Actors Guild to hold auditions for ‘Shrek The Musical’

PARKERSBURG – In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess.

Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and more than 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. Full of new songs, dancing and breathtaking scenery, the production at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg in May is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone.

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Characters to be cast in February:

Shrek: 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. Looking for a male, 25-45 years old.

Fiona: 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. Looking for a female, 20-30 years old.

Donkey: 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 his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimistic with heart. Looking for a male, 20-35 years old.

Dragon: 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 flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter. Looking for a female, 25-45 years old.

Gingy: A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Looking for a female, 20-40 years old.

Lord Farquaad: The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princess to marry so 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. Looking for a male, 30-45 years old.

Pinocchio: 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. Looking for a male, 20-40 years old.

Ensemble: 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, angry mob; happy people; guards; knights; rats.