Ogres are Coming
CTM presents “Shrek”
People may know the many Shrek movies made by DreamWorks, but The Children’s Theater of Mason puts a new twist on the tale of the lovable green ogre – first of all, by making it a musical.
The musical, scheduled for four performances this weekend at The Mason Community Center, is based on the first Shrek movie, but has been altered to change things up.
As people who have watched Shrek know, many classic fairy tale characters appear in the films, because Shrek lives in fairytale land. CTM’s production features not only the well-known Shrek characters (Shrek, his true love Fiona, the famous Donkey, the Dragon, and many more), but characters from Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, and more familiar tales.
In the CTM production, Shrek is still an ogre, but the plot is different than the films. Shrek and Fiona (a princess) are sent away as kids by their parents, and unintentionally meet and fall in love.
Kings High School junior Emily Conway, who plays the white rabbit and is the Dragon backup singer, said about eight Kings students are in the production. Shrek is Conway’s sixth show with CTM.
The cast has been practicing since September for three hours on weekdays and four hours on Sundays, Conway said.
“We run through the show over and over and we keep doing it until we get it down,” she said.
Actress Morgan Reece a Kings freshman who plays the parts of Mama Ogre, Dragonette, and Little Bo Peep, said that in practice they break the play up. They might do a music rehearsal or a dancing rehearsal and towards the end of their practices they put it back together.
“Mama Ogre is my favorite because my character comes to life and the character is fun to play with,” Reece said.
CTM also adds it’s own magic to Shrek. Conway and Reece agreed that it is a special play and that there are many cool things added in. Reece said the audience will have to wait for the surprises. Conway agreed, giving perhaps one clue:
“Everyone had to develop a different accent,” she said.
Performances are Friday. Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Each show is approximately two hours. The production is open seating and tickets cost $10 at the door.