The show tells the story of a big, green ogre named Shrek who must enter into a deal with the bad guy Lord Farquaad to get rid of a crowd of fairy tale characters who have invaded his beloved swamp. The deal he makes brings lovely romance to the story, a necessary component of any good “once upon a time” venture.
Thrilled to have newcomer Joel Scribner as director this summer, the Playhouse welcomes him to the group’s “little neck of the woods.” Joel has never directed for the Playhouse, but he will be familiar to local theatergoers as the marvelous actor who played Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre not long ago. Joel’s lengthy resume includes 30 years of involvement in live theater as a director, producer, actor, and playwright. He is the founder and artistic director of Yellow Dragon Productions, which opened its first season this past December. The Playhouse is so proud to have Joel at the helm of “Shrek the Musical!”
Also bringing talent and experience to the production are three Playhouse favorites: Jennifer Arbogast Wilson, who directed the Playhouse’s “Peter Pan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” will choreograph the show; Michael Huseman will return as musical director; and Nick Hartline will conduct the Playhouse Orchestra. These professionals will make for a fantastic show, as well as a wonderful learning experience for those in the cast.
The Playhouse amphitheater, located on Rolling Way between the police and fire departments and James Boulevard, is the venue for auditions, as well as the show. The audition dates and times are Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. until noon for children ages 9 through 12, and from 1-3 p.m. for those 13 and up, including adults. On Sunday, May 20, auditions are from 2- 4 p.m. for all ages. Any necessary callbacks will be on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Production dates for “Shrek the Musical” are July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
There are some helpful guidelines for auditioning. Everyone who auditions must wear closed toe shoes for safety because set construction will be underway. It’s not necessary to have a musical number prepared for auditions as the directors will teach the songs and movements on site. Those folks auditioning will sing, move and read from the script. Also, bring your list of any conflicts you might have between May 21 and June 23 so these can be noted by the stage manager. Most importantly, all who are cast in the show must be at every rehearsal and performance after June 23. The quality of the show depends on the presence of every actor, no matter how “big” or “small” the part, at rehearsals after this date.
If you have questions, visit smph.org or the Playhouse Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (423) 763-7219.