SHREK The Musical
The Academy of Children's Theatre presented the Broadway smash hit, SHREK the Musical! This hilarious show is a Tony award winning fairy tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek The Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?
The show features a score by Tony award winning composer Jeanine Tesori and featured a cast of 60 local performers including Ron Walsworth, Cordara Newson, John Bogan, Olivia Zeagler, Cassidy Ewert, and Trevor VanEaton. The production was directed by Cynthia Hawkins Whitaker with choreography by Elizabeth Mendell Carmody and musical direction by Daniel Ley. Photos by Stephanie Davis.