Austin: Hello, I am Austin Kadle, and I am playing Lord Farquaad in Shrek: The Musical.
Another EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes video from
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Austin Kadle as Lord Farquaad
[clip of the first rehearsal with Lord Farquaad’s “Little Legs”]
Kay: That looked so good. First of all, my apologies that you’re the last puppet that I’ve gotten to, so to speak, in building.
Austin: That’s OK. I’m the 50¢ man, instead of the million dollar one, but that’s OK.
Kay: You’re a half-puppet, that’s what you are.
Austin: [proudly] I’m half-man, half-puppet!
Kay: He’s a halfling, but not in the typical way. Tell me about Lord Farquaad: what have you been discovering about playing our tiny despot?
Austin: I learned that Lord Farquaad, in the musical, is a lot different compared to the first movie. In Shrek: the Musical he’s this fruity little guy who seems to be overcompensating for his size… for his…
Kay: For everything.
Austin: For everything, yeah.
[clip from “The Ballad of Farquaad”]
Kay: What’s your favorite part of the show so far… it doesn’t have to be any moment that you’re in… what’s your favorite…
Kay: Or it could be everything you’re in.
Austin: I personally really love the Dragon’s song. It’s so great—you steal the show.
Austin: It’s the showstopper. I told my parents and my friends, “You’re gonna love the dragon, she’s gonna steal the show. And then I’m next.”
Kay: Yeah, you’re next.
Austin: “Don’t worry about anybody else. Just worry about us.”
Kay: And your little legs…
Austin: If I suck, just look at my legs.
[clip of Lord Farquaad interrogating the Gingerbread Man]
Kay: Well, we’re actually going to be sitting down with Gingy in a little while and asking him how he feels about Lord Farquaad.
Austin: Oh, God, that’s going to be fun.
Kay: What would you say to Gingy?
Austin: Gingy is filthy… and dirty…
Gingy: EAT ME, LORD FARQUAAD!!!
Austin: Oh, MY!
Kay: But he looks fabulous in his bow tie.
Austin: He does look fabulous in that bow tie. I want his bow tie.
Kay: Steal it! In the next scene, we see Farquaad has it around his little knee.
Austin: “Take him to the swamp… WAIT! I want his bow tie!”
Kay: What is your relationship with Thelonius like?
Austin: Thelonius. Oh, Thelonius. Yeah, he’s my special snowflake.
[clip of Farquaad addressing his henchman, Thelonius, then falling offscreen, getting back up and laughing maniacally]