Character Descriptions

Shrek, The Musical

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:30pm
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:30pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:00pm

Directed by Jan Isaacson
Choreographed by Jan Isaacson

Opens Friday, July 9, 2021

Plot Synopsis

Once upon a time, in a far-away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

All Roles Open

Role Description

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, he should be an excellent actor with comedic chops.


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. The performer should be able to do it all: act, sing and dance. This is a premiere role for an experienced performer with a lovable spirit.

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, a comedian who isn't afraid of making bold choices or looking silly.


A brash, loud, fast-talking animal with no concept of "quiet time." The performer should be able to sing well and have a whole lot of presence and character. The performer complements Shrek well as his loyal and ever-faithful sidekick.


A breakout role for a singerl with a lot of soul and spunk. She is a ferocious fire-breathing dragon but finds a surprising love in Donkey. The performer should have tremendous presence and a good pop singing voice.

Young Fiona / Teen Fiona

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

Mama Ogre / 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.

Young Shrek

He may not have lines but he is very important to the storytelling.


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. A performer with a lot of personality who can sing well.

3 Little Pigs

The classic three little pigs with a 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.

Three Bears

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

Wicked Witch

A great role for a 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.


A great 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

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.


The Dragon's background singers who all tried at some point to save Fiona from her tower but were held hostage by the Dragon.

Farquaad's Father

A dwarf - Farquaad's comparably short and grumpy father.


Villagers, prisoners, guards, Duloc dancers, 3 blind mice, pied pier, rat tappers, forest animals, etc.