Shrek Info

We are SO excited to announce our Fall/Winter Musical for the 2018-2019 School Year!! QMS Drama Proudly Presents:

Important Dates


Performances: January 10th, 11th, & 12th, 2019 at 7pm

Thursday September 13th 2-3:30pm

Audition PREP For any student interested in auditioning/learning more about the show

We will go over audition songs, the audition dance, and audition and rehearsal expectations

Students auditioning should pick either Monday or Tuesday to audition. You do not have to come to both:

Monday, September 17th 2pm-4pm


Tuesday, September 18th 2pm-4pm


Thursday, September 20th, 2pm-4pm


Not all students who audition will be called back. Call backs help us to

put the puzzle together, and to see what dynamics work on stage. Not getting a call back does NOT mean you are not being considered for a role.

Friday, September 21st

Cast List POSTED at and on the Drama board at QMS at 1pm

Rehearsals Will Run:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 24th- December 20th. All rehearsals run from 2-4pm unless otherwise noted. The Late Bus leaves at 3pm and therefore can only be used in case of emergency. Not all students are called to every rehearsal. Detailed rehearsal schedules will be available during the first week of rehearsals.

You MUST remain in good academic standing throughout the rehearsal process in order to participate.

After Winter Break:

Wednesday, January 2nd and Thursday, January 3rd, 2pm-4pm

Full run thru with full cast and crew

Friday, January 4th:

Tech Load In- No actors Saturday, January 5th MANDATORY TECH REHEARSAL 9am-12pm: Tech crew only 12pm-5pm: ALL CAST AND CREW


All rehearsals run 2:30pm-6pm. Tech week rehearsals are MANDATORY for the ENTIRE cast and crew. NO EXCEPTIONS. Students should work on homework, stay on team for extra help, or do anything else they need to do to stay on top of their studies from 2-2:30 each day.

Monday January 7th: 2:30-6PM

Tuesday January 8th: 2:30-6PM

Wednesday January 9th: 2:30-6PM

Thursday January 10th, 7pm
Friday January 11th, 7pm

Saturday January 12th, 7pm (We are also going to hold the following weekend, January 17th, 18th, 19th for potential performances in case the weather does not cooperate on show weekend!)

Other Information:

We will cap the cast around 70 students. If more than 70 students audition, we will cast only 70 students based on auditions.

Parts are open to anyone in ANY grade. No pre-casting has been determined, and 8th graders do NOT get preferential treatment over 6th and 7th graders.

Crew Interviews will happen in October. If you are interested in working crew, you must sign up for an interview. Interview sign ups will appear on our website in October.

2 Unexcused absences from rehearsals will result in your removal from the show.

If you are cast in SHREK, you must be available for all three performances, as well as all three tech week rehearsals.

More information on Casting, as well as FAQ’s about rehearsals can be found here on the website- check out the Audition and Rehearsal FAQ'S page and our Thoughts On Casting page. For more information on the show and to listen to clips of the songs, visit the show's website: MTI'S SHREK JR Character Breakdowns

From the Music Theatre International Website:

Shrek: 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. It is great if Shrek is a solid singer, but most importantly, snag a young man who is an excellent actor with comedic chops.

Fiona: 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. Cast a girl who can do it all: act, sing and dance. This is a premiere role for an experienced performer with a loveable spirit.

Storytellers: 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, so cast some bold, energetic young actors.

Young Fiona: Young Fiona and Teen Fiona are younger versions of Fiona and should have solid singing voices.

Teen Fiona: Young Fiona and Teen Fiona are younger versions of Fiona and should have solid singing voices.

Lord Farquaad: A very short man with gargantuan ambition! He is solely interested in gaining as much power as possible. This is a role for a good singer, but most importantly, your very best comedian who isn't afraid of making bold choices or looking silly.

Donkey: A brash, loud, fast-talking animal with no concept of "quiet time." Cast an experienced performer who can sing well and has a whole lot of presence and character. Be sure to choose a performer who complements Shrek well as his loyal and ever-faithful sidekick.

Dragon: 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. Cast a performer who has tremendous presence and a good pop singing voice.

Mama Ogre: Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence. Make sure to cast good singers.

Papa Ogre: Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence. Make sure to cast good singers.

Little Ogre:A role just right for a smaller, younger performer who is new to the stage. He may not have lines but he is very important to the storytelling.

Pinocchio: 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. Cast a young performer with a lot of personality who can sing well.

The Three Little Pigs:  Pig 1, Pig 2 And Pig 3. The classic three little pigs with a German twist. It isn't necessary that they look identical; focus on finding a fun and dynamic trio.

Ugly Duckling: He may be bitter about his unfortunate appearance, but he does find camaraderie among his fellow fairy tale outcasts. This is a fun comedic role for a new performer.

The Three Bears:Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. Great cameo roles for young performers who have little performing experience but make a complementary group.

Wicked Witch:A great role for a young performer destined to be a character actress. She has a big personality, so find a performer who is up to the task.

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. This is a fun role for a newcomer to the stage.

Gingy: 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. Find a performer with great energy.

Peter Pan: The boy who never grew up, and he continues to act the part in this story. Cast a boy (or girl, if you want to give a nod to the traditional theater casting) who will have fun physicalizing the character.

Captain Of The Guard: This role is just right for an actor with some inherent strength and authority. He or she doesn't have to have a lot of stage experience; just be sure to cast somebody who has a big, booming voice and who isn't scared to put all the Fairy Tale Creatures in their place.

Knights: The Dragon's background singers who all tried at some point to save Fiona from her tower but were held hostage by the Dragon. Cast young performers who can sing well and have some soul just like the Dragon.

Dwarf: Farquaad's comparably short and grumpy father. This is a perfect cameo role for a young performer.

Ensemble: 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. 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.