March 12, 2014
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess.
Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie 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's one on hand.
"Shrek the Musical" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and completely fun and it's coming to the Eagle Valley High School auditorium.
EVES is presenting Shrek for three nights Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. nightly. The shows at EVHS always sell out and Shrek will be no different.
As always, the show is appropriate for all ages.
According to director Cathy Strickler, this show has more humor than any other production she has overseen.
"We wanted to perform a funny show and after seeing the Broadway production, we decided this was the one," said Strickler.
Not the movie
"Shrek the Musical" is not the movie. There are more back-stories and different songs.
"Most of my lines will really get people laughing," said junior Matt Genelin, who plays Donkey. "I'm really excited for people to see the new, creative take on the movie, and for them to hear our crazy harmonies in the songs."
Cast members said rehearsals have been hard work. The musical's comedic timing is a challenge and the vocal arrangments are tough.
"The most challenging part is the music," said junior Jessica Long who plays Fiona. "It's a really hard part for a big voice and it's been a challenge keeping my voice in tip-top shape."
Junior Jet Quealy plays Shrek, and rehearsals have proven that he can handle the title role.
"It's been so fun to watch each cast member transform into their character and take it to the next level with their particular 'character voice'," said Strickler. "I find myself laughing at some point in every scene during rehearsals."
Senior Reagan Gass plays Gingy and she said perfecting the voice for the humorous character was challenging.
"This is my first musical in high school and just being able to participate is exciting," said Gass, who will be attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising this fall.
Long said one of her favorite moments is when Fiona transforms into an ogre, and she's excited for the audience to see all of the hard work that has gone into the production.
Quealy likes that he has been able to really connect with the character of Shrek, noting everyone has experienced hardships related to self-confidence and prejudice. But he also enjoys the humor of the show and he insists that it's the most hilarious and fun musical he's ever been in.
Quealy added that nailing Shrek's accent was tough, but he thinks he has it down.
"Never fear – I believe that I am one with my inner ogre," he said.
The excitement is palatable from the cast and crew as the days tick by to their performances.
"There is so much magic behind this show," Long said. "It's by far one of the hardest shows we've ever done here and I can't wait for everyone to hear all the great music and enjoy the show."
"I'm excited for the audience to see the happiness and excitement in our makeup caked faces and maybe share in those feelings as well," said Quealy.
Who's who in Shrek the Musical
Shrek – Jet Quealy
Fiona – Jessica Long
Donkey – Matt Genelin
Lord Farquaad – Matthew Cirkovic
Gingy – Reagen Gass
Pinocchio – Michael Marx
Dragon – Madison Baldwin
Young Fiona – Brooke Cabin
Teen Fiona/Dragon Minion – Lindsay Poff
Mama Ogre/Dragon Minion – Hanna Foster
Papa Ogre/Guard – Dylan Harvey
King/Guard – James Wuenon
Queen/Duloc – McKayla Gardoni
Captain of the Guards – Trevor Borasio
Bishop/Thelonius – Cesar Fernandez
Sugar Plum Fairy – Morgan Genelin
Mama Bear – Jaycey Beard
Papa Bear – Jay Neal
Baby Bear – Taylor Claydon
Humpty Dumpty – Marisol Chacon
Ugly Duckling – Montana Gubrud
Three Little Pigs – Alexander Barry, Keith Buckelew, Theo Nanin
Wicked Witch – Alyssa Nudell
White Rabbit – Samantha Pritchard
Peter Pan – Laura Claydon
Pied Piper – Ginny Miller
Elf – Kaitlyn Laidman
Fairy Godmother – McKensey Matthews
Mad Hatter – Tori Williams
Big Bad Wolf – Gino Giovagnoli
Tweedle Dee – Cheryl Kline
Three Blind Mice – Morgan Felton, Katie Andrews, Karla Robledo Barba
Rat/Duloc Dancers – Kenna Keller, Elle Turnipseed
Duloc Dancers – Alli Armstrong, Camilee Blose, Mary Brudwick, Zoe Ramsay
Duloc Dancer/Happy People – Jenna Buffington, Kylie King
Duloc Dancer/Sign Bearer – Belkis Palacios Bahr
Duloc Greeter – Madeline Dougherty
Grumpy Farquaad's Dad – Trevor Hutchins
Guard – Willie Thrasher
Happy People – Jessica Nock
Young Shrek – Gavin Doan
Cow – Betta Novak
Dishes – Maggie Gliman, Carly Volkmer
Spoons – Tiffany Sheehy, Nikki Cunning
Stage Manager – Jenna Jay
Crew – Carly Matthews, Kayla Brito, Shelby Cramer, Kathrin Dade, Rylee Ellsworth, Kayla Robinson