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Packets for the 2014 Musical will be available by July 17. 

Pick them up in the Main Office at Fremd.

 

Shrek the Musical

 

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by
David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

 

Vocal Audition Workshops

 

Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22

Room 17 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

 

Auditions/Callbacks

 

Monday, August 25 – Thursday, August 28

You must participate in ALL audition days.

 

Performance Dates

 

Thursday, October 30, Saturday, November 1 (2 performances),

Thursday, November 6, and Friday, November 7, 2014

 

Resources

 

CD: Shrek the Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 2009

 

 

Websites for background information:

 

http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000372

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek_The_Musical

 

 http://www.allmusicals.com/s/shrekthemusical.htm

 

Shrek the Musical  Set Build

 

August 11-15, 2014

 

Come and help us get a head start on building the set!

Watch the website for times!!

 

 

If you have any questions, see or e-mail

 

Mrs. Klingner, English Department jklingner@d211.org 

 


Shrek the Musical  Synopsis

Act I
Opening like a storybook, our musical adventure begins with a large ogre named Shrek narrating the story of his seventh birthday. As he narrates, the storybook comes to life and we see Shrek’s parents telling the seven-year old version of himself that it is time for him to venture out into the world on his own. As he does, his parents’ warning that everyone will hate him because of his hideous looks proves to be true, and he is forced to live alone, embittered, and angry in a swamp. Before our eyes Shrek grows up, the adult ogre now stepping into the story he was previously narrating (“Big Bright Beautiful World”). His lonely solitude is interrupted one day, however, when all of the Fairytale Creatures of the land show up to his swamp, banished there by Lord Farquaad (“Story of My Life”). Not at all pleased to have his home invaded, and encouraged by the Fairytale Creatures, Shrek decides to travel to see Lord Farquaad in order to regain the privacy of his swamp (“The Goodbye Song”). Along the way, he rescues a talkative Donkey from Farquaad’s guards, and after much begging on the Donkey’s part (“Don’t Let Me Go”), Shrek reluctantly allows him to tag along.

Meanwhile, in Duloc, we are introduced to Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror who is torturing Gingy, the Gingerbread Man, into revealing the whereabouts of a princess he wishes to marry so that he may finally be a true king. Gingy claims Princess Fiona is locked in a nearby tower, surrounded by lava and a dragon. Lord Farquaad decides to have a festival to draw the name of a Duloc citizen that will have to fetch Princess Fiona for him. As the crowd gathers (“Welcome to Duloc”/”What’s Up Duloc?”), Shrek and Donkey arrive and Lord Farquaad demands that in return for the deed to the swamp Shrek must find and bring back Princess Fiona.

While Shrek and Donkey set off, the lights come up on seven-year old Fiona, stuck in her castle and dreaming that she will one day be rescued by one a prince (“True Love’s First Kiss”). As she grows into a teenager, and then a headstrong woman, she never loses her faith in her fairy tales ("I Know It's Today"). As Shrek and Donkey continue on their journey, Shrek becomes increasingly annoyed with Donkey’s constant chattering (“Travel Song”). Somehow though, deep down, a friendship has begun to form. After crossing the lava-bridge, and arriving at the castle, Shrek sets off alone to rescue Fiona while Donkey encounters a ferocious female Dragon ("Forever"). When Shrek reaches Fiona, she tries and fails to get him to play out romantic scenarios similar to all those in her storybooks, and at last he is forced to drag her off. Reunited with Donkey they must then escape angry Dragon. Fiona is thrilled to finally have her rescuer fighting for her (“This Is How A Dream Comes True”). Shrek traps the Dragon and the trio makes it to safety, where Fiona is appalled to find Shrek is an ogre and not Prince Charming. Shrek explains that he is merely her champion; instead, she is to wed Lord Farquaad. As the sun begins to set, Fiona becomes apprehensive, insisting that they rest and that she spend the night alone. Donkey and Shrek stay awake and as Shrek finally opens up to his new friend for the first time, we see Fiona transformed into an ogress, alone in the moonlight (“Who I’d Be”).

Act II
The next day, Princess Fiona rises, and excited about it being her wedding day, dances around singing (“Morning Person”). When she inquires about her groom-to-be, Shrek and Donkey let the “short” jokes fly, and then Shrek begins to mock her childhood circumstances. Each thinking his/her own childhood is worse, the two begin a contest of one-upmanship that culminates in a battle of disgusting bodily noises. (“I Think I Got You Beat”). Through this, their pasts are revealed to one another, and a friendship is kindled.

Meanwhile, back in Duloc, Lord Farquaad plans his wedding, and he reveals his own sordid heritage ("The Ballad of Farquaad"). As Shrek and Fiona's newfound camaraderie grows into love, Donkey insists, with the help of the Three Blind Mice, that Shrek should tell Fiona how he feels ("Make a Move"). Before he can though, the sun begins to set, and Fiona once again rushes away to bed. Refusing to give up on the thought, Donkey goes to the barn where Fiona has retreated, only to discover that she turns into an ogress at night due to a curse placed on her as a child by a witch. She tells Donkey that only a kiss from her true love will return her to love’s true form. Alone, Shrek tries to summon the courage to express his feelings (“When Words Fail”), and when he finally goes to tell Fiona, he overhears the end of her conversation with Donkey, completely misunderstanding her description of herself as an ugly beast as a reference to him. Hurt, he storms off.
The next day, transformed back to her human form, Fiona decides to tell Shrek about her curse ("Morning Person (Reprise)"). When Fiona tries to explain, however, Shrek rebuffs her. Farquaad and his army approach to claim Fiona, who now upset herself, not only agrees to the marriage, but also insist that it take place before sunset. Donkey tries to appeal to Shrek, but Shrek rejects him, angry that Donkey would talk about him with Fiona behind his back, and declares he will return to his swamp, alone (“Build A Wall”).

Elsewhere, while the Fairytale Creatures, evicted from the swamp, head for their new home, they decide they’ve had it with Farquaad’s discriminatory treatment (“Freak Flag”). With a newfound confidence, they decide to return to Duloc and take on Lord Farquaad. Back at the swamp, Donkey and Shrek argue until Shrek is convinced that Donkey and Fiona weren’t talking about him. Each one forgives the other, and Donkey convinces Shrek that Fiona cares about him. They rush to Duloc, and Shrek is able to stop the wedding just in the nick of time. He finally finds the words to express his feelings, declaring his love to and for Fiona (“Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise)”). Caught between love and her desire to break the curse, Fiona tries to escape the event, but the exiled Fairytale Creatures storm the wedding and protest their banishment. Amidst the protests, the sun sets, turning Fiona back into an ogress in front of everyone. Farquaad is disgusted, but insists the marriage is already binding, claiming he will lock Fiona in a tower and continue to rule as Duloc’ s true King. Shrek whistles for the Dragon he met earlier, and she swoops in, destroying Farquaad in one fiery breath. Finally free of Farquaad, Shrek and Fiona admit their love for one another and share a kiss. Fiona's curse is broken and she takes her true form: an ogress. At first, she is ashamed of her looks, but Shrek declares that she is still beautiful. Shrek and Fiona begin a new life together, as everyone celebrates what makes them special ("This Is Our Story"). They all live happily ever after ("I'm a Believer").

Shrek the Musical  Cast

 

SHREK – (male) 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.

DONKEY – (male) 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 Shrek’s good graces.  Easily frightened and pushy, but also with an optimistic with heart.

FIONA – (female) 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.

LORD FARQUAAD – (male) 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 – (female) 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 flirtations, but tired of her job as the glorified babysitter.

GINGY – (female) 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.

PINOCCHIO – (male OR female) 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. 

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

FEATURED CHARACTERS – Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre, Guard, Young Fiona, Teen Fiona, Dragon Back-Up Singers, Bluebird, Pied Piper  

ENSEMBLE – Angry Mob, Happy People, Duloc Performers, Guards, Knights, Rats

 

Shrek the Musical  Pit Orchestra Needs

 

This list is from the company that holds the rights to the show. We may need to split the reed parts or double if necessary, but we don't have a copy of the score yet, so we won't be sure about that for a

while.

 

Bass (acoustic bass, electric bass, electric 5-string)

Cello

Drums (basket shaker, bell tree, drum kit, keltic arena drums, large shaker, mark tree, piccolo snare drum, small shaker, tambourine, wood/temple blocks)

Guitar 1 (archtopguitar, electric Stratocaster, nylon acoustic, steel guitar, steel strg. acoustic, ukulele)

Guitar 2 (electric guitar, mandolin, nylon acoustic, steel strg. acoustic, 12-string acoustic)

Horn

Keyboard 1

Keyboard 2

Percussion (bell tree, big triangle, bongos, castanets, chimes, clave, congas, cowbell, crotales, djembe, dumbek, finger cymbals, glockenspiel, gran cassa, mark tree, orchestra bells, piatti, piccolo snare drum, shaker, sleigh bells, small shaker, snare drum suspended cymbal, tam tam, tambourine, temple blocks, timpani, wood block, xylophone)

Reed 1 (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo)

Reed 2 (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone)

Trombone (bass trombone, tenor trombone)

Trumpet (flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, trumpet)

Violin 1

Violin 2

 

Shrek the Musical  Musical Numbers

 

Act I

“Big Bright Beautiful World” – Shrek, Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre, Young Shrek, Fiona, King Harold, Queen Lillian, Young Fiona, Villagers

 “Story of My Life” – Guard, Pinocchio, Fairytale Creatures

 “Story of My Life- Tag” – Shrek, Fairytale Creatures

 “The Goodbye Song” – Shrek, Fairytale Creatures

 “Don’t Let Me Go” – Donkey (Blocking with Shrek)

  “Regiment #1” & “Regiment Reprise” – Guards

 “What’s Up, Duloc?” & “What’s Up, Duloc - Reprise?”– Duloc Performers, Lord Farquaad

 “I Know It’s Today” – Young Fiona, Teen Fiona, Adult Fiona

 “Travel Song” – Donkey, Shrek

 “Forever” – Dragon, Donkey, Female Back-Up Singers, Knights

“This is How a Dream Comes True” – Fiona (Blocking with Shrek, Donkey, Dragon)

  “Who I’d Be” – Shrek, Fiona, Donkey

Act II   

“Morning Person” – Fiona, Bluebird, Pied Piper, Tapping Rats

 “I Think I Got You Beat” – Fiona, Shrek (Blocking with Donkey)

 “The Ballad of Farquaad” – Lord Farquaad, Guards

 “Air Guitar Crossover” – Shrek, Fiona

 “Make a Move” & “Make a Move - Tag”– Donkey, Three Blind Mice (Blocking with Fiona, Shrek)

 “When Words Fail” – Shrek

 “Morning Person (Reprise)” – Fiona

  “The Arrival of Farquaad” – Farquaad

 “Build a Wall” – Shrek

 “Freak Flag” – Gingy, Pinocchio, Fairytale Creatures

 “Wedding Procession” – Choir

 “Big Bright Beautiful World - Reprise” – Shrek

 “Beautiful Ain’t Always Pretty” – Shrek, Fiona

 “Finale” – Fiona, Shrek, Donkey, Fairytale Creatures

 “I’m a Believer” – Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Company

 

 

 
 
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