By Erika Sasseville
My sister and I have watched the movie Shrek probably 50 times over the last 15 or so years…. if I’m being conservative. So needless to say, we were more than excited to see the musical version on stage for the first time. I’m ecstatic to say that we were not disappointed in the least!
Anyone who has ever seen the 2001 Dreamworks animated movie Shrek will find themselves right at home at the Stages Theatre Company production of Shrek the Musical. Kids (and parents) of all ages will laugh along as Shrek (Andrew Moy) and his wise-cracking, song-singing, parfait-loving sidekick Donkey (Kimora Collins) rescue the Princess Fiona (Marin Wilts). The ensemble of student actors are wonderful as a mixture of fairy-tale creatures and the brightly dressed citizens of Duloc. Matt Ouren steals the show as the “short”-tempered Lord Farquaad.
The cast is full of wonderful singers who have plenty to play with in this show. The music is fun and clever and definitely a perfect fit for the both the audience and the cast. The lighting (Karin Olson) and set (Anne Henly) design are enchanting, effortlessly creating the world of fairy tales.
The show is great fun for families (or 20-something kids like my sister and I) and has a little bit of fun for everyone, even if you haven’t seen the movie.
The Creative Team: Artistic Director & Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett; Choreographer – Laura Mahler; Music Director – JC Lippold; Lighting Designer – Karin Olson; Sound Designer – Alan Pagel; Set Designer – Anne Henly; Costume & Make-Up Designer – Libby Porter; Props Designer – Jim Hibbeler; Technical Director – Gretchen Katt; Stage Manager – Cody R. Braudt.
Shrek The Musical opened FRIDAY, June 23 and runs through Sunday, July 30, 2017, and is perfect for all ages. Tickets are on sale now! Visit www.stagestheatre.org for specific performance dates and times, or call the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, ages 60+; $12 for children, ages 5 to 17.