Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, “Shrek the Musical” is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they have been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets? Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsey Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Shrek Preview (Curtain Calls 10.1, July 2014)
During the run of “Shrek,” Carolyn Beyer passed away on July 13, 2014. Carolyn had been associated with the Community Players as a former board member, past president and emeritus member. Carolyn first appeared in “The Happiest Years” in 1954. Carolyn directed eight shows; her final production was as assistant director for 2009’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Much of Carolyn’s work was in costuming. She appeared in over 20 productions.