Nasty will be nice and Bullitt County will be ogre-the-moon when Bullitt Central High School drama club students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. beginning March 16, it was announced by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).
Performances are Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open 30 minutes prior to performance); and Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
“It is going to be amazing,” drama teacher Sara Anderson said. “The students have taken charge of the production and worked very hard to give the audience something special.”
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Anderson is especially excited about the ‘special effects.’
“This is the first time in the county’s (recent) history that we’ve ever had actors flying,” she said.
The cast is composed of Luke Baker (Pig #1), Rena Baker (Mother Goose), Hannah Dewitt (Tinkerbell), Eden Elwell (Mama Bear), Jenson Minton (Ugly Duckling), Bri Theiry (Puss in Boots), Truly Robey (Blind Mouse #1), Tony Weaver (Dwarf), Jemma Williamson (Teen Fiona), Peyton Brumfield (Storyteller), Isabella Cape (Baby Bear), Lily Corbett (Wicked Witch), Bethany Eagle (Mad Hatter), Drake Harbolt (Pied Piper), Maddie Pierce (Mama Ogre, Sugar Plum Fairy), Grace Rock (Storyteller), Shianne Smith (Muffin Man), Allena Walls (Blind Mouse #3). Kenzie Wardrip (Donkey), Amber Cailouet (Guard), Drake Cheeks (Fairy Godmother), Matthew Foster (Big Bad Wolf), Roy Guffey (Storyteller), Donovan Rooks (Captain Hook), Faith Smith (Blind Mouse #2), Mason Teel (Captain of the Guard), Tessa Waddle (Storyteller), Bob Belcher (Gingerbread Man), Jesse Brishaber (Shrek), Brian Castanon (Pig #2), Amanda Cox (Pinocchio), Dylan Cundiff (Papa Ogre, Pig #3), Kyra Mullins (Dragon), Laren Ocasio (Bishop), Jared Reynolds (Papa Bear), Faythe Shearin (Fiona), Sam Waggoner (Lord Farquaad), Yvette Zewatski (Peter Pan).
The backstage crew consists of Troy Lewis, Kameron Lewis and Drew Marcum (Flying Effects), Derek Kesler (Assistant Stage Manager), Savannah Price (Stage Manager), Savannah Pierce (Make-up and Costumes), Amanda "Chea" Stuart (Lights) and Paul Rippy and Shelby Reid (Sound).
Shrek The Musical JR. is based on the book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire with music by Jeanine Tesori. The Broadway stage play was originally produced by Dreamworks Theatrical and Neal Street Productions and directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.
Shrek The Musical JR. is based on the original Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and Book Shrek by William Slaig.
The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.
The story included the appearance of many fairy tale characters including Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf who have been banished by the villainous Lord Farquaad. In order to gain back his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity.
“Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical,” Gershon said.
Shrek The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theaters from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theater as education and has created special collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection® includes JR. titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and KIDS titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children resulting in over 80,000 productions consisting of more than 300,000 performances.