Shrektacular |


Eagle Valley High School presents Shrek, the musical, this week. Show will be Thursday night through Saturday, at 7pm each night.
Anthony Thornton | |

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.

Stage magic

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

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