Camden Hills tech ‘Shrek’
Rockport — Shrek the ogre is a bigger-than-life character, and the action behind the scenes at Camden Hills Regional High School’s production of “Shrek, the Musical” is bigger than many shows produced in the area. Fortunately, tech director Rick Ash has plenty of space and help from willing students.
Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium. Advance ticket sales are $12 reserved and $10 general admission, $6 for students and senior citizens. There will be a special Family Show Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. with the reduced ticket price of $5, all general admission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, there is no dropping chandelier to create; instead it is a bigger-than-life fire-breathing dragon that has senior Zack Stern working extra hours behind scenes. His detailed design enables the dragon to spread its wings and, with the help of four strong puppeteers, fly around the stage. With help from community member Grant Gambell, the dragon will be clothed in MidCoast Sails. Sydney Hendrick, the voice of the dragon, will also be highlighted during its song as she sings from a high perch looking down upon her avatar.
Lord Farquaad’s castle, Shrek’s humble (yet large home) in the Swamp, and Fiona’s Tower are additional huge pieces of scenery that have to dance around each other backstage as they jockey into position for their first act placements. Stage Manager Meg Dowd has the task of directing the running crew to move pieces on and off stage. The second act is visually calm in comparison; it has only the technical challenge of featuring the dragon flying through the cathedral window to “incinerate” a cast member.
The set design, conceived by senior Violet Bemis, was constructed by an army of after-school carpenters and painters, as well as students in Tech Theater classes. Painting is being coordinated by scenic artist Hannah Corney with the help of members of the Art Club under the direction of Carolyn Brown.
In addition to the large considerations, there are many small technical details including a growing nose, an exploding bluebird, a remote-controlled rat, a tall performer playing the part of a tiny person and makeup prosthetics that will transform students Rebekah Johnson (Mama Ogre), Matt Watts (Papa Ogre), Anna Gambell (Fiona), Jesse Bifulco (young Shrek) and Jacob Corney (Shrek) into larger-than-life green ogres. With professional assistance from Terri Harper Ralston (Makeup and Hair), Mary Wells (Costumes) and Ash, the backstage crew is hard at working gearing up for six fantastical and humongous green performances.
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