Shrek The Musical will be presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild on August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, 2019 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Little Theatre.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventures featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Shrek The Musical premiered on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 2008 with Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek, Sutton Foster as Princess Fionna, Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Chester Gregory II as Donkey, John Tartaglia as Pinocchio and Kecia Lewis-Evans as the Dragon. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards.

Shrek The Musical is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek lives alone in the swamp. The world is fearful and mocking of him, and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself, in turn. Suddenly, his hermit existence is thrown open, when a group of homeless fairy tale characters – Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs, and more – burst upon his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad. Shrek seeks out Farquaad, who offers him a deal: if Shrek rescues the Princess Fiona (whom Farquaad wishes to marry for her crown), then Farquaad will ensure the return of Shrek’s swamp by returning the fairy tale creatures to their homes.

In a desperate attempt to regain his swamp’s hermetic piece, Shrek enters the world for the first time in his life. He travels to Princess Fiona’s prison, rescues her from a fire-breathing dragon, and then is forced to get to know the princess. The musical is sure to entertain and make audiences believe in happy endings.


Singing/Reading: Saturday, June 1 @ 10 a.m. OR Sunday, June 2 @ 7 p.m. - prepare vocal selection and bring sheet music for Guild accompanist; scripts will be provided for reading

Dancing: Tuesday, June 4 @ 7 p.m. - dress to dance; musical theater (including tap) combinations will be taught. Be prompt!

*All auditions held at the Guild Theatre*



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

Bobby Hodges, Jr.


John Patrick

Technical Director

Tom Pasinetti


Ages 15 to Adult - except for Young Fiona (9-11 years old)

Shrek - A grumpy hermit whose layers are revealed as he becomes a hero; age 25-45; vocal range A2-G#4

Fiona - Beautiful princess who becomes an ogre at night; quirky and blunt; age 20-30s; vocal range F3-G5; dances

Donkey - Chatterbox donkey and friend to Shrek; easily frightened; age 20-30s; vocal range C3-B4

Lord Farquaad - Comically short; ruthless leader of Duloc; self-absorbed and cruel; age 30-45; vocal range B2-D5

Dragon - Guardian of Fiona that falls for Donkey; flirtatious; age 25-35; vocal range F3-Eb5

Gingy - Gingerbread man; witty puppet operated by Sugar Plum Fairy; age 20-40; vocal range B3-C#5

Pinocchio - Leader of the fairytale characters; animated character whose nose grows; age 20-40; vocal range E3-F#4

Featured Roles - Young Fiona, Teenage Fiona, Captain of the Guard, Dragon's Knights, King Harold, Queen Lillian, Young Ogre, Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre

Ensemble - Singers and Dancers to play 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; Dragon's Knights