YOU could call it the monster opportunity to join the biggest musical of the year!
Shrek: The Musical is the stage sensation adapted from the smash hit Hollywood movie animated comedy favourite, a crazy re-boot of some familiar fairy tales with a cool contemporary twist.
Following hugely popular runs on Broadway, in the West End and on tour, the show will now get its South Yorkshire amateur premier in a lavish new production from STOS Theatre Company.
Opening at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre on November 12 2019, Shrek promises to be the acclaimed theatre company’s most spectacular production to date.
And director Mark Feakins is looking for as many new faces as possible to join the cast of the show which, with a budget of more than £100,000, will be the most ambitious community theatre event of the year.
“The audition process begins in January and we want to throw it open to anybody who has ever wanted to join a show of this scale on the famous Lyceum stage,” said Mark.
“For anybody who has ever sung in their local choir, pub or club or acted in a small theatre group, this is the chance to make an impression on a much bigger stage.
“There are a massive amount of people in Sheffield who are doing all sorts of great things and we want them to come along and join us in a brilliant West End show.”
One of the biggest of the current crop of musical hits, Shrek needs a company of up to 40, with parts ranging from the famous leads – big green ogre Shrek and his fairytale Princess Fiona – to a host of smaller character parts and places in the ensemble.
“Theatre is an amazing hobby and an incredible social experience,” Mark explained.
“We have a six month rehearsal period, meeting twice a week on Wednesday and Friday with some Sundays in the final two months as opening night approaches.
“And the only stipulation for joining STOS is that you have to be over 16 at the time of the performance.”
As part of the process, STOS is hosting a series of workshop at Sheffield’s Parkwood Academy, starting on Friday January 11 at 7.30pm, with four further sessions on January 14, 18 and 31 and then finally on February 1.
Once the show has been successfully cast, full rehearsals – again at Parkwood Academy – do not begin until June.
“STOS is an incredibly friendly society and you get the opportunity to work with a professional director, choreographer and Musical Director as well as a full professional orchestra,” said Mark.
“This is both a wonderful show and a wonderful opportunity so make a New Year resolution to come and join us.”
For full information simply visit the STOS website at stos.org.uk or or go to the STOS Theatre Company Facebook page.