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Shrek the Musical

Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Book and Lyrics by Music by
David Lindsay-Abaire
Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by
DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

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.

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Wakefield Repertory Youth Theater is proud to present auditions for its Summer 2017 youth program!

'Shrek: The Musical'

Looking for an exciting, fun-filled theatrical experience this summer? Look no further than Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre! This summer’s production will be the fun-filled, family- friendly musical 'Shrek'!

Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre is a six-week theater program for students entering grades 5 through 9. The program teaches children about all aspects of theater, ranging from onstage singing, dancing, and acting to the behind-the-scenes magic of set design, lighting and costuming! The campers work together to create cherished memories, culminating in a spectacular production of Shrek in August. The 2017 program will continue WRYT’s tradition of presenting high quality, award-winning youth-oriented productions. Past productions, including Annie, Peter Pan and Seussical, have built a strong theatrical foundation for local youths and have created entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Audition Information
Auditions for 'Shrek' are open to all students, boys or girls, entering grades 5 through 9.

Audition Location
Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church
273 Vernon St, Wakefield MA 01880
(Please note that day-to-day camp life will be held at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School)

Auditions will be held on Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13 from 4-6pm.
(You need only attend one of the two audition days

Callbacks (by invitation) will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 4:00pm.

All students are encouraged to audition. No prior theater experience is necessary. All students who audition and wish to participate in the production will be cast. Casting decisions are based on talent, regardless of age, gender, or previous participation in the program. Students are only required to attend one audition day, and not all students are needed for callbacks. All roles are open. As in the past, we anticipate double casting leading roles & “cross- casting” females in male roles where appropriate, creating even more opportunities for our students to shine!

Program Information
The program runs from June 26th until the production is presented with four performances on August 3-5, 2017.

The camp hours are generally Monday-Friday from 8am -2:00pm, except during the last two weeks, when weekend rehearsals will also be required. The daily program is held at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School’s air-conditioned and state-of-the-art auditorium. In addition to rehearsing the show, students participate in warm-ups, team building exercises, arts-related activities and a series of workshops led by staff, guest artists, and speakers!

Potential & Past Workshops Include:
Acting: Voice, Acting, Stage Combat, Dialects
Dance: Ballet, Tap, Hip-hop, Jazz, African Dance
Music: Voice, Sight Reading, Instruments, Hip-hop Technical Theater: Stage Design, Lighting Design, Costuming, Set Painting & Theatrical Makeup
Miscellaneous: Sign Language, Karate, Comics, etc.

Tuition and Fees
The cost of the summer program is $850 per student. This fee includes tuition, Prince Pizza party, dinner on August 5th, an "All Access Pass" for one admission to each performance, an ad in the program, car wash tickets, makeup, most costumes, and a t-shirt. For two or more siblings, a $100 discount is offered for the second (or more) child.

Need-based scholarships are available, and tuition may be prepaid in installments via PayPal; please see Paypal Payment Info tab for details.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of auditions; no child will be allowed to audition without a deposit. Payment in full is due by the parents’ meeting/ice cream social, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 at 6:30pm at the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church.

A note on double casting: Double casting is WRYT’s way of ensuring more opportunities for more students. Double cast roles are split between two actors who each get two performances as their role, when they are not performing their role they are in an ensemble. An asterisks next to a role denotes a role which may be double cast however, it is dependent on auditions, enrollment, and various other components. Some roles originally thought of for double- casting may end up being played by one actor and vice-versa. This show has endless opportunities for all involved to have an amazing summer and we look forward to seeing each of our students shine!

Character Descriptions
DonkeyMale or Female, Shrek’s self-appointed side-kick, as charming as he is clingy, a bright-eyed motor-mouth whose eagerness and quick with barely disguise his desperate need for a friend. Winning and easy charm, comic skills, soulful vocal style.*
DragonFemale, charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. Donkey becomes trapped by Dragon and becomes her prisoner of love. Dragon helps save the day at the end of the musical. Mezzo/belter with gospel sound.*
FionaFemale, Princess of Far Far Away, daughter of King Harold and Queen Lillian. Has spent most of her life locked in a dragon-guarded castle reading romantic fairy tales. Underneath lurks a smart, outspoken girl who can’t help burping or launching into hand-to-hand combat when needed. Soprano with belt.*
Teen FionaFemale, Princess Fiona as a teenager; has been trapped in the tower for a few years and has angst about not being rescued yet. Sense of humor, strong voice, ensemble.
Young FionaFemale, As Princess Fiona, a bright little girl only recently locked in a tower, who passes her time reading fairy tales about being rescued by a handsome and charming prince. Strong singer.
Lord FarquaadMale A pompous, power-hungry little villain with a raging Napoleon complex and intense dislike of all fairy tale creatures. Sets out to claim a beautiful princess as his bride in order to ensure himself a kingly throne. Character baritone or tenor.*
ShrekMale, An ogre who has spent most of his life as an outcast, living in a swamp far from civilization; crass and brutish exterior disguises a soulful and lonely heart. A reluctant hero. Powerful presence with great wit. Bari-tenor (to A).*
Young ShrekShrek as a young boy.
Fairy Tale CreaturesA more lively and fun ensemble you cannot find the Fairy Tale Creatures are a wonderful opportunity for great character development both as a group and individually. The group dynamic is important, but each character gets their chance to shine.
PinocchioBanished to Shrek’s swamp along with other fairy tale creatures by Lord Farquaad. Comic role, tenor, ensemble.*
Three Little PigsFunny, anxious, have German accent is possible, baritone and tenor roles.
White RabbitA fairy tale character of Alice in Wonderland fame. Perpetually late.
Peter PanComedic role. A boy who won’t grow Up , tenor, ensemble.
WolfTough guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know he likes dressing up in Granny’s clothes. Comedic role, bass-baritone to high G.
Wicked WitchComedic role, soprano, ensemble.
Gingy (Gingerbread Man)female to play a male; a cookie that is tortured by Farquaad's guards. Comedic role, character voices a plus, sing with vocal versatility and solid mix, belts to a D, ensemble.*
Fairy Godmotherfemale, comedic role, soprano to a high E, ensemble.
Ugly Ducklingfemale, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
Shoemaker’s Elffemale, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
Humpty DumptyA fairy tale character.
Papa BearFrom Goldilocks story. Male, comedic role, singer, ensemble.
Mama BearFrom Goldilocks story. Female, comedic role, pop/rock belt, ensemble.
Baby BearThe wide-eyes and precocious baby bear from Goldilocks. Comedic role, singer, ensemble.
Sugar Plumb FairyA Storybook character.
Mad HatterOf Alice in Wonderland fame. A Storybook character.
Other Roles: 
Mama Ogre/Papa Ogrefemale and male, opens the show sending young Shrek out into the world and telling him that the big, bright, beautiful world out there will only judge him by the way he looks. Comedic role, pop/rock belt.
DwarfLord Farquaad’s Father
King HaroldFiona’s Father
Queen LillianMother of Fiona
CaptainCommander of the guards
Pied Pipertrying to lead rats with his flute
Three Blind Micebackup singers to donkey.
BishopOfficiates the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad
Angry Mob, Happy People/ Citizens of Duloc, Guards, Knights, Rats,
These ensembles are essential to our story and get the dynamic and fun opportunity of differentiating many different roles throughout the show. All strong performers with some featured moments. The ensemble is truly the backbone of our story telling.

Download Scholarship form
Deadline: May 20, 2017

It is the sincere intent of Wakefield Repertory Theatre that no student who might benefit from participation in the program be excluded for purely financial reasons. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Please download, fill out the form and send it to us by: May 20, 2017

Artistic Director – Adam Schuler

Music Director – Samantha Prindiville

Production Manager – Ali Butts

Program Coordinators – Melanie Patterson and Monica Bruno

Assistants – Cian Murphy, Kali Patterson, Lauren Abramson, Grace Konstanty and Ashley DiBella

WRYT Summer 2017- Intern Application

Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre is a six week summer camp for students going into 5th to 9th grade. This program focuses on all aspects of theatre, giving each and every student an opportunity to explore the arts, learn and grow. WRYT is thrilled to have our intern program back for Summer 2017.The WRYT intern program is a great “next step” for those who are too old to participate in the program, while providing the training and experience to possibly move into staff positions. It is vital for the program’s continuation that this program is a success. We are seeking motivated individuals (grade nine or higher) to come on board in leadership roles serving as student interns. Though an unpaid position, Interns receive hands-on theatrical training from a skilled staff and are expected to serve in leadership positions. Interning is also a great extra-curricular activity, community service and an impressive resume booster!

WRYT meets Monday- Friday (Camp hours 8a-2p, staff hours 7:30a-2:30p) starting June 26th and concluding in four performances the weekend of August 3rd. Interns are asked to be at camp daily, though with prior notification of conflicts, interns will be permitted to miss up to three camp days. Interns are also asked to assist with auditions that are scheduled for June 12th & 13th with callbacks on the 14th. In addition to normal hours there are also a number of outside of camp events which interns are encouraged and asked to attend (including fundraisers, set painting and construction, special events, tech weekend, etc.).

While we do our best to keep tuition costs affordable, we know that coming up with a lump payment for camp tuition in June can be daunting for many families. As with last year, we are continuing the option to allow you to pre-pay for your child’s WRYT camp tuition in installments. This year’s tuition will be $850.

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