By Sharon Aron Baron
Somerset Parkland Academy charter school is holding its inaugural production of Shrek the Musical Jr. at the Coral Springs Center of the Arts.
Directed by Next Stop Broadway’s Youth-Director, Andrew Ramsarran, the comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek, who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.
“Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations, and work to better understand ourselves and others,” said Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).
“The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical.”
Shrek The Musical JR. follows an ogre named Shrek who has learned that “people hate the things they cannot understand.” For many years he has protected himself from the hurtful actions of those who are scared of him by living as a recluse in a cozy cesspit.
One day, his peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairytale misfits — including Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs, and the Big Bad Wolf — have been banished there by the villainous Lord Farquaad.
To gain back his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity.
With music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, and the book Shrek by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, ran for twelve months and received 12 Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical. The musical was adapted to be performed by students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.
Somerset Parkland Academy Presents Shrek The Musical JR. on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:00 pm at The Coral Springs Center for the Arts at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.
Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $10 for student tickets at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at The Coral Springs Center for the Arts. For more information, please call The Coral Springs Center for the Arts at 954-344-5990.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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