Shrek the Musical Auditions

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Auditions for “Shrek the Musical” will be held on May 18 & 19 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on the campus of Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Kentucky.

“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.

“Shrek the Musical” will require a cast of 30+ ranging in age from elementary on up to senior citizen. The bulk of the principle roles and ensemble calls for teenagers to 40 somethings but there are a few roles for the young and the not so young. Children need to be able to read and a parent will need to be present at rehearsals if the child is cast. Auditions will be held on stage at the Glema Center on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Callbacks are planned for Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. Those auditioning should have a prepared song, preferably not one from the show. The Glema Center will provide an accompanist, CD player, & MP3 player. An a capella selection will be allowed but is not the preferred choice. No prepared monologue is needed. Please dress comfortably for movement. Those interested in auditioning who would like more information or who have a conflict with audition dates should email

Artistic staff for this production includes Brad Downall (Director), Chris Tolliver (Music Director), Jana Clark (Choreographer), and Cory Mullins (Conductor). Performances are July 17-19, 2015 at the Glema Center with regularly scheduled rehearsals beginning June 1. Rehearsals will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, adding Wednesday and weekend rehearsals closer to production dates. Also, there will be openings for technical volunteers. Those interested in either performing or backstage/technical work are encouraged to attend auditions.

July 17 & 18, 2015 ∙ 7 p.m. ∙ July 19, 2015 ∙ 2 p.m. Tickets: $16 (Children 12 & under half-price) (general admission)

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.  In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess.  Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, 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.  Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori
Produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Sponsored by Don & Mary Susan Fishman with Additional support provided by The Enduring Legacy of Mrs. Glema Mahr

2015 Summer Arts Academy

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts 2015 Summer Arts Academy will begin June 1, 2015 for any student kindergarten through 12th grade.

FiddlerThe Senior Academy will feature Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. June 1-12 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. This special adaptation of the classic Broadway musical tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Weekday activities will include vocal practice, choreography, acting exercises, rehearsal and audition process and work with sets, props, costumes and makeup. The senior academy is for students in grades 6-12 and the tuition is $160.

HealthyThe Junior Academy will feature Make it Healthy June 15-19 from 9:00 am.-12 noon, and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids June 15-19 from 1:00 pm.-4:00 pm. Make it Healthy is a musical revue about making healthy choices each day. Join the “make it healthy” gang and learn how important and fun it is to make good choices. This Junior Academy is for students in grades K-2 and the tuition is $75. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids is an adaptation of the Disney classic. Robert and Anita live happily in London with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal their puppies for a new fur coat. This Junior Academy QS101DalmatiansKidsis for students in grades 3-5 and the tuition is $75. Weekday activities for both junior academies will include vocal practice, choreography, rehearsal, art activities and snack time.

Summer Arts Academy applications may be picked up at the Glema Mahr Center, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, Ky 42431 or by calling the Glema Center (270) 824-8650. Applications and academy fees are due by May 26, 2015.

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431

Christina Wilson, Public Relations/Ticketing Coordinator
2000 College Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431
Office: (270) 824-8652

SAA Staff
Director: Sarah Schneider
Music Director: Chris Tolliver
Choreographer: Anna Beth Riggs

Click here for details on the Academies and an application form or click on the Education Link at the top of the website and select Summer Arts Academies.

2015 Juried Photography and Art Exhibit June 28 – August 21, 2015

This year’s Juried Photography and Art exhibit will run from June 28 – August 21, 2015 in the Anne P. Baker Gallery here at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, Ky. The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2 p.m.


• Monday & Tuesday, June 22 and June 23, 2015: Artists may submit artwork between 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Late entries will not be accepted.

• Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Exhibit opens

• Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Reception & Awards
Ceremony: 2-3:30 p.m.

• Monday, June 29 to Friday, August 21, 2015: Exhibit open for viewing during Gallery hours

• Monday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Artwork must be picked up between the hours of
9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Eligibility: This competition is open to any artist in the region.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the prospectus and rules.

The Jurors

Todd’s work is generally influenced and informed by ordinary life and its ups and downs. He is attracted to the simple ebb and flow of daily life, whether it be curious, carefree or even boring. Todd looks for the unusual and in-between moments in the everyday and attempts to capture simple moments, or “gifts”, as Eliot Erwitt calls them. He endeavors to create images that are natural and mysterious, old and new, shared and unique. However, Todd’s recent work and research involves the glitch aesthetic and focuses on the process by which a glitch comes to exist, attempting to understand both philosophically and aesthetically how it presents in interactions with technology.

Todd earned his MFA in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is currently teaching photography for the Paducah School of Art & Design, a division of West Kentucky Community & Technical College, located in Paducah, KY.

Randy’s work is mostly auto-biographical with much inspiration coming from his two teen age boys. He works with social/political themes, relationship themes, as well as being inspired by his own childhood. Randy’s latest series of drawings have a sense of storytelling quirkiness to them that hold as much mystery and devoid of explanation.

Randy earned his BFA in Painting in 1988 from Murray State University, an MA in Drawing also from Murray in 1991 and his MFA in Drawing from University of Cincinnati in 1995. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Art teaching drawing classes at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

Randy’s art is exhibited nationally and he conducts gallery talks concerning his work and portfolio development for artists. He is a recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Grants, 2005 and 2007. Randy also teaches art study abroad courses, photography and drawing for the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, having been to Costa Rica, Panama and Italy twice .


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