Camden Hills Regional High School will hold auditions for “Shrek the Musical” the first week of September. Of special note this year are opportunities for young performers to join the high school student cast.

“Shrek the Musical” tells the tale of the lonely and solitary ogre, Shrek. Lord Farquaad, King of Duloc, banishes all of the Fairytale Creatures to the Swamp, where Shrek is happily living.  The Creatures convince Shrek to journey to Duloc to have a word with the King. Along the way, Shrek meets the overly chatty Donkey who cuddles up to Shrek as he tries to hide from the King’s men. Lord Farquaad, a tiny coward who pretends to be bigger than he is, sends Shrek on a quest, telling him that he may have the deed to his Swamp as long as he brings Princess Fiona back from the Dragon’s lair.

And so the story unfolds, with Shrek and Donkey meeting interesting characters along their way and as with all quests, learning more about their inner selves along the route.  Patterned after the movie with new music and songs by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori, “Shrek the Musical” promises to be a fun show for the whole family. Show dates and times are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in October.

Young actors and actresses in fifth through eighth grades may want to audition for the roles of Young Shrek, Young Fiona and possibly some Fairytale Creatures. Auditions for young actors will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the school’s Strom Auditorium. Interested students should prepare a song to sing for the audition. If an interested student has a conflict with the audition time, he or she should, contact director Kim Murphy at kim_murphy@fivetowns.net. Audition information for Camden Hills High School students is available at the school or by visiting the musicstudy.wikispaces.com website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.