‘Shrek, the Musical’ opens at Camden Hills
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School promises something for everyone in its fall musical this year. “Shrek, the Musical” will play for two weekends in the Strom Auditorium of the school, off Route 90. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. (the only matinee); and the special discount family show Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.
“Shrek, the Musical,” a 2008 Broadway hit with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeannine Tesori, is based on the 2001 Dreamworks animated film. The show offers great music, lasting messages and a bit of irreverent humor. The show is directed by Kim Murphy with technical direction by Rick Ash.
Audiences will meet a loud and misunderstood ogre played by senior Jacob Corney. Seemingly happy in his own home on the swamp, Shrek is lonely, not realizing what is missing in his life. Along comes a host of misfit fairytale creatures, banished from the sleek Disney-esque Land of Duloc and, bothered by the commotion, Shrek sets off on a quest to talk to Lord Farquaad (Duncan Hall) to win back the deed, and his privacy, to his swamp. Suddenly, out of the sky falls a Donkey (Jonah Carter) and so the fun begins.
Donkey is non-stop action and non-stop talking whose delightful life philosophy starts to rub off on the curmudgeon Shrek and a winning friendship develops. Of course, any fairytale needs a princess, and Princess Fiona (Anna Gambell) awaits her true love while locked in a tower guarded by a dragon (Sydney Hendrick). Shrek, in the guise of a shining knight, rescues the princess Fiona. A love story with a new twist evolves, with Donkey and his three blind mice sidekicks singing encouragement and playing the part of matchmaker.
Young audience members will revel in the colorful costumes of the fairytale characters (created by student Savannah Berryman-Moore, costume director, Mary Wells and countless parents). They also will be thrilled by the life-sized dragon (created by Zack Stern, with assistance of parent Grant Gambell) and will laugh themselves silly upon hearing the irreverent and ogre-ish sound effects in the song: “I Think I Got You Beat.”
All ages will wonder at the magical transformation of local students through make up artist techniques as directed by community member, Terri Harper Ralston. Although the Leonard Cohen hit “Hallelujah” is not featured in the staged version, the music is varied and delightful. Adults will identify with the tortured angst of the sensitive Shrek character as he seeks to find his identity in “Who I’d Be” and woo the lovely Fiona with “When Words Fail.” And everyone will cheer the fairy tale characters as they discover “what makes us special, makes us strong” as they sing their protest song “Freak Flag,” led by Pinocchio’s (Nick Greer) high falsetto voice and Gingy’s (Lindsay Taylor) gospel speech.
Advance ticket sales are $12 for reserved and $10/$6 for general admission seats. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets early at stromtickets.com or by calling 236 – 7800, ext. 282, as at-door prices increase to $15/$12/$8. There are no advance sale tickets for the mid-week family show; all seats will be $5 each at the door, general admission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.