It’s one thing to turn a children’s book about an ogre, princess and dragon into a beloved cartoon, but even more magical is to turn the story featuring the swamp’s greatest fairytale into a musical, a challenge recently accepted by East Carteret High School students.
Students from East Carteret High School, under the direction of drama and English teacher Jennifer Smith Green, is set to present “Shrek” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 19-21, and Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28. Tickets cost $12 for reserved seats or $8 for general admission.
“Shrek” is based on the book by William Steig and was turned into a Broadway hit following the success of the movie released by DreamWorks, and residents will have opportunity to view the hit in Beaufort as presented through an arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York, N.Y.
The original book, released in 1990, is about a repugnant and monstrous ogre who leaves home to see the world and ends up saving and falling in love with a princess.
Ms. Smith Green says she is very excited about the production and eager to share with the community.
She offered a little insight as to what audience members can expect of the show, including its synopsis that states, “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek … And, thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, a fire-breathing dragon and more than a dozen other fairytale 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.”
The full cast, crew and orchestra include more than 100 student participants, as well as adult volunteers.
Cast members include: Shrek, Brody Flarity; Fiona, Haley Gaskill; Donkey, Trevor Davis; Farquaad, Dade Grady; Pinocchio, Gavin Hillebrand; Gingy, Lexi Brittingham; Dragon puppeteers are Kenny Brennan, Savannah Waters, Megan Wetherington, Johnna Brooks, Kyle Lewis; Dragonettes, Katie Smith, Rachel Ellis, Maegan Pigford; Young Fiona, Allie Kittrell; Teen Fiona, Giulia Cinti Luciani; and many more.
Ms. Smith Green says the costumes were sent to the school to loan during the production and include the 25- foot dragon from Custom Puppets, character masks from Milwaukee, Wis., and all other costumes from DC Theatricks from Buffalo, N.Y.
Tickets will be available at the door and offered by cast members or at East Carteret High School, 3264 Highway 70 east, Beaufort.