Palm Canyon Theatre is holding auditions for its 2021-2022 season!
Come join us on Saturday, June 26th, from 10:00am - 3:00pm.
Please bring a headshot, resume, and music (sheet music, smartphone etc.) for the audition. Singers should be prepared to perform an up-tempo song and a ballad. Monologues should be under 2 minutes.
We hope to see you there! 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Shows with Opening and Closing Dates
The Guys - Sept. 11-12
Sordid Lives - Sept. 23-Oct 3
Shrek - Oct. 22-Nov.7
This Side of Crazy - Nov. 18-21
TBD - Dec.3-19
Les Misérables - Jan. 21-Feb. 13
Palm Springs Getaway (New Musical) - Feb. 25-March 13
Cyrano de Bergerac - March 31-April 3
Monty Python's Spamalot - April 22-May 1
Into the Woods - May 13-22
Into the Woods, Youth Ensemble - May 26-29
Godspell - July 8-17
Please note that the ages listed just serve as a guide. All roles are available, and casting is open, and newcomers to are welcome and encouraged.
SHREK Cast Breakdown:
SHREK / 21+ (Male – High Baritone) – 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 / 21+(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 multi-talented, she is not an ordinary princess. Excellent singer and actor with great comic timing; tap dancing is a plus.
DONKEY / 18+ (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 the ogre’s good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimist with heart. Excellent singer and comic actor with a huge personality.
LORD FARQUAAD / 21+ (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 / 21+ (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 a fairytale creature..
PINOCCHIO / 16+ (Male or Female – 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.”
PAPA OGRE / 25+(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 as a fairytale creature.
MAMA OGRE / 25+(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 as a fairytale creature.
YOUNG SHREK / Age 8 – 13 (Any Vocal Part) – Plays Young Shrek in “Big, Bright, Beautiful World”. May double as Young Fiona, Baby Bear, or Grumpy Dwarf.
YOUNG FIONA / 8 – 13(Female – 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 as Young Shrek, Baby Bear, or Grumpy Dwarf.
TEEN FIONA / 14 – 20(Female – Soprano with Strong Belt / 14+) – Princess Fiona as a teenager. Sings a solo in “I Know It’s Today” with Young Fiona and Fiona. May double as a fairytale creature.
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY / GINGY / 16+ (Female) – 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. Comedic voice required.
3 LITTLE PIGS / 16+(Males, – 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.”
FAIRYTALE CREATURES / 16+(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, Fairy Godmother.
DANCERS / 14+Will dance in a number of scenes including Duloc Citizens, Dragon Skeletons, Dancing Rats, Blind Mice.
ENSEMBLE CHARACTER ROLES / 16+These include (but are not limited to) Townspeople, Thelonius the Executioner, Knights, Dragon Singers, Priest, Blind Mice, Magic Mirror, Grumpy Dwarf.
Javert Male, 40s-50s. A police inspector who strictly believes in law and order and will stop at nothing to hunt down and capture Valjean. Javert is incapable of compassion or pity, and performs his work with such passion that he takes on a nearly animal quality when he is on the chase.
Fantine Female, 20s-30s. beautiful young woman; abandoned by her lover, is left to fend for herself and her daughter Cosette. She is a noble and proud character, whose life becomes a series of terrible events that rob her of her pride, character, and ultimately her life.
Cosette Female, late teens-20s. beautiful, educated young woman. Fantine’s daughter who lives as Valjean’s adopted daughter after her mother dies. She finds fulfillment in her love for Marius. Cosette is innocent and docile, but her participation in Valjean’s many escapes from the law show that she also possesses intelligence and bravery.
Eponine Female, late teens–20s. beautiful, lost, tortured young woman. The Thénardiers’ eldest daughter, Eponine is a wretched creature who helps her parents steal, but she is eventually redeemed by her love for Marius. She proves that no one is beyond redemption, and she ultimately emerges as one of the novel’s most tragic and heroic figures.
Marius Male, 20s-30s. handsome romantic hero. Innocent, impulsive, awkward, and naïve, but matures after the barricade. A young man capable of great things.
Enjorlas Male, 20s-40s. Handsome, brave, daring, mature. Enjolras is the leader of the radical student revolution. He is both wild and beautiful. Dominating presence.
Thenardier Male, 30s-50s. A thief, grave robber, scoundrel, and innkeeper. A cruel, wretched, money-obsessed man who first appears as Cosette’s keeper and tormentor. Full of dark humor, Thénardier extorts money from whomever he can and he has strong ties to the criminal underworld in Paris.
Madame Thenardier Female, 20s-40s. M. Thénardier’s wife. , Mme. Thénardier is just as evil as her husband and takes special pleasure in abusing Cosette. In later years, she becomes her husband’s most devoted accomplice and is particularly enthusiastic about his schemes to rob Valjean and Cosette.
Bishop of Digne Male, 30s-50s. The bishop of Digne. M. Myriel is a much-admired clergyman whose great kindness, charity, and mercy are the catalyst to Valjean’s spiritual life transformation.
Gavroche Male, 9-13. Fierce, brave and loyal. A Paris street urchin,
Gavroche leaves home at an early age to fend for himself. He is a happy go-lucky child who enjoys the small pleasures of life and demonstrates unusual generosity toward those even less fortunate than he is.
Young Cosette Female, 7-12. FANTINE's daughter at the age of six who has been living with the Thenardier's since the age of two. Valjean adopts her after Fantine gives Cosette to him on her deathbed. Cosette has spent her childhood as an abused servant of the Thénardiers.
Young Eponine Female, 7-12. The THENARDIERs' daughter, the same age as Cosette, receives all of Thenardier's love and (unknowingly) all the benefits from the money sent for Cosette.
Supporting Roles: Foreman Male, 20s-40s. The Foreman of the factory where Fantine works. He fires Fontine after hearing rumor's from the other women that she has an illegitimate child and Fantine refuses to sleep with him.
Factory Girl Female, 20s-40s. The Shop Girl who fights with Fantine. She is mean, catty, and selfish. She also is most likely having an affair with the Foreman and jealous of Fantine.
Combeferre Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. The philosopher and believer in peace. He is gentle, humane, strong and brave.
Feuily Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. A worker, self-educated and an orphan. A believer in "nationality." Affectionate, warm and poetic. Courfeyrac Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. He is youthful, passionate and fearless.
Joly Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. A medical student. Eccentric and light-hearted, although sometimes morbid. His name is derived from the English word "Jolly."
Grantaire Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. He is the opposite of Enjolras. He believes in nothing. Most often, witty and druken. He also keeps a watchful eye on Gavroche, and is most heartbroken when Gavroche is killed.
Lesgles Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. Cheerful, laughing at life but unlucky. His close friend is Joly.
Jean Prouvaire Male, 20s-40s. A Student Revolutionary. A student of social studies. He is kind, softly spoken and at the right moments strong and masterful. He is also a poet.
Bamatbois Male, 20s-40s. Bamatabois is a "customer" who taunts Fantine into violence. He is a wealthy dissolute young man who thinks of himself as a gentleman. He is drunk and in a sadistic mood and chauvinistically feels it is his right to buy anything, even Fantine.
Ensemble: Males & Females, 20s-40s. Factory Workers, Thenardier’s Gang, Wedding Guests, The Poor, Army Officers, Whores, Pimps, Chain Gang, Workers, Constables, Sailors
Also, character doublings are only suggested here and may be changed based on audition results and production needs. In tribute to the film -- where six actors played the majority of all male parts (and a few female ones) -- several actors play multiple roles; the only major characters not doubling are King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake.
One actor plays Lancelot, the Knight of Ni, a Sentry, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter. Another actor plays Robin, a Sentry, a Guard, and Brother Maynard. A third plays Galahad, the Black Knight, and the King of Swamp Castle. A fourth plays Patsy, the Mayor of Finland, and a Guard. 5) A fifth plays Bedevere, Concord, and Mrs. Galahad. And a sixth plays the Historian, Not Dead Fred, Herbert, and Robin's Lead Minstrel.
KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 -- High F4], Late 30s-60s). The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 -- High B6], 20s-40s). A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Sings everything from opera to pop to scatting. Gets angry easily.
SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 -- High G4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called "Sir Robin the Brave," though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. A good mover.
SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 -- High E4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate discovers his "softer side." This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman; the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights; and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 -- High G5], 30s-40s). King Arthur's horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown; and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Very good mover. Tap skills a bonus.
SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 -- High Bb5], 30s). A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class "mud gatherer" who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son; and THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.
SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 -- High G4], 20s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman; and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse.
HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], 20s-30s). A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
EVERY "Ensemble" member plays at least SIX roles. The busiest principal player plays only FIVE roles.
MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.
INTO THE WOODS - Casting Requirements
FEMALE ROLES: uBaker’s Wife Mezzo: G3 – F5 Determined and bright. Romantic at heart, but materialistic at times. Plenty of good solos. Strong actor/singer. u
Witch Mezzo or Sop: F3 – F5 Outwardly: self-serving, possessive, sarcastic, vain, charismatic. Inwardly: insecure & lonely. Strong actor/singer. u
Cinderella Soprano: G3 – G5 Earnest, pretty, warm-hearted, kind, trying to find her place in the world. Survivor. Strong actor/singer. u
Little Red Riding Hood Bright belter: B3 – F5 Spoiled, clever, vain, sarcastic. Seeks approval in place of love, of which she is profoundly lacking. Fun character. Can be teen or young adult playing younger. v
Rapunzel Soprano: A3 – A#5 Loopy-but-lovely maiden, completely innocent of worldly matters. Needs strong vocal control in legit soprano range/style. v
Jack’s Mother Soprano: B3 – F#5 Single mother, a fighter, working hard and doing her best to make good life for her hapless son. Good mid-range needed. Mature female desired. v
Cinderella’s Stepmother Mezzo: A#3 – F5 Mean-spirited, greedy, demanding. Superb character part. v
Lucinda Mezzo: C4 – E5 Cinderella’s stepsister, lovely but black of heart. Loud, energetic. Good character role. vFlorinda Mezzo: C4 – E5 Cinderella’s stepsister, lovely but black of heart. Loud, energetic. Good character role. wCinderella’s Mother Soprano: G3 – Ab5 Nurturing, loving. The spirit of the departed mother, dispenses useful advice. Must have strong legit singing voice. (May double w/other minor role) w
Granny Open Red Riding Hood’s feisty, bitter, vindictive grandmother, good comic timing. No solo singing, only in ensemble. (May double w/other minor role) wSnow White Open Cameo role, no solo singing, only in ensemble. (May double w/other minor role) w
Sleeping Beauty Open Cameo role, no solo singing, only in ensemble. (May double w/other minor role) w
Giant Open Female: loud, angry, offstage voice only. No singing. Can be used in ensemble. (May double w/other minor role) MALE ROLES: u
Baker Baritone: A2 – G4 Average “every man”, warm hearted, determined but insecure, has never faced his fears. Loads of singing! Strong actor/singer. u
Jack Tenor: A2 – G4 The feckless giant killer. Eager to please, genuine/sincere, impulsive, a little slow of learning and misled by his lack of self-knowledge. High overall singing range, requires lovely lyric tenor quality. Can be teen or young adult playing childlike. v
Cinderella’s Prince Baritone: Bb2 – Gb4 Vain, gorgeous, self-dramatizing and endlessly confident. Womanizer: “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.” Very legit baritone quality. (Can be selected to double as the Wolf.) v
Rapunzel’s Prince Baritone: C#3 – Gb4 Younger brother of the above, and also of the same flawed character. Striving to beat his brother. Very legit baritone quality. v
Wolf Baritone: B2 – Gb4 Hungry, insatiable, seductive. Great comedic role…only two scenes but he could easily steal both! Must be strong singer/character actor. v
Mysterious Man Baritone: G3 – E4 Mischievous vagrant with a secret. Mostly an acting role, but with one big musical number. Best if he is older. (Can be selected to double as Narrator) v
Narrator Baritone: G3 – Eb4 Intellectual, pleasant. Good storyteller who relates directly to the audience. Mainly spoken role with some singing lines.
Steward Open Surly, bureaucratic, full of self-importance. No solo singing, only ensemble. Plenty of good lines.
Cinderella’s Father Open Ineffectual, out of touch with family, but harmless and well-meaning. No solo singing,
Jesus Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.
John The Baptist/Judas He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.
Jeffrey Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.
Lamar Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts" he must be a very good singer.
Herb The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
Robin A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song "Day by Day."
Joanne The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's going on.
Peggy The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an "earth mother" kind of warmth to her.
Sonia Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role.)
Glimer The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar