In fact, the producers are inviting "anyone, no matter how Far Far Away" to audition for the two roles. A press release describes Shrek in this manner: "20s-30s. An ogre. His imposing physical appearance disguises a warm heart. A lonely outsider with soul, strength, and wit. Values his peaceful solitary life in the swamp. Seeking actors with a powerful presence and strength with true Rock or R&B voices. Preferably a baritone." Donkey is described as such: "20s-30s. A performer with a contemporary, urban edge and great humor. Joins Shrek on his journey to capture Princess Fiona. Seeking unique performers especially from slam poetry, comedy, Hip Hop worlds or clever actors with great comic skill."
Those interested in auditioning should video themselves singing one song live and copy it to a DVD. Also include a photograph or headshot and contact information (address, phone and e-mail). The DVD, photo and contact information should be mailed to DreamWorks Animation, I Want to Be Shrek, PO Box 2693, New York, NY 10108. Materials must be received by May 18.
Avenue Q's Jason Moore will direct the July 23-Aug. 3 reading of Shrek, which features music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by recent Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay Abaire.
As previously announced, Tony Award winner Tim Hatley (Private Lives, Spamalot) will handle sets and costumes while Tony-nominated Hugh Vanstone (Spamalot, Bombay Dreams) will cover lighting for the eventual full production of the musical.
Based on a William Steig children's book, the green ogre-with-a-heart character has been featured in "Shrek" and "Shrek 2"; the third chapter, "Shrek the Third," is scheduled to be released in theatres May 18.