Shrek the Musical at Forest Park

Colton Schwartz as Donkey and Chris Byers as everyone’s favorite ogre, rehearse a scene from Shrek the Musical, Forest Park High School’s 2017 Spring Musical, showing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the school auditorium. Photo by Eric Tretter

“Once upon a time, (don’t all the best tales start that way?) there was a wee little ogre named Shrek …”

And thus begins the story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, 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 true hero.

Luckily there is one on hand … and his name is Shrek!

The lovable but grouchy ogre and his compadres have made the journey to Southern Indiana and will appear (as if by magic) in the Forest Park High School Auditorium for four performances of Shrek the Musical.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay- Abaire. Shrek, the stage play, brings all the beloved characters from the film to life and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

Show times are Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

All tickets are $8 and available by calling 812-817-0900 or emailing chuck.bradly@sedubois.k12.in.us.

Anna Bailey, Princess Fiona, sings along as she waits to make her entrance as her teenage counterpart sings from the balcony set piece. Photo by Matt Crane.

The cast includes Chris Byers as Shrek, Anna Bailey as Princess Fiona, Colton Schwartz as Donkey, Dillon Hasenour as Lord Faurquaad, Jimmy Lutz as Pinocchio, Kaiyah Wilhite as Queen Lillian/Dragon, Gabe Fehribach as King Harold/Guard Captain, Aliya Haake as Sugar Plum Fairy/ Gingy, Mitch Tobin as Papa Shrek, Levi Gayso as Young Shrek, Amelia Lutz as Teen Fiona, Amy Nelson as Young Fiona, Lanette Blume as White Rabbit/Blue Bird, Samantha Jarboe as Peter Pan/Pied Piper, Nick Sutherlin as Wolf, Brianna Eckert as Witch, Erika Uebelhor as Fairy Godmother/Mama Shrek, Marna Davis, Amy Metz and Katie Winker as Three Blind Mice, Kade Boeglin, Mitch Tobin and Jaxon Welp as Three Pigs, Marlena Peters as Ugly Duckling, Bailey Luttrell as Humpty Dumpty, Makayla McKim as Mama Bear, Blake Torstenson as Papa Bear/Thelonious, Emily Schwartz as Baby Bear, Marna Davis as Elf, Alex Powers as Mad Hatter and Marshal Gress as Bishop/Guard.

Supporting cast members are: Lily Bell, Hannah Borden, Abby Eckert, Jazzmine Huff, Tyler Jochem, Brandee Johannemann, Audrey Jones, Wade Kieffner, Lance Libbert, Emily Nord, Elaine Schroeder and Miranda Schlachter.

The crew includes Aaron White, Skyla McKim, Aaron Hurst and Jaclyn Haug.

Dillon Hasenour portrays the villainous Lord Farquaad. Photo by Matt Crane.

Shrek the Musical is under the direction of Chuck Bradley. Anissa Bradley is assistant director. Skyla McKim is serving as stage manager, Aaron White is handling lighting, Aaron Hurst and Jacklyn Haug are in charge of sound, Brianna Eckert served as lead painter over painters, Hannah Speedy, Brynna Werne, Blake Torstenson, Ryder Todd and Dakota Dunn. The Theatre Arts Class handled set construction.

Musicians providing accompaniment include Clayton Ahlemeyer on piano, Anissa Bradley on flute, Ed Walston and Mike Cummings on guitar, Chuck Bradley on bass and Christian Mollenhauer playing percussion.

If you plan to go …
WHAT: Shrek the Musical
WHERE: Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High auditorium
WHEN: March 17-19
SHOW TIMES: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
PRICE: $8 per person
HOW: Call 812-817-0900 or email chuck.bradley@sedubois.k12.in.us.

Kaiyah Wilhite played the dragon that guards Princess Fiona’s tower. She also plays Queen Lillian. Photo by Matt Crane.

Donkey played by Colton Schwartz runs from Shrek when the pair first meet as Shrek heads to Duloc to demand that Lord Farquaad remove all the fairy tale creatures from his swamp. Photo by Matt Crane.

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