‘Shrek the Musical Jr.’ rocks the Waterfront Playhouse

Gannon Fox stars as Shrek in “Shrek The Musical Jr.” WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE / COURTESY PHOTO

Gannon Fox stars as Shrek in “Shrek The Musical Jr.” WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE / COURTESY PHOTO

Shrek The Musical Jr. will delight audiences of all ages with performances on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, the musical has a book and lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori.

“Shrek The Musical” follows Shrek, a big green ogre, on his journey into the world to make his living. Along his way, he comes across a refugee caravan of fairytale creatures, including Pinocchio, the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, Peter Pan, an Ugly Duckling, a Fairy Godmother, a Wicked Witch, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Humpty Dumpty and an Elf, who have taken up residence in his once-peaceful swamp.

The displaced caravan of characters explains of their banishment from the Kingdom of Duloc, by order of the evil Lord Farquaad, who sentenced them into penal transportation for being freaks, under penalty of death if they ever return. Although hesitant, Shrek decides to travel to see Farquaad and try to regain his swamp, but his journey takes him farther than he ever imagined — to Duloc and back, fighting dragons and finding his true love along the way.

Shrek The Musical at the Waterfront Playhouse is directed by Tom Thayer, choreographed by Penny Leto and stage managed by Rena Dahlgren, with set design by Michael Boyer and drama instruction by John McDonald.

The cast includes: Gannon Fox as Shrek, Meghan Barter as Fiona, DJ Mills as Donkey, Arthur Crocker as Lord Farquaad, Jake Ferguson as Pinocchio, Rylee Rich as Ugly Duckling, Juliana Strunk as Baby Bear, Kelci Grooms as Mama Bear, Mia Lee Cawvey as Wicked Witch, Travis Thompson as Little Ogre, DeMarcus DeRoche as Guard, Cat Tucker as Peter Pan, Angelina Diaz as Dragon, Jamie Everitt as Gingy and Ervin Tumm as the Big Bad Wolf.

This Junior version of the hit musical comedy is produced by the Waterfront Youth Theater and sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Tickets can be purchased online at www.waterfrontplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 305-294-5015. ¦

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