This years youth theater summer camp, Summer On Stage at The Stanley, is ready to hit the ground running with auditions for this summers production of Dreamworks' Shrek Jr. and this years second annual Summer Cabaret, both co-directed by Nick Abounader and Rusty Ritzel! This program is open to all students from ages 13 - 18 (Or incoming Freshman to outgoing Seniors)! During the camp students will be learning the basics of theatrical production, from the casting process all the way through to the performance of a piece! We will even be accepting student crew members!
The summer program runs Monday through Friday from 11:00am - 3:00pm beginning on Wednesday. July 5th through Friday July 28th, there will then be a week off, followed by one more week of the program from Monday, August 7th through Friday August 11th. Admission into the program will cost $40 per student, this will help The Stanley to pay the expenses of the program, rights for the show, set and costume pieces, souvenir show t-shirts, and mid rehearsal snacks!
The FREE public performance of Shrek Jr. will take place on Friday, July 28th at 7:00:pm
The FREE public performance of the Summer Cabaret will take place on Friday, August 11th at 7:00pm
Auditions for the program will be taking place on Friday, June 16th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and on Sunday, June 18th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
Performers are being asked to prepare one of two selections from the musical: Men please be ready to sing "Big Bright Beautiful World" and Ladies please be ready to sing "I Know It's Today"!
About The Show:
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.
With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes, and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.
Roles to be cast in the show include:
Wonderful roles for performers with natural stage presence and big, clear voices. These characters are important for setting up the world and moving the story forward.
He may be a big, scary, green ogre to the rest of the world, but as the story reveals, he's really just a big fellow with a big heart.
She may appear to be an ideal princess straight from the fairy tale books, but there is more to her than that stereotypical image. She is an audacious young lady with a wonderful sense of humor and - surprisingly - manners akin to those of a teenage boy.
Young Fiona & Teen Fiona
Younger versions of Fiona.
Young Fiona and Teen Fiona are younger versions of Fiona.
A very short man with gargantuan ambition! He is solely interested in gaining as much power as possible.
A brash, loud, fast-talking animal with no concept of "quiet time."
A breakout role for a young girl with a lot of soul and spunk. She is a ferocious fire-breathing dragon but finds a surprising love in Donkey.
Mama Ogre & Papa Ogre
Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence.
A role just right for a smaller, younger performer.
The wooden boy who cannot tell a lie without being belied by his growing nose. Pinocchio begins in a sour mood about his second-class status but ends the story as a natural leader among the Fairy Tale Creatures.
The Three Little Pigs
Pig 1, Pig 2 And Pig 3. The classic three little pigs with a German twist.
He may be bitter about his unfortunate appearance, but he does find camaraderie among his fellow fairy tale outcasts.
The Three Bears
Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear.
A great role for a young performer destined to be a character actress.
Big Bad Wolf
He doesn't need to be a scary, threatening big-bad-wolf type. At this point, he's a pretty tame wolf who is reduced to wearing Little Red Ridinghood's grandmother's dressing gown.
A great cameo role for a young performer who is as earnest as can be. Gingy is based on the Gingerbread Man who runs away like a fugitive from his baking captors.
The boy who never grew up, and he continues to act the part in this story.
Captain Of The Guard
This role is just right for an actor with some inherent strength and authority.
The Dragon's background singers who all tried at some point to save Fiona from her tower but were held hostage by the Dragon. Young performers who can sing well and have some soul just like the Dragon.
Farquaad's comparably short and grumpy father.
The Fairy Tale Creatures make up the heart of the show. These characters are taken from the story books but have a bit of a comedic twist. Other standout ensemble roles include : The Guards, Duloc Performers, Puss in Boots, Rooster, Pied Piper, Rats and the Bishop. Ensemble roles like Birds, Trees, Deer, Woodland Creatures and Fairy Tale Creatures help make up the backbone of the musical. The story demands everyone jump on board as you create the hilarious and lovely world of Shrek The Musical JR.
Please direct any questions to Nick Abounader, Marketing and Events Manager at The Stanley Theater, at NAbounader@TheStanley.org