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Shrek Rescheduled Auditions (Web & Social Media) (Facebook Post)Star Bright Players Auditions
Shrek the Musical
Sunday, September 25, 2022
1:00-4:30 pm 
Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin
Ages 10-18

The Star Bright Players Fall 2022 production will be Shrek the Musical!  Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek. 

*IMPORTANT* Pre-audition Information: 
•    Script Sides –
Please familiarize yourself with the script sides shared here. They do not have to be memorized, but you should think about how you would want to perform each of the roles/scenes. You may be asked to read for any of the roles in these sides.
o    Donkey and Shrek
o    Farquaad and Gingy
o    Farquaad and Shrek
o    Fiona and Shrek
o    Fairy Tale Creatures

Vocal – Actors should select a song from Shrek the Musical to sing acapella or with track accompaniment. This doesn't need to be the whole song, but a section of at least 16 bars with a good verse that shows off your vocal ability. 

•    Choreography – In addition to performing a script side and singing a song, those auditioning will be taught the following choreography from “Freak Flag” and perform it for the audition team with a small group. Please come dressed in clothes and shoes that will make this possible. Get a jumpstart on learning it by clicking on links below.  
o    Freak Flag Choreo from front
o    Freak Flag Choreo from back
•    Actor Audition Information Form* – If you are auditioning for the CAST, you can fill out the form online prior to auditions HERE. (We will have some paper forms at auditions if you don’t get a chance to do this prior to auditions.)

•    Audition Time Slots Sign-up* –
We are trying something new with this production! In an effort to make the most of your time, we are asking that actors sign up for a time to audition. We will try our best to adhere to this schedule as closely as possible. We will also allow walk-ins to audition on a first come, first served basis. At the end of completing the actor audition form, you will have the opportunity to click on the sign-up genius to schedule your audition. 

•    Crew Information Form* – If you are in middle or high school and interested in being in the CREW, please complete the Crew Information Form HERE by Sunday, September 25. 

*NOTE: Even if you previously signed up for an audition slot and/or completed a cast or crew info form, we need for you to do that again due to the revised schedule for this production. 

Actor Video Auditions –
While we prefer for actors to come in person to auditions if possible, we do understand that there are conflicts and will accept video auditions. If submitting a video audition, please be certain to film in landscape mode in a well-lit area with as little ambient noise as possible and on a neutral background. Please be certain that your FULL name and name of the show all appear in the video title. (Example: Jane Smith – vocal – Star Bright Shrek or Jane Smith – script sides – Star Bright Shrek.) You should submit 3 separate videos as follows to and
1.    Script Sides – Select ONE of the script sides from above and read one of the parts. Have a friend or family member read the other part(s) in the script side with you. 
2.    Vocal – Follow instructions above.
3.    Choreography – Please perform portion of "Freak Flag" choreography as indicated above and can be seen on links to videos from front and back sides. 
In addition, please complete the Actor Audition Information form HERE

for some of those auditioning will be Wednesday evening, September 28 at the Enrichment Center at 5pm. If you do not get a call back, it does not mean that you will not be cast. The cast list will be posted by Friday, September 30, at 4:30pm online (link will be on this page).  

The Cast activity fee is $150. Once the cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. The fee (or first portion of the fee if making a payment plan) must be paid by November 4 or your child will not be allowed to participate in this play. The Crew Activity fee is $35.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm starting October 19 with the mandatory cast/crew/parent meeting. All rehearsals will be at the Academy Park Campus (combination of rooms at library, Enrichment Center, and Performing Arts Center). There will not be any rehearsals Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-23) and Holiday Break (Dec 20-21, Dec 27-28). Crew members are expected at rehearsals starting December 6.
There is a MANDATORY cast/crew/parent meeting on Wednesday, October 19, at 5:30pm in the Banquet Hall of the Williamson County Enrichment Center.

Five Performances will be January 26-29 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (112 Everbright Ave in Franklin). 

Meet the Shrek the Musical Production Team!

Blandina Vergara-Cruz photo (2)Director, Blandina Vergara-Cruz
Originally from Las Vegas, Blandina has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has worked with various theater companies across Williamson County, including Pull-Tight Players where she served as Board Member, Advisor of the Teen Youth Actors Guild and director for several musicals. She was also the director of Kids on Stage Summer Academy, a visual, performance and technical summer academy held in Leipers Fork for over 27 years. Vergara-Cruz has also directed shows for Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s Rising Stars Children’s Theatre Group and Expression City Studios. When she’s not teaching, directing, and running her businesses, she is involved in many community projects, such as being a committee member of the Tennessee Kids Arts Festival and the Executive Director of the Ray of Light Foundation in honor of her son Raymond M. Cruz.

Cassie Stone photo (3)Music Director, Cassie Stone
Cassie is originally from Spring Hill, TN. She attended Summit High School where was active in her high school choir and musicals, and even led her own A Cappella group. After graduating from high school, she attended Belmont University where she graduated with a degree in Commercial Music in 2021. Cassie currently works at Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy as a teacher of the advanced high school A Cappella group. She has also been Franklin High School’s Music Director for Footloose. She is so happy to be a part of this adventure of Shrek and can’t wait to get started! 

Claire Hamblen photo (3)Choreographer, Claire Hamblen
Claire Hamblen grew up doing community theatre in the Franklin area from age 9 to 17. She is thrilled to work alongside and get to know so many talented kids and put on another fun show. Claire grew up dancing in musicals, competing in a dance company, and participating on her school dance team. Currently, she is teaching First Grade and getting her Masters of Education at Vanderbilt University.

Eva Muterspaugh photo (3)Assistant Choreographer, Eva Muterspaugh 
Eva has been a dancer for 14 years. She found her love for dance through ballet, and then went on to learn and love modern, contemporary, jazz, and pointe work. A junior at Centennial High School, Eva has been very involved with theatre for almost 6 years (including several Star Bright Players productions) and started choreographing a little over a year ago. She’s very excited to take on Shrek the Musical this fall and winter and she hopes to see you there!

Leah Worden photo (3)Stage Manager, Leah Worden 
Leah started doing Crew with the Star Bright Players in the 5th grade and has crewed for Star Bright, Rising Stars, Expression City, Franklin Light Opera and Summit High School. After assistant stage managing several productions last school year, she stage managed the Rising Stars production of “Beauty and the Beast JR” this past summer and Franklin Light Opera’s “Best of Gilbert and Sullivan” earlier this fall. Leah, a junior at Summit High School, loves the craft of stage management and looks forward to stage managing Shrek the Musical with the Star Bright Players (her 10th Star Bright production).

Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

For further information contact Alison Worden at or 615-786-0186 ext. 2513. 

Mary Poppins JR Auditions  (Instagram Post (Square))Rising Stars Auditions
Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
12:30-4:00 pm 
Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin
Ages 1st – 8th Graders

The Rising Stars winter production for 2023 will be Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR, based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." 

*IMPORTANT* Pre-audition Information:
Please check back after November 1 for important information helpful for auditioning and online audition form. 

for some of those auditioning will be Sunday, January 8 at 1pm. If you do not get a call back, it does not mean that you will not be cast. The cast list will be posted on this page by Friday, January 13.  

The Cast activity fee is $150.
Once the cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. The fee (or first portion of the fee if making a payment plan) must be paid by February 10 or your child will not be allowed to participate in this play. 

will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, February 1 with a mandatory cast/crew/parent meeting at the Williamson County Enrichment Center Banquet Hall at the Academy Park Campus. Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals will take place on the Academy Park campus (combination of Enrichment Center rooms and Library meeting room). There will also be 4 Saturday rehearsals from 12:30-3:30 pm on February 4, February 11, February 25 and March 4, 2023, at the Franklin Rec Center.  The last week of rehearsals (starting March 20) will be every night and will be at the College Grove Artsitorium.

Four Performances
will be March 24-26 at the College Grove Artsitorium in College Grove, TN. Performances will be 7pm on Friday, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon performance will be a sensory/family-friendly performance with quieter sound, lights left on in theatre, and a laid-back feel of comfort for those attending to move around if needed. 

Blandina Vergara-Cruz is the director. 

Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY. 

For further information contact Alison Worden at or 615-786-0186 ext. 2513. 

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