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‘Shrek the Musical’ at Footlite Musicals, July 11-27

Shrek the Musical at Footlite Musicals

‘Shrek the Musical’ at Footlite Musicals.
Image provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Tim Alan Thompson
Footlite Musicals

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.

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