Shrek the Musical Theatre Production

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November 11-14, 2015
Wednesday - Saturday, 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee, November 14, 2:00pm
Blackbox Theatre

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek. And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess. 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 real hero. Luckily, there's one on-hand and his name is Shrek! Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears!

Directed by Dr. David Sollish

It has been an honor and a pleasure to direct and choreograph Shrek, the Musical as my rst production here at Belhaven. God has blessed me with an amazing cast, wonderful production staff, and top-notch crew. Ever since seeing the original Broadway cast of Shrek, I knew I would direct this very unique take on the fairy-tale genre. The story and the characters spoke to me.

Although Shrek seems to be, on the surface, a children’s story, it features many moral messages. The most obvious moral of the story is to not judge others solely by appearances. The story of Shrek is a prime example of how our preconceived notions of beauty and what should be socially accept- able can cause alienation, harm, and are often utterly wrong.
Shrek also focuses on the importance of companionship: everybody needs friends and family to offer some form of comfort and support. Self- acceptance is a third focus of the story: both Fiona and Shrek judge others, assuming they will be treated as others have treated them in the past. How- ever, through their journey, they learn to accept themselves and to accept others they way they are. They also learn the golden rule: to do unto others as they would have others do unto them.

While these lessons may not be unique to this musical, they are vital in today’s image-conscious and isolated world. It is refreshing to have such an entertaining reminder in our hectic lives. Well-written stories address both the cognitive and affective dimensions of human nature while managing to entertain. As an audience, we are able to project ourselves upon the charac- ters and consider what kind of people we really want to be. This is our story, in many ways we are just like the characters in Shrek. Enjoy the show!


thedescent/lifted me Scene

Cast
Shrek - Samuel McFatridge
Princess Fiona - Courtney Holifield
Donkey - Madison Parrott
Lord Farquaad - Joshua Pirtle
Dragon/Blind Mouse/Ensemble - Sarah Harris
Pinocchio/Pied Piper - Michaela Bowen
Gingy/Teen Fiona/Sugar Plumb Fairy/Ensemble - Kyra Smiley
Papa Ogre/Thelonius/Bricks/Knight - Connor Bingham
Mama Ogre/Humpty Dumpty/Blue Bird/Blind Mouse - Julie Wolfe
Queen/Wicked Witch/Ensemble - Sonja Häkkinen
King/Big Bad Wolf/ Knight/Ensemble - Josh Noé
Mama Bear/Blind Mouse/Ensemble - Alice Bryant
Papa Bear/Rafiki/Ensemble - Brandon Smith
Baby Bear/Ensemble - Christy Robeson
Peter Pan/Ensemble - Alecia Gray
Fairy Godmother/Ensemble - Sarah Wolfe
Sticks/Walter/Ensemble - Wesley Hartfield
Straw/Ensemble - Marie Haynes
Mad Hatter/Ensemble - Dillon Cannon
Ugly Duckling/Knight/Ensemble - Brittany Lyday
Elf/Ensemble - Megan Cash
Little Red Riding Hood/Ensemble - Nina Frost
Captain of the Guards/Bishop/Knight/Ensemble - Brandon Randle
Ensemble - Darby Frost
Young Fiona/Gretel/Ensemble - Analia Gonzalez
Young Shrek/Hansel/Grumpy - Nathan Kennedy

Artistic Team
Director & Choreographer - Dr. David S. Sollish
Musical Director - Mr. Christopher Phillips
Accompanist - Mr. John Barnts
Scenic Coordinator - Mrs. Rebekah Bert
Lighting Design - Mrs. Rebekah Bert
Costume Designer - Mrs. Becky Freeman
Sound Designer - Mr. Frank Dolansky
Makeup Designer - Morgan Hillman
Props Mistress - Alecia Gray
Stage Manager - James Kenyon
Assistant Stage Managers - Rachel Loftus/Michael Tobin
Production Assistant - Rebecca Lapeyre
Assistant Choreographer - Samuel McFatridge
Dance Captain - Samuel McFatridge
Fight Captain - Megan Cash
House Manager - Hannah Kenyon


Crew

SET CREW
Kyra Smiley, Grace Reeves, Marie Haynes,
Tori Turnbow, Alice Bryant, Samuel McFatridge,
Christy Robeson, Sarah Harris, Josiah Newcombe, Amy Ott

LIGHTING
Alice Bryant, Aryelle Tuttle, Samuel McFatridge
Elyse Derstine, Sarah Harris, Connor Bingham

PROPS
Hannah Kenyon, Elyse Derstine, Tori Turnbow,
Marie Haynes, Sarah Harris, Connor Bingham, Josh Pirtle

 SPOT OPERATORS
Elyse Derstine/Josiah Newcombe
Adrian Jordan

LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR
Lizy Hurlbert

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR
Zak Blatche

COSTUME CREW
Lydia Brandt, Alice Bryant, Mac Mitchell,
Ashley Reed, Sarah Harris, Laina Faul, Nikki Lee

DRESSERS
Mac Mitchell, CJ Riggs, Lydia Brandt,
Morgan Hillman,  Theo Lott

BOX OFFICE
Hannah Kenyon, Jasmine Calvert, Alexis Shepherd, Aryelle Tuttle

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