SHREK, THE MUSICAL is based on the DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. SHREK, THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
What a SHOW! We got a chance to go see this show this past weekend at the Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre. As a family, we have not seen many plays or shows together. I get groans and moans every time I bring it up. THIS time, I didn’t take no for an answer, because I hd a feeling they would like it.
The Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre is a small theater. When we arrived we picked up our tickets and waited for the theater to open. While reading the info given to us about this play, I realized that the cast was made of young people ages 8-18. That got me even more excited! These kids are part of the Y.E.S. Musical Program.
Here is some info about that program:
Y.E.S. is part of the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Participants range in age from 8-18.
Y.E.S. offers four youth productions each year and one full-length Youth Musical each November/ December; performances are on Saturdays and Sundays. Most Y.E.S. shows are selected to support national and local school reading lists.
My youngest Jay was excited to see it, as you can tell the teenager was not showing too much excitement. (see him on his phone in the background?)
We took our seats, and it started. We laughed and laughed from the first scene on! These kids were unbelievable. Guess who last more??? The teenager! He said, “You know, i didn’t expect this to be much, but it was really a great show”
Scott Senior who played Shrek, did a great job! His voice was amazing and he played the character so well. Fiona, played by Zoe D’Andrea was just as great! She had this sass to her character and was quite funny. Her voice was pretty awesome too.
Some of the funniest characters were “Lord Farquaad” played by Chandler David. His costume was hysterical, and “Donkey” played by Andrew Rudy.
All of this cast really bought this play to life, with the singing, dancing, and told the wonderful story of Shrek that we all know.
Now that we have seen one of these shows and really enjoyed it, I think I will be able to easily get to see many more of these with the family. It was a wonderful way to spend Saturday afternoon.
You can still see this show! It is running until December 12th.