The Best Audition Songs for Shrek – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Shrek? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Shrek, broken down by character.

Since Shrek is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of character/comedic song choices included below in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Shrek Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the Shrek cast album➝ while reading the synopsis. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Donkey

Friend Like Me” – Aladdin

Here I Come” – 13

My Problem Right There” – Hands on a Hardbody

Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” – Waitress


Dragon

Brand New You” – 13

I Didn’t Plan It” – Waitress

I’m Outta Here” – Ghost

What You Got” – Freaky Friday


Lord Farquaad

It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Bottom Line” – Newsies

The Military” – Seussical

Wonderful” – Wicked


Pinocchio

Abigail” – Dear Edwina

Human Stuff” – The Little Mermaid

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical

Positoovity” – The Little Mermaid


Princess Fiona

Beyond My Wildest Dreams” – The Little Mermaid

For the First Time in Forever” – Frozen

True Love’s Kiss” – Enchanted  [film/non-musical theatre]

Watch What Happens” – Newsies


Shrek

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

Fight the Dragons” – Big Fish

How It Ends” – Big Fish

Man” – The Full Monty


Young/Teenage Fiona

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” – Frozen

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

Periwinkle” – Dear Edwina

When I Grow Up” – Matilda


Ensemble (Altos)

Diva’s Lament” – Spamalot

Sing Your Own Song” – Dear Edwina

The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom


Ensemble (Baritones)

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

Just Like Him” – Elf

The Pants Song” – Be More Chill


Ensemble (Basses)

Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family

Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein

Reindeers are Better Than People” – Frozen


Ensemble (Contras)

I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid

Shine” – Billy Elliot

Sister Act” – Sister Act


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Home” – Beetlejuice

Pulled” – The Addams Family

The Lamest Place in the World” – 13


Ensemble (Sopranos)

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II

Saturday Alone” – Calvin Berger

The World Above” – The Little Mermaid


Ensemble (Tenors)

Different” – Honk!

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family

You Run Away” – Barenaked Ladies [pop/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

In the Big Blue World” – Finding Nemo: The Musical

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Now I See” – Junie B. Jones


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Shrek:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “Just Right” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Living Large” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Pail of Water” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Parade” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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Shrek Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Shrek, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

“Big Bright Beautiful World” – Shrek, Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre

“Story Of My Life” – Pinocchio, Ensemble

Don’t Let Me Go” – Donkey

I Know It’s Today” – Young Fiona, Teenage Fiona, Fiona

What’s Up, Duloc?” – Lord Farquaad, Ensemble

“Travel Song” – Donkey, Shrek

“Donkey Pot Pie” – Dragon, Donkey

“This Is How A Dream Comes True” – Fiona, Shrek

Who I’d Be” – Shrek, Fiona, Donkey


Act 2:

Morning Person” – Fiona

“I Think I Got You Beat” – Fiona, Shrek

The Ballad Of Farquaad” – Lord Farquaad

“Make A Move” – Donkey, Ensemble

When Words Fail” – Shrek

“Morning Person (Reprise)” – Fiona, Shrek

Build A Wall” – Shrek

“Freak Flag” – Gingy, Pinocchio, Ensemble

“Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise)” – Shrek

“Beautiful Ain’t Always Pretty” – Shrek

“This is Our Story” – Fiona, Shrek, Donkey, Gingy, Pinocchio, Ensemble

“I’m a Believer” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Shrek did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Shrek.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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