Curtains Up Pagosa to hold auditions for ‘Shrek’ in April

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

If you have ever attended a Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) production, you were no doubt amazed at how professional-looking the community theater can be.

CUP offers the opportunity for amateur actors to step on stage and work with professional directors and a live pit orchestra to produce fabulous shows recently shown on Broadway. This year’s production of “Shrek The Musical” will be no exception. Auditions are scheduled for Friday, April 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the high school music room.

You don’t have to be a pro or even have experience as an actor to audition for a CUP production. However, you should have some skills as a singer, be able to move and dance with relative ease and not be afraid to play “make believe” as you create your stage character. CUP’s directors, Dale Johnson (stage and production) and Sally Neel (music), will guide you through the rest. And be prepared to have a lot of fun as you meet new people and create fabulous entertainment for our Pagosa community.

Lead roles include Shrek, a large green ogre with an Irish brogue; Princess Fiona, who ages from youth to adult (three people of different ages); Lord Farquaad, can be adult or older youth whose character is made to appear extremely short by putting him on his knees throughout play (knee pads provided); Donkey, an extremely funny character with an attitude; Gingerbread Man (or Girl), storybook character; Pinocchio (male or female), storybook character.

Other roles include a menagerie of storybook characters (nonspeaking or one-line roles), Mama and Papa Ogre, speaking roles can be doubled to play other roles as well; castle guards, one or two speaking roles with a company of nonspeaking roles.

There is plenty of singing and dancing in this fun-filled production. Those planning to audition should prepare a song, preferably sung by memory, though music may be used if needed. Bring a copy of the music for the accompanist who will be provided by CUP. Candidates will also learn a short dance break that will be taught when you arrive. A short reading from the script will also be a part of the audition.

“Shrek The Musical,” based on the movie, is pure comedy from start to finish. A large green ogre, an outcast of society finds his secret domain invaded by a large host of fairy-tale characters who have been evicted from the Kingdom of Duloc by the evil King Farquaad. The king threatens to kill them should they ever return because they are “freaks.” Shrek, in order to regain his privacy and get them off his property, agrees to defend them against the king.

With music that reflects the charm and delight of our favorite childhood fairy tales, “Shrek The Musical” carries an important message as well. All the characters are considered outcasts who must find their way to self-acceptance.

The show will run June 25, 26 and 27; July 2, 3 and 5 (Sunday matinee).

So, don’t be shy. Put on your dancing shoes, warm up your vocal cords and come and audition to be a part of the CUP community of actors.

“We promise to make auditions fun and painless,” said director Dale Johnson. “We hope to see a lot of new faces. Casting is open to ages 6 to seniors. Come show us what you can do.”

This story was posted on March 30, 2015.