Shrek: The Musical

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Tickets are on sale for the Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical.” They are priced at $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors and may be purchased at the door or by calling 502-223-7529.

Performance times and dates are 7:30 p.m. June 19-21 with 2 p.m. matinees June 21-22 in the auditorium at Western Hills High School.

USA Today wrote of the play, “Shrek is a triumph of comic imagination with a heart as big and warm as Santa’s. It is the most ingeniously wacky, transcendently tasteless Broadway musical since ‘The Producers.’”

The musical brings to life the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre (Ervin Webster) — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess (Sydney Johnson and Katie Miller).

Throw in a donkey (Chris Miller) who won’t shut up, his hot girl friend (Meckaela Glenn), a bad guy (Justin Miller) with a short temper, a wooden puppet (Taylor Strickland), and a cookie (Samantha Wilcox) with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there is one on hand.

“Shrek the Musical” is part romance, part fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone. It ran for 441 performances on Broadway garnering 2009 Tonys for Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Set Design.

The universal theme of acceptance resonates throughout the show.  Some of the memorable songs are “Big, Bright, Beautiful World,” “This is my Story,” “Who I’d Be” and “Freak Flag.”

The technical crew consists of stage manager Carol Oerther, and Richard Abbott, Katy Doyle, Sue Norman, Nancy Robertson and Nic Miller.

Leslie Noell is the director while Diana Kelley and Ranelle Mackey are producers.  

McDonald’s West is sponsoring a Shrek photo opportunity from 5-7 p.m. Monday. Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Dragon will be there to say hello. Come and meet your favorite character!

Cast members

Here’s the cast and others participating in the show:

Ella Abney, Kadie Adams, Ray Ayala, Savannah Blalock, Henry Brown, Molly Bryan, CJ Calhoun, Katie Cole, Whitney Conrad, Annie Davis, Ella Davis, Hannah Ellett, Meckaela Glenn, Savanna Good, Madie Graves, Walker Hall, Kennedy Hall, Rachel Hampton, Cathie Hoehner, Mary Hudson, Ella Hutcherson, Leighann Jacobs, Kaja Jaques, Sydney Johnson, Ella Kays, Libby Kays, Christina Libby and Kaelin Lindsey.

Also, Sherri Locke, Shay Locke, Diana Lowe, Emmaline Lynn, Kim Martin, Julia Martinez, Marjorie Mason, Valerie McKinney, Janet Meyer, Chris Miller, Katie Miller, Elly Morris, Blake Oerther, Kayden Olds, Madison Osborne, Emily Reed, Kyle Reed, Nikki Shouse, Cassie Smith, Luke Sosby, Taylor Strickland, Tre Taylor, Olivia Toole, Carson Wallace, Ervin Webster, Samantha Wilcox and Justin Woolums.

“Shrek the Musical” is being performed by special permission of Music Theatre International (MTI). The music is by Jeanine Tesori.  Book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire. The show is based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig.

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