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Shrek musical set for two shows at Yardley Hall
The musical features Perry Sook as Shrek, Jeremy Gaston as Donkey and Whitney Winfield as Fiona.
Christian Marriner plays the part of Lord Farquaad.
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Shrek – The Musical, which brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage, will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16, at Johnson County Community College.
The show will take place in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall as part of the college's Performing Arts Series. Paul Laird, professor of musicology, University of Kansas, will provide pre-show talks at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, which are $65 and $55, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at www.jccc.edu/TheSeries.
The musical, which features 19 songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film. It is set in a faraway kingdom and things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess named Fiona.
Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you've got a situation that calls for a real hero. And who might that be? Shrek, of course.
Before Shrek was a musical, or even a movie, he began life as a storybook character created by New Yorker cartoonist and author William Steig in 1990. The production played on Broadway from 2008 to 2010 and revised versions have been touring since.
The creative team includes David Lindsay-Abaire and Jason Moore, who began working on the show in 2002, and Jeanine Tesori, who joined them in 2004. The director of the national tour is Stephen Sposito.
The musical stars Perry Sook as Shrek, Whitney Winfield as Princess Fiona, and Jeremy Gaston as Donkey. The rousing musical score includes Don't Let Me Go, I Know It's Today and This is Our Story.