Shrek the Musical, Jr.
Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairytale comes to Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center when Wayne Highlands Middle School presents the Broadway production of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” a live song-and-dance-filled stage adaptation musical of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. The show will run Friday, November 19, 2021 and Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm. nightly.
In the Kingdom of Duloc things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey that won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand – and his name is Shrek. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, this live Broadway stage version of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” was nominated for eight Tony Awards including best score and best book for a musical when it originally opened on Broadway in 2008. “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” is part romance, part fractured fairy tale and 100% irreverent fun for the whole family.
“Shrek is an exciting show to both watch and stage,” said Martha Curtis, the show’s musical director. “There are a lot of great songs and signature moments from the movie, but I especially love how the world of Duloc is fully realized with so many memorable characters. There’s something in this show for everyone.”
“Shrek the Musical” will be the largest and most complex production Wayne Highlands Middle School has mounted in its history. With 36 actors doubling in multiple roles in more than 60 fairy tale costumes, scores of props, and hand-crafted puppets including special effects, make this production a monster.
“We have never shied away from a challenge,” said Scott D. Miller, HPAC’s executive director and the show’s artistic director. “Over the years we’ve produced “Disney’s Frozen,” with real snow and special effects; “Disney’s The Lion King,” with an exceptional cast, beautiful costumes, lighting, and sound; “School House Rock,” with larger-than-life characters; and now “Shrek the Musical” will be no different. This production not only features a very large young and talented cast, but also a singing, dancing, flying talking donkey, with other very special surprises, effects, with lighting and sound, Broadway projections, and interacting (breaking the fourth wall) with all our actors in a production like you have never seen before.”
Leading this merry band of fairy tale characters is Liam Platt as Shrek; Abby Mizwinski as Princess Fiona; Eli Funk as Donkey; Robert Ammann as Papa Ogre & Lord Farquaad; Jocelyn Hnath as Gingy & Storyteller; Brenna Miller as Dragon; Ryan Curtis as Little Ogre; Hannah Curtis as Young Princess Fiona; and Alina Shanfelder as Teenage Princess Fiona.
Filling out the Kingdom of Duloc are Lexi Schumacher as Mama Ogre & Mama Bear; Drew Daniels as Captain of the Guards; Anna Brown as Pinocchio; Calvin Rosar as Big Bad Wolf; Karlee Warring as Little Pig 1; Kyra Dawo as Little Pig 2; Leonora S. Orellana Anton as Little Pig 3; Renee Miller as Wicked Witch; Logan Lester as Peter Pan; Abigail Beatty as Ugly Duckly; Makayla Aikens as Pappa Bear and Bishop; Ivan Thol as Baby Bear; Kaydence Framptonas Puss in Boots; Nicholas O'Connell as Knight; Minka Beisel as Pied Piper; Brynn Derrick as Dwarf; Alex Eisele as Tinkerbell (Fairytale Creatures); Alissa Wilson as Flora Three Good Faries (Fairy Tale Creatures); Andrèa Seminarioas Goldilocks (Fairy Tale Creatures); Arianna Valerio as Snow White (Fairy Tale Creatures); Delia Goff as Fauna Three Good Faries (Fairy Tale Creatures); Jaymie Golden as Merryweather; Three Good Faries (Fairy Tale Creatures); Maddison Miller as Stage Manager for Actors; Madison Mertz as Fairy Godmother (Fairy Tale Creatures); Owen Johnsonas Mad Hatter (Fairy Tale Creatures); Sarai Mirandaas Alice (Fairy Tale Creatures); and Sophie Riefler as Cinderella (Fairy Tale Creatures).
“Shrek the Musical” is directed and produced by Scott D. Miller, with Musical Director Martha Curtis, Assistant Musical Director Geri Spinosa, Assistant Director and Choreographer Mason Marie Clark, Technical Director Shawn Garing, Assistant Technical Director William Sievers, Hair, Makeup, and Costume Designer Kathryn Beisel, Master Set Designer Stacy Roerig, Prop Mistress Meredith Galinski, Assistant Student Directors Maria Kannebecker and Eric Berkihiser, Technical Supervisor J.P. Ahern, Stage Managers Dominic Miller and Nolan Duffy, House Manager Zackary Wilken, Lighting Team John Rodriguez, Calvin Feustel, Jorden Haviland, and Caleb Dodson, Scenic Artists Leanndra Bloxham, Shayla Sanchez, Cora Burt, Ali Burt, and Cody Pollack, and Sound Team Lakelen Leclere, Christian Krasniak, and Julian Klocko.
The production team continues with Assistant Hair and Makeup Designers Hannah Devreize, Ivy Hazelton, Sophie Baker, Lindsey Schneider, Sage Questore, Morgan Lurvey, Lisa Ciarrochi, Marley Reynolds, Mackenzie White, Mackenzi Giblin, Destiny Wimmers, Sara Rosas, Paige Ross, Rylee Warnock, Faith Slish, Madison White, and Lydia Gilson; with stage crew and set construction team members James Ahern, Calvin Feustel, John Rodriguez, Zachary Wilken, Nolan Duffy, Jorden Haviland, Christian Krasniak, Lakelen Leclere, Jacob Babel, Zachary Brown, Andrew Carrick, Caleb Dodson, Amit Fulp, Brayden Hall, Amanda Kuta, Dominic Miller, Logan Novobilski, Avery Ohliger, Joey Taraschuk, Riley Wheeler, Ryan Algerio, Andrew Baker, Blaine Bolella, Julian Ciarrocchi, Daniel D’Albora, Mason D’Albora, Evan Funk, Daven Good, Julian Klocko, Tyler Kominski, Katelyn Menck, and Justin Schumacher
Reserved seating tickets are on sale now, Regular $10, Senior (+62) $9, Student $5, Children (3-5) $5, Red/Black Pass (Complimentary) for all tickets and may be purchased online at www.honesdalepac.com or by calling the Honesdale Performing Arts Box Office at 570-251-9831. Performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring children, this production is recommended for ages 5 and up. All guests entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket and wear a mask per our COVID-19 guidelines.
Shrek The Musical JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com