Shrek The Musical

July 13

September 1, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
music by Jeanine Tesori
directed and choreographed
by Rachel Rockwell

Getting Into Character

When actors are cast to perform a character in a play, they do a lot of homework to begin creating their character. (This kind of homework can be really fun!)  First, they might read other books about that character—for example, the actor who plays the Wolf in Shrek The Musical might read the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  Then, they begin to try out different ways of walking and talking as their character.  They also might think about ways that they are like the character, so they can bring parts of their own personality to the role. 

Shrek is full of fairy tale characters taken from other well-known stories. Think of a fairy tale character you know, and imagine that you will be playing that part in a play.  Now it’s time to begin preparing for your performance! First, reread one book that includes the character you chose.  Write down or draw out all of the things you know about your character. Next, choose a line from your book that your character speaks, and try saying it—as your character! Does your voice change? Do you move differently?  Try a few different voices and movements before you decide which you like best!


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