/Knight: Alex Lewis
Fairy Godmother/Dragon voice: Fran Bushman
Peter Pan/Duloc/Knight/Guard: Charles Robson
Wicked Witch/Pied Piper/Lillian: Heather Shinpaugh
Ugly Duckling/Duloc/Dancing rat: Charleigh Smith
Mad Hatter/Guard/ Dragon puppeteer: Noah Zimmerman
Papa Bear/Harold/Guard: Tim Poliquin
Mama Bear/Blind Mouse: Angel Zimmerman
Tweedle Dee/Blind Mouse: Jess Hill
Tweedle Dum/Blind Mouse: Molly Hamelin
Elf on the Shelf/Dancing rat: Kelsie Adloo
Unicorn/Duloc: Alinya Hanson

THREE BLIND MICE: Molly Hamelin, Angel Zimmerman, Jess Hill

Sticks/ Knight: Rhonda Lemon
Straw/Papa Ogre/Guard/Duloc: Mike Muhlada
Bricks/Mama Ogre: Paula Andrews


Dancer track 1: Dragonette (onstage dancer), Dancing rat, villager, dancing guard, choir:   Katie Eves, Anna Winters, Alexandria Finazzo

Dance track 2: Duloc girl, Dancing rat, villager, travel song puppets, choir:  Megan Parks, Felicity Weavil, Katherine Pierce

Guard 1/Captain/Bishop/The Greeter: Del Flack
Puppeteer (dragon’s head)/villager/scene 1 guard: Chris Blackwell
Puppeteer (dragon’s body)/villager/scene 1 guard: Dan Bain

Production Staff/Crew


Stage Director: Nancy Rich
Music Director: Darylene Hecht (Keyboard 1)
Technical Director: Ian Robson
Stage Manager: Victoria Barnes
Producer: Jenny Robson, Jeri Summer
Assistant Stage Director: Del Flack
Assistant Stage Manager: Kristie Kennedy, Jenny Robinson
Assistant Producers: Carole Kelly, Debra Grannan, Dan Martschenko, Chris McKittrick
Set Designer: Ian Robson
Master Carpenter: Ian Robson
Costume Designer: Pam Marquie
Prop Designers: Charise Johnson, Savvy Johnson
Lighting Designer: Ryann Norris
Sound Designer: Todd Houseknecht
Dance Choreographer: Nancy Rich
Assistant Dance Choreographer: Sarah Preston
Fight Choreographer:
Deck Crew Chief:
Prop Crew:
Event Manager:
Musicians: Jennifer Allred (Keyboard 2), Kevin Boxell (Percussion), Ken Worsham (Bass Guitar), Will Woltz (Guitar) Pauline Leveille (Flute), Mark Gloden (Clarinet), Reese Wing (Trumpet)
Light Board Operator: Barbara Corbin
Sound Board Operator: Bill Johnson
Set and Paint Crew: Bob Grannan, Ed Killian, Paul Rieger
Deck Crew:
Costume Crew:
Hair & Makeup: Janna Edgar
Photographer: Ian Robson
Graphic Designer: Catherine Campbell
Playbill Designer: Carole Kelly
Volunteer Coordinator: Jeri Summer
Finance Manager: Chris McKittrick