Baron Stage To Present "Shrek The Musical" February 23, 2018
Max Hunsicker, director of the Manheim Central High School (MCHS) spring musical, said that the students performing "Shrek the Musical" are doing an incredible job adapting to their roles. "Their characters seem to fit them really well," said Hunsicker. "Shows like 'Shrek' that are created from cartoons are a lot different from ones originally written for the stage, so that can mean making some adjustments, but it's all coming together."
"Shrek the Musical" will be presented in the auditorium at MCHS, 400 E. Adele Ave., Manheim, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, March 8 to 10. A 2 p.m. matinee has been set for Sunday, March 11.
A special preview show and "swamp party" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at MCHS will be geared toward children in grade four and under. The event will include games, a craft, a coloring contest, and a photo booth, as well as a meet-and-greet with the characters. Attendees are welcome to dress up as a favorite character. Reservations are requested but not required and may be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-664-7403.
The stage version of "Shrek the Musical," which is based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, tells the story of a hulking green ogre who has retreated to an ugly swamp to exist contentedly in isolation after a lifetime of being mocked and feared. When Shrek, who is played by Jordan McKey in the MCHS production, finds that his swamp has been overtaken by fairytale creatures, he goes to Lord Farquaad, played by Tyler Shull, to reclaim his territory. As part of a deal with Lord Farquaad, Shrek then sets out with Donkey, played by Tristan Klopp, to rescue Princess Fiona, played by Gretchen Enterline.
"Every girl wants to be a princess, so I was excited to be Fiona," Gretchen remarked. "She's really comedic, and you get to play around with a lot of different acting styles, so that's fun, too."
For Gretchen and a few other cast members, this will be their second time performing "Shrek the Musical," as they participated in the local iStage Performing Arts production of the show a few years ago. "I still had a lot of the lines memorized," said Tyler.
Besides comedy and music, the cast members agreed the show also bears an important and simple message for audiences. "It's the classic love story between someone who's not (considered) attractive and someone who is. It might sound cliche, but the message is that beauty is not always on the outside," Tyler said. "Love is not based on appearances."
Additional cast members include Nina Bonanno, Elise Deppen, Jonny Brown, Cassandra Forry, Abby Miller, Olivia Walters, Andrew Kerdeman, Savannah Heisey, Larissa Stern, Ligeia Stern, Nickea Metzler, Tenaya Metzler, Brooke Barnes, Jaiden Neff, Carissa Stief, Linsey Catherson, Rebecca Mylin, TJ Faulkner, Laura Forwood, Julianna Gingrich, Branden Rounds, Luke Weaver, Alexis Deck, Chris Lynes, Camryn Burkholder, Karissa Wenger, Mason Bard, Benjamin Gingrich, Nate Gerhart, Adrian Ryan, Amy Dombach, Khalea Kincaid, Francesca McClure, Alysa Merkey, Eva Noll, Sarah Rhoades, Jasmine Shirk, and Marissa Wolf.
Advance tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the MCHS lobby. Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Separate prices have been set for standard and premium tickets.