Shrek TYV Character Breakdown

 

Shrek TYV

Character Breakdown

SHREK (Male – High Baritone / Tenor) – Our story’s title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone in 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. Excellent singer and actor.

 

PRINCESS FIONA (Female – Soprano / High Belter) – 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. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing.

 

DONKEY (Male or Female– High Baritone / Tenor or Alto with High Belt) – 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 optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.

 

LORD FARQUAAD (Male – High Baritone) – The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princess to marry so that 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. Excellent singer and comic actor. Actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the whole show.

 

DRAGON / SUGAR PLUM FAIRY (Female – Alto with Big Belt) – 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. She sings “Forever” with her Knight back-up singers. May double as the Sugar Plum Fairy, who has featured lines and solos in “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag,” as well as Gingy.

 

GINGY (Male or Female, Any Age – Any Vocal Part) – A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. This character is portrayed with a puppet, which may be voiced and operated by actor appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.

 

PINOCCHIO (Male or Female, Teen  – Tenor with falsetto or Soprano / Alto) – The leader of the fairytale creatures. Although portrayed by a live actor, Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying, he leads the troupe of Fairytale Creatures in the musical numbers “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” May double.

 

PAPA OGRE (Male – High Baritone) – Shrek’s father. Sings a beautiful duet with Mama Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

 

MAMA OGRE (Female- Alto) – Shrek’s mother. Sings a beautiful duet with Papa Ogre to young Shrek in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

 

KING HAROLD (Male – Baritone) – Fiona’s father and King of Far-Far-Away. Sings a beautiful duet with Queen Lillian to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

 

QUEEN LILLIAN (Female – Alto or Soprano) – Fiona’s mother and Queen of Far-Far-Away. Sings a beautiful duet with King Harold to young Fiona in the opening number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

 

YOUNG FIONA (Female, Age 8-12 – Soprano with Strong Belt) – Princess Fiona as a little girl. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Teen Fiona and Fiona. May double.

 

TEEN FIONA / FAIRY GODMOTHER (Female, Teen – Soprano with Strong Belt) – Princess Fiona as a teenager. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona. May double as Fairy Godmother, who has featured lines and solos in “Freak Flag,” “Story of My Life” and “This is Our Story”.

 

YOUNG SHREK / GRUMPY THE DWARF (Male, Age 8-12 – Any Vocal Part) – Plays Young Shrek in “Big, Bright, Beautiful World” and then returns in Act 2 to play Lord Farquaad’s father, Grumpy the Dwarf (with several speaking lines). Also plays Grumpy the Dwarf in “Freak Flag.”

 

FEATURED FAIRYTALE CREATURES (All have featured roles, whether with lines, solos, dances, or action) – Wicked Witch, Humpty Dumpty, Big Bad Wolf, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Ugly Duckling, Peter Pan, Shoemaker’s Elf, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter. May double.

 

3 LITTLE PIGS (Females or Males, Teens  – Tenors or Baritones with ability to sing tight harmony and German Accent) – Fairytale creatures with solo / trio work in “Story of My Life,” “Freak Flag” and “This is Our Story.” May double.

 

 

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Age ranges listed are character approximate and may not relate to the actual age of the performer.