Upcoming Auditions

shrek auditions

Saturday, May 14th; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Director: Jimmy Kalista
Music Director: Jill Dillingham
Choreographer: Meredith Burkhart
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

PERFORMANCE DATES (January/February 2017):
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM:
– January 19, 20, 21, 27, 28; February 3, 4
Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM:
– January 22, 29; February 5

June – September 2016 once/week
October 2016 – February 2017 3x/week
Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM
Weekends (as needed): Saturday 10-12:00 AM; Sunday at 6:30 PM
**No schedule conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening**

Audition Requirements:

This is an “Open Call” audition, no appointment necessary. If May 14th is a conflict date, contact AMP at (904)277-3455 or info@ameliamusicalplayhouse.com for an alternate audition date/time.
1. Prepare 1 minute of a musical theatre song for your audition in your vocal range. PLEASE DO NOT SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. No a cappella auditions.
2. An accompanist will be provided: Bring sheet music in your key to the Music Director (one week prior to the May 14th audition) or use a CD/device with accompaniment (instrumentation only).
3. Please wear comfortable attire. Auditioners will be required to learn a short dance/movement combination.
4. There will also be cold readings from the script.
5. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. with the proposed schedule (these must be discussed with the Musical Director and agreed upon by the Director before casting can be confirmed).

Character Breakdown

SHREK (Male, Adult – High Baritone / Tenor) – Title character Stong singer and actor.

PRINCESS FIONA (Female, Adult – Soprano / High Belter) – Quirky; blunt and multitalented (she’s not an ordinary princess). Strong singer and actor with great comic timing.

DONKEY (Male or Female, Adult – High Baritone / Tenor or Alto with High Belt) – A talking donkey with a huge personality. Strong singer and comic actor.

LORD FARQUAAD (Male, Adult – High Baritone) – The comically short, ruthless ruler. Strong singer and comic actor. Actor must be able to play this role on his knees for the whole show.

DRAGON / SUGAR PLUM FAIRY / GINGY (Female, Adult – Alto with Big Belt) – A dragon. 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 (puppeteer and voice).

PINOCCHIO (Male or Female, Teen or Adult – Tenor with falsetto or Soprano / Alto) – Portrayed by a live actor, Pinocchio is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass. Musical numbers “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.” May double.

PAPA OGRE (Male, Adult – High Baritone) – Shrek’s father. Duet number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

MAMA OGRE (Female, Adult – Alto) – Shrek’s mother. Duet number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

KING HAROLD (Male, Adult – Baritone) – Fiona’s father. Duet number “Big, Bright, Beautiful World.” May double.

QUEEN LILLIAN (Female, Adult – Alto or Soprano) – Fiona’s mother. Duet 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 in “Freak Flag.”

FEATURED FAIRYTALE CREATURES (Age 8+; 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 (Males, Teens or Adults – 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.

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Wish List

thank_you_musicWe’re always looking for volunteers, building materials and other items for our numerous productions. We couldn’t do what we do without all of the generous donations of time and materials from our community.

Take a look and see if there are any ways in which you can help make theatre magic.  If so, please contact Jill Dillingham at (904) 277-3455 or info@ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.


Volunteer Needs

  • Costume construction
  • Set construction
  • Musicians for rehearsals and performances
  • Front of the house: ushers, bar attendants, box office
  • Backstage: props runners, stage managers
  • Publicity: graphic design, social media, Web site management
  • Supplies Needed (used, gently-used or new)

  • yoga mats
  • knee pads
  • top hats
  • men’s evening wear – white tie & tails, morning coats
  • women’s hats
  • long dress gloves/opera gloves
  • lace things
  • large feathers
  • fabric, any kind or color
  • costumes (especially vintage clothing)
  • leftover paint, any kind, any color
  • used furniture with potential as set pieces
  • sheets
  • curtains
  • tablecloths
  • plywood
  • luan
  • 2 X 4s
  • decks of playing cards
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    My Fair Lady Cast Announcement

    Edwardian womanCongratulations to the cast of MY FAIR LADY

    Eliza Doolittle – Jessica Mainor
    Professor Henry Higgins – Don Maley
    Colonel Pickering – Don Bingham
    Alfred P. Doolittle – Bill Raser
    Mrs. Pearce – Kara Brooker
    Mrs. Higgins – Karen Hourigan
    Mrs. Eynsford-Hill – Haley Vonnoh
    Freddy Eynsford-Hill -David Rivera


    Addie Bishop
    Amanda Rose Powell
    Brooke Little
    Emily Ford
    Grace Lipman
    Jane Sandhaus-Packer
    Jeff Groden-Thomas
    Jeff Packer
    Jimmy Kalista
    Richard Williams
    Sam Forbes
    Sarah Perkins
    Shelby Wilkinson
    Zach Williams

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    Classes and Workshops

    comedy drama masks by Shannon HodgsonAwesome Auditioning & Masterful Monologues – An Acting Class for Adults taught by Sinda Nichols

    April 4 – May 23, Mondays, 12 noon – 2 pm.  Actor’s Showcase, May 30, 7 pm

    This fun and rewarding class will explore skills needed for auditioning. Students will learn how to prepare and deliver a dynamic monologue and how to enjoy doing cold readings. Additionally the class will explore acting challenges and topics of the student’s choosing.  The class is for adults,18 and over and will be capped at 12 students. This class is designed for actors with some prior experience. However, all levels are welcome.

    Please register in advance as previous classes have filled up. $80 for 8 weeks.

    To enroll and for more information contact Sinda at nichols.sinda@gmail.com.


    Sinda Nichols is an actor/director/coach. She tours the one woman shows, BELLE OF AMHERST and THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, directs staged readings for Live Ink Theatre, and is currently acting in the upcoming show at the 5 & Dime Theatre in Jacksonville.  Sinda studies frequently at Atlantic Theatre school in NYC and loves to share what she learns there with local actors. She enjoys teaching acting to students of all levels and helping people develop their own personal creative process for all artistic pursuits.


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    CAMELOT Cast Announcement

    camelotOur directors were thrilled with the number of people who auditioned for this show. There is so much talent in our little community.

    Presenting our cast of CAMELOT:

    Guenevere – Haley Vonnoh
    King Arthur- Jeff Groden-Thomas
    Lancelot – Jesse Flach
    Morgan Le Fey – Susan Joline
    Nimue – Lisa Flick
    Mordred – Zach Williams
    Merlyn – Bob Williams

    Pellinore – Geoffrey King
    Tom of Warwick – Jonathon Maurer
    Sir Dinadan- Tim Ross
    Sir Lionel- Chad Miller
    Sir Sagramore – Thom Mason
    Squire Dap – Sebastian Gagliardi
    Lady Anne – Kara Brooker
    Lady Sybil – Colleen Perry

    Ensemble – Adeline Bishop, Caryl Ferry, Karen Hourigan, Amber Kramer, Ryan Maurer, Tony McAdoo, Sara Perkins, Jamie Wilkinson, Shelby Wilkinson

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    Chicago Cast Announcement

    chicago musicalA huge thank you to everyone who turned out for the Chicago open auditions and to those who could not make it on the 5th and had early auditions. What wonderful talent we have here in our community. Alas, there are just not enough roles for everyone but your hard work is acknowledged and very much appreciated! Thank you. Whether you were cast in Chicago or not, please consider auditioning for other upcoming shows at AMP like Camelot, (auditions this weekend), A Night At The Opera, Spamalot, My Fair Lady and more!
    See you at the theatre.
    – Carey Dresser

    Velma Kelly – Kailin Friedrich
    Roxie Hart – Alexandra Carroll
    Billy Flynn – Jeff Groden-Thomas
    Matron “Mama” Morton – Jill Dillingham
    Amos Hart – Bill Mayo
    Mary Sunshine – Zach Williams

    Liz – Ginger Lindberg
    Annie – Susie Dodge
    June – Christie Miklas
    Hunyak – Sarah Sandall
    Mona – Jennifer McCarthy
    Go-To-Hell Kitty – Jamie Wilkinson

    Fred Casely – Chase Lanier
    Sergeant Fogarty – Mark Cameron
    Martin Harrison – Chris Thiele
    Harry/Juror – Patrick Johnson
    Aaron – Dillon Basse
    Judge – Colin Hetchka
    Court Clerk – Carlos Chaves Tafur

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