‘Shrek the Musical’ at Footlite Musicals, July 11-27
By Tim Alan Thompson
The community theatre production of SHREK, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film of the same name, runs July 11-27, 2014, at Footlite Musicals as part of the
2014/2015 Footlite Musicals Season. Tickets are currently on sale and are available in person at the Footlite Musicals Box Office at Hedback Theatre, 1847 N Alabama Street (day of show only) or at http://shrekindy.com/.
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) raids his sanctuary, saying the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad has evicted them. 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?
Based on the contemporary fairy-tale book and the animated film it inspired, Shrek the Musical uses an all-new score to expand on the movie’s original story. (You get to know Shrek as a kid, for instance.) There’s a lot for the eyes and ears to ogle over: spectacular sets, innovative scene changes, puppets of all sizes, plus a very large and energetic cast. Like the movie, there are pop-culture references galore and plenty of laughs, many which involve bodily noises. That might be a turn-off for some, but there’s also a good moral and traditional happy ending.
Kids will love everything about Shrek. The songs are catchy. The production delivers many cool sights and sounds. And with so many familiar-looking characters running around onstage, this is easily one of the most attention-grabbing productions. And obviously they’ll get some giggles from the potty humor. Put it this way: If you think the movie’s OK for your kids, this will be, too. But if you’re not ready to introduce them to PG-rated wisecracks, maybe you should hold off.
The cast includes:
- Ryan England as Shrek
- Lauren Russel as Fiona
- Antonio King as Donkey
- Jonathan Krouse as Lord Farquaad
- Conner Chamberlin as Pinocchio
- Shawnte Gaston as the Dragon
- Amy Roberds as Gingy.
The cast also features Lucas Sigler and Caleb Archer alternating the role of Young Shrek; Shaelyn Harloff and Addison Bartley alternating the role of Young Fiona; Samantha Shelton and Cynthia Kauffman alternating the role of Teen Fiona. Other featured actors include: Ben Fraley as Papa Ogre & the Bishop; AJ Jones as the King and Pied Piper; Annie Quigley as the Queen & Greeter; Drew Bryson as Peter Pan; Braden Hunt as Papa Bear; Presley Roy as Mama Bear; William Cisneros as Baby Bear; Kyra McGuirk as Fairy Godmother; Will Tople as the Big Bad Wolf; Rachel Krah as the Wicked Witch; Brad Dennis, Kyle Cherry and Christian Martek as the Three Little Pigs; Tara Roberds as Humpty Dumpty; James Banta as the Mad Hatter; Ambrea Spivey as Ugly Duckling; Emily Suifres as Tweedle Dee; Megan Melton as Tweedle Dum; and Amanda Kennedy as Elf. Ensemble members include: Payton Cole; Alex Vasquez; Ashleigh Bower; Dustin Bowers; Holly Freeland; Jennifer Lafara; Stephen Matters; Grant Russel; Megan Smith; Lexie Conner; Mary Clare Davis; Holly Freeland; Christina Thibodeau; and Nadia Lovko.
The production staff of SHREK at Footlite Musicals includes: Tim Alan Thompson & Amy Jo Douglas, producers; Kathleen Clarke Horrigan, director; Tara Roberds & Scott Fleshood, vocal directors; Trish Roberds, assistant director and choreographer; Stephen Hollenbeck, costume design; Schuyler Brinson, orchestra director; Zach Rosing, sound design & production photographer; Andy Stephens, lighting designer; Gary Nelson, stage manager; AJ Jones, set and makeup & prosthetic designer; Drew Bryson, hair design; Bella Murray, assistant to the director; and Nicola Liss, props/prompter.
Performances of SHREK at Footlite Musicals are as follows: Thursdays, 7:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm; and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are available online at http://shrekindy.com/ or at the Footlite Musicals Box Office (day of show only). Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $20. Thursday performances are $10. Children’s tickets (ages 12 and under) are just $10 for all performances.
For more information, visit http://footlite.org/, or call 317-926-6630.