Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is looking for an ogre, a donkey, a princess, a pint-sized Lord and numerous other fairy-tale characters for their summer youth production of Shrek Jr. The musical will follow several successful youth productions at Theatre Workshop and looks to encourage youth to embrace their individuality.
Co-directors, Jacob Hein and Jenifer Wiggins, both local music teachers, are passionate about showcasing the deeper meaning of the show.
“The story is about accepting others for who they are, and the show teaches that what makes you special is what makes you strong,” Wiggins said.
Auditions will be held on Sat., March 23 from 9 a.m.- noon, Sunday, March 24 from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, March 25 from 6-9 p.m. Auditions are open to all youth entering third through 12th grades in the fall of 2019.
“Shrek has become one of the most recognized characters of the last 20 years, and the story is relevant to everyone,” Hein said. “We are all different and it is our differences that make us unique, not to mention it is a humorous story with well-crafted musical numbers.”
Wiggins added that through musical theatre she has watched lives change as kids blossom and gain self-esteem from being a part of a production, especially one promoting teamwork.
At auditions, youth will be asked to read from the script and sing songs from the show. While no specific preparation is required, more information on specific audition details can be found on the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro Facebook page.
Youth interested in helping behind the scenes with lights, sounds, costumes, set design, props or stage crew are also encouraged to attend auditions to share their information with the directors as the technical crew for the production will also be made up of youth in the Owensboro community.
TWO also welcomes students who are interested in helping behind the scenes as artists, painters or costume and prop makers to come to auditions.
Shrek Jr. will run at Theatre Workshop’s Empress Theatre from June 14 until June 23.