General Information About Auditioning
- Auditions are open; family involvement is encouraged
- Refer to specific information below for age or gender requirements
- Auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis
- You need only audition once; you will be called back if needed
- Ages noted in cast requirements are approximate
- Auditions may involve singing, acting, reading, dance or improv
- Bring your calendar to note any conflicts on your audition form
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Thanks to everyone who auditioned for “A Christmas Carol.” The cast list appears in below. If you find your name on the cast list by name/alpha, you have been cast and should continue reading the ensemble roles by scene for additional detail.
If you were not cast, we hope you will consider auditioning again in the future.
Those who were cast will receive a follow-up email this week with further information about the initial cast meeting on 9/29 and rehearsal scheduling.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
SHREK – THE MUSICAL
Music by Jeanine Tesori, with Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performances at Chanhassen High School Theater
March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 – 7:30PM
Mar 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 – 2pm
Preview/School Matinee: Thursday March 5th at 9:30 AM
Auditions: October 20 & 22;, 2014 **READ REQUIREMENTS BELOW**
Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd, Chanhassen
Rehearsals Start: January 5, 2015 and continue for 8.5 weeks
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, 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 THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone!
Directed by Randy & Josie Ross; musical direction by Diana Fornshell; choreography by Jocelyn Braudt.
CAST & AGE REQUIREMENTS: Up to 80 people will be cast. You must be 8 years old by January 1st, 2015 or enrolled in 2nd grade to be eligible to audition. This production will include lead parts and ensemble feature roles that call for strong vocal ability and basic dance movement skills. In addition, feature dancers with strong dance ability will be cast. Finally, there will be a number of ensemble roles that will be cast. All ensemble characters and leads will be required to do some basic movement including simple dance and formation routines. Both adult and child feature dancers will be cast. There is a special need for both children and adults who have tap experience.In keeping with CVFT audition policy, every effort will be made to cast family members.
Monday &Wednesday Oct 20 & 22 (Chanhassen High School)
5:30 to 6:30 Open Auditions for 8 to 13 year olds
Youth Vocal and Basic Movement:
Auditions will include singing 24 measures of I’m A Believer #24 from the show (see link below) and participating in some basic improvisational acting exercises. Children should come ready to sing the audition song but no preparation for the movement exercises is needed. Dress for basic movement.
Youth Feaured Dancers & Tappers:
Children who have had minimal/moderate dance experience who have interest in feature dance roles or tap numbers should plan to stay after their vocal audition for a separate basic dance audition. All other children are excused after the Vocal and Basic Movement portion of their auditions.
6:30 – 9:00PM Open Auditions for 14 years and up:
Adult Vocal , Reading and Basic Movement:
Auditions will include singing 24 measures of I’m A Believer #24 from the show (see link below). In addition, actors will be asked to read parts from the script (see link below). Finally actors will participate in some basic movement exercises. Dress for movement.
Shrek Audition Reading A
Shrek Audition Reading B
Shrek Audition Reading C
Adult Featured Dancers and Tappers:
Adults who have intermediate/advanced dance experience who have interest in feature dance roles—including Tap numbers should plan to stay after their Vocal/Reading Audition for a separate dance audition. All other adults are excused after their Vocal/Reading audition.
Call Backs, Friday October 24th:
After your initial audition, if you are needed for a call-back audtion, you will be notified by Thursday October 23rd to come back, by appointment, on Friday evening for additional reading and singing. Below are specific songs that will be learned and sung for call backs.
Fairy Tale CB
Young Fiona CB
Teen Fiona CB
DONKEY 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 optimistic with heart.
Male or Female, 16 and up
Range: C3 – B4
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 tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter.
Male or Female, 16 and up
Range: F3 – Eb5
ENSEMBLE FAIRYTALE CREATURES (BIG BAD WOLF, THREE LITTLE PIGS, WHITE RABBIT, FAIRY GODMOTHER, PETER PAN, WICKED WITCH, UGLY DUCKLING, THREE BEARS, MAD HATTER, HUMPTY DUMPTY, ELF, DWARF, THREE BLIND MICE);
(Age and Gender open)
ANGRY MOB; HAPPY PEOPLE: (Age and Gender open)
GUARDS; KNIGHTS: (Men 16 years and up)
RATS & CITIZENS OF DULOC: (Gender open, Age:16/up. Vocal/dance ability)
FLOWER CHORUS: (Girls 8 to 13 yrs)
DWARVES: (Boys and Girls 8 to 13 years)
FEATURED DANCERS: All ensemble characters and leads will be required to do some basic movement including simple dance and formation routines. Both adult and child feature dancers will be cast. There is a special need for both children and adults who have tap experience.
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 multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess.
Female, 18-40 yrs old
Range: F3 – G5
GINGY 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. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
Female, 18-40 yrs old
Range: B3 – C#5
LORD FARQUAAD The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes 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.
Male, 30-55 yrs old
Range: B2 – D5
PINOCCHIO The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.
Male, 18-40 yrs old
Range: E3 – F#4
SHREK 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. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero.
Male, 18-40 yrs old
Range: A2 – G#4
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Auditions May 4 & 5, 2015
Book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay
Music by Gene De Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
New Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn
Based on the MGM Film and “The Sobbin’ Women” by Steven Vincent Benet
Directed by Hannah Weinberg and Kevin Spencer
Music Direction by Andrew Hasty
Choreography by Hannah Weinberg
July 24-August 2
8 Performances: July 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 & August 1-7:30 p.m. and July 26 and August 2- 2:00 p.m.
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS:
Monday, May 4th
5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Ages 8-13 Vocal Audition (One night only for children)
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Vocal Audition
8:00p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Dance Audition
Tuesday, May 5th
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Vocal Audition
8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Dance Audition
Thursday, May 7th
Callbacks 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m
***Video auditions will be accepted in advance for high school and college students unable to attend auditions.***
Rehearsals: May 18th-July24th.
Ensemble approx. 2-3 nights/week until July, 4-5 nights/week from beginning of July until opening.
Principals, 3-4 nights/week until July, 4-5 nights/week from beginning of July until opening.
Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original MGM film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. A truly rollicking adventure that teaches that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven unkempt brothers into manly gentle men and to turn desire into romance.
Set in Oregon in 1850, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850′s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.
From Director Hannah Weinberg
“Unlike many of the big movie musicals from the 1950’s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers did not jump on the bandwagon of bringing the musical to the stage. It was solely written to be a movie musical. 30 years later an attempt at a stage version turned into a big flop, with only five performances on Broadway, it was later revised again in 2007 for regional theaters. This show calls for a lot of physical movement, high energy, strong dance and musical abilities. Our process will be physical, constantly moving, with creative collaboration to focus on creating a fun working environment to bring this show to life. I am looking for strong, versatile actors who are not afraid to be daring and step out of their comfort zones.”
This production features roles for ages 8 and up, and requires many strong singers and dancers. Experienced dancers and gymnasts are desired. Mainly adult roles (see below), but there will be a small ensemble of children and teens for the townspeople scenes, and in “The Challenge Dance”.
Age 8-13, VOCAL Auditions are May 4th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ONLY!
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classical Broadway song, bring sheet music; accompanist provided. No dance audition for this age group.
Age 14 & Up VOCAL Auditions are May 4th 6:30-8:00 p.m. and May 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classic broadway song, memorized. It should be able to show off your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist.
Age 14 & Up DANCE Auditions are May 4th & 5th 8:00- 9:00 p.m.
You will be taught a short basic dance routine as a large group, followed by auditions in groups of 6-8.
Dress for dance and bring shoes (Girls: jazz, ballet, or character shoes. Men: Character shoes, shoes without grips)
Call Backs: If requested, you will be called back to sing again, read for specific parts, and dance on Thursday May 7th. Times TBD. Dress for movement.
***Casting 30-40 approximate****
VIDEO AUDITIONS will be accepted in advanced for high school and college students who are unable to attend auditions. The requirements will be similar to what is required at auditions. Details TBD.
If you don’t feel strongly about your dance skills, we shall be setting up times before auditions to work on the routine so you feel comfortable and confident at auditions. More details to come: TBD.
Character Breakdown: (Ages are approximate)
ADAM: The eldest of seven brothers. A tall and attractive hunk. Farmer and hunter. Vigorous, confident, charming. He falls in love with Milly. Male, 30-40 yrs old. Range: B3 – A5
BENJAMIN: The second eldest and second in command. A driven leader who is as quick to being hot tempered as he is to action. Falls in love with Dorcas. ale, 25-35 yrs old. ge: C4 – F5
CALEB: brother. Solid and smart, he a hunter who is unaccustomed to women. The most levelheaded of the brothers. Falls in love with Ruth. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
DANIEL: A brother. He is rough-and-tumble, unkempt, and talkative. Falls in love with Liza. Male, 20-25 yrs olld. Range: C4 – F5
EPHRAIM: A brother. Rough-and-tumble and unkempt. He is like a twin with Daniel, but less talkative. Falls in love with Martha. Male, 20-25 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
FRANK: A brother. He is a hot head who is always ready to erupt. Reluctant to do anything that might be classified as sissy. The most rugged and “uncivilized” of all the brothers. Falls in love with Sarah. Male, 20-25 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
GIDEON: The youngest brother. Shy, sensitive, and deeply honest to a fault. Still rough around the edges like his brothers. Eventually falls in love with Alice. Male, 18-21 yrs old. Range: C4 – G5
MILLY: A bride. A feisty, beautiful, frontier woman with a vibrant sense of humor. Strong-willed, smart, and unafraid to say how she feels. She falls in love with Adam. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: G3 – E5.
DORCAS: A bride. She is feisty. Works in her parents’ store and rebels against their overbearing nature. Pushes the dress code and acts as if she is more promiscuous than she really is. Falls in love with Benjamin. Female, 20-25 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
RUTH: A bride. Very practical with a sensuality underneath. A problem solver. The mother of the group of girls. Falls in love with Caleb. Female, 20-25 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
LIZA: A bride. A homebody attached at the hip to Martha. She is very superstitious. Eventually falls in love with Daniel. Female, 18-21 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
MARTHA: A bride. A bit of a goody two-shoes who does everything with Liza. She eventually falls in love with Ephraim. Female, 18-22 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
SARAH: A bride. A gardener and “tom boy” raised in a family of boys. She has a fiery sense of exuberance. Falls in love with Frank. Female, 15-20 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
ALICE: A bride. Sweet but very naïve and not too bright. Ultra clean. Very excitable and a hopeless romantic. Falls in love with Gideon. Female, 16-19 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
MR. HOALLUM: Owner of the general store. He is also the town mayor and Dorcas’ dad. He is very protective of his daughter and girls in town. Male, 45-65 yrs old. Range: C4 – G5
MR. SANDER: Owner of the local restaurant and Ruth’s father. Gruff and grumpy. He is conservative and very protective of his daughter. Male, 45-65 yrs old. Range: A3 – E5
MRS. HOALLUM: Mr. Hoallum’s wife and Dorcas’ mother. Snobby and uptight. Like her husband, she does not like Adam and his brothers. Female, 40-55 yrs old. Range: A3 – D5
MRS. SANDER: Mr. Sander’s wife and Ruth’s mother. Snobby and conservative. Female, 40-55 yrs old. Range: A3 – D5.
PREACHER: Alice’s father. A peaceful and deeply religious man who loves his daughter. Dislikes confrontation. Male, 40-55 yrs old, Range: C4 – E5.
JEB (Liza’s Suitor)
JOEL (Martha’s Suitor)
NATHAN (Alice’s Suitor)
LUKE (Ruth’s Suitor)
MATT (Dorcas’ Suitor)
ZEKE (Sarah’s Suitor)
ENSEMBLE LUMBERMEN; TOWNSBOYS; TOWNSGIRLS