Stages Theatre Company presents Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

Theatre for Young Audiences version

Jun 23 – Jul 30, 2017  •  All Ages

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

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The rousing fairy tale adventure of an ogre turned unlikely hero galumphs onto our main stage this summer in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. A wise-cracking Donkey, a feisty princess, a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude and dozens of fairy tale misfits stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Fortunately, Shrek is on his way!

MUSICAL  |  RUNNING TIME: Approximately 80 minutes

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  www.MTIShows.com

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

  • Sunday, June 25 at 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance
  • Friday, July 21 at 7 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
  • Saturday, July 22 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance

CAST

*Headshots by Steve Fischer

CAST

in Alphabetical Order

Mama Bear – Celia Birgy
Peter Pan – Grace Bloomquist
Donkey – Kimora Collins
Baby Bear – Louisa Darr
Ugly Duckling – Natalie Dekker
Puss N Boots – Nicholas Dekker
Duloc Ensemble – William Faster
Little Pig – Athan Fischer
Big Bad Wolf – Trevor Hendrix
Young Fiona, Duloc Ensemble – Zoe Hollander
Teen Fiona, Duloc Ensemble – Clare  Judge
Guard, Knight – Sayer Keeley
Dwarf, Guard, Knight – Jackson Lyon
Gingy – Arden Michalec
Little Pig – Bridget Miller
Duloc Ensemble – Helena Moore
Shrek – Andrew Moy
Pinocchio – George Mulder
Lord Farquaad – Matt Ouren
Dragon – Brittany Parker
Wicked Witch, Fiona Ogress Double – Rhianna Picht
Duloc Ensemble – Abby Reynolds
Duloc Ensemble – Hannah Seeman
Guard, Knight, Bishop – Zachary T. Sullivan
Little Pig – Ellie Turk
Young Shrek, Duloc Ensemble – Alex Weiner
Fiona – Marin Wilts


CREATIVE TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
STAGE MANAGER – Cody R Braudt
SET DESIGNER – Anne Henly
PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold
CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson
SOUND DESIGNER – Alan Pagel
COSTUME & MAKE-UP – Libby Porter, Lisa Mangone
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Scenic Artist: Cinde Ashley
Lighting Crew: Jeff Nepple, Kenji Shoemaker
Volunteers: John Cardinal, Justin Dekker, Mariann Wolfe, Roxie Wolfe, Tiahna Wolfe-Shields

DIRECTOR STUDENT ASSISTANT – Ella Rose Fadden

CAST BIOS

Celia Birgy (Mama Bear) – We are excited to have Celia in her fourth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in Stone Soup, Annie Jr. and Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans. Celia is a gymnast who loves to sing, play her ukulele, and act. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous support through everything!

Grace Bloomquist (Peter Pan) – We are excited to have Grace in her fifth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in The Mitten, The Wiz, Goodnight Moon, and The Little Mermaid, Jr. Grace likes sewing, music, as well as playing the piano and ukulele. “Thanks to all my friends who put up with my constant singing. I’m going to study theatre and music at St. Olaf College next year!”

Kimora Collins (Donkey) – Kimora is making her Stages Theatre Company debut on the main stage. She has been a part of our FAIR School / Stages Theatre Company partnership productions including Willy Wonka Jr., Shrek Jr. and Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963. Kimora has also appeared in productions with Children’s Theatre Company. She has studied jazz, tap, and ballet for seven years and enjoys playing tennis and golf, doing crafts and swimming.        

Louisa Darr (Baby Bear) – We are excited to have Louisa in her second production with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in There’s A Boy In The Girls Bathroom.  She has also been part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr. She has also appeared in productions with Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company Theater Arts Training, Valley View Middle School Thespians, and Hyde Park School of Dance. “I am so thankful that I am able to express myself through acting at this young age, and I would like to thank my mom, dad, sister, and friends for sticking through my endless theater-filled life.”
Natalie Dekker (Ugly Duckling) – Natalie is extremely excited to be at Stages Theatre Company for one of her absolute favorites, Shrek The Musical! She has previously appeared Annie Jr., A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Natalie is looking forward to starting her junior year at the Performing Institute of Minnesota located in Eden Prairie. “A huge thank you to my family and my Stages family for always supporting me and believing in me. I love you all!”

Nicholas Dekker (Puss N Boots) – Nicholas is glad to be back for his seventh production at Stages. He previously appeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Bear Snores On, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Nicholas has also appeared in productions with Children’s Theater Company, Minnesota Actor’s Theater and a variety of community theaters. Nicholas will be starting high school in the fall. “I like to thank my parents for all of their support and my sister for getting me into acting in the first place.”

William Faster (Dulocer) – We are excited to have William in his Stages Theatre Company debut. He has previously appeared in productions with Minnetonka Community and Park Theatre. William plays guitar and has been acting since 4 years old. Will would like to give a huge thanks to all of his friends that encouraged him to try Stages Theatre Company!

Athan Fischer (Pig) – Athan is very excited to be returning to Stages Theatre Company for his second production, having previously appeared in The Velveteen Rabbit. He has also been a part of our FAIR School / Stages Theatre Company partnership productions, as well as production with St. Anthony Community Theater, and Bethel University. Athan enjoys singing, playing the cello, Broadway musicals, and all things Disney. “Thank you to my family, teachers, mentors, and friends who continue to give me so much support.” In the words of the Fairy Tale Creatures, ‘What makes us special, makes us strong!’

Trevor Hendrix (Big Bad Wolf) – Trevor is back with Stages Theatre Company for his fourth production. He previously appeared in Bridge to Terabithia, Seussical, and Annie Jr. Trevor has also appeared in productions with Morris Park Players, Robbinsdale Middle School, and Cooper High School.  He is also a member of Cooper Theater and Improvisation Troupe. He enjoys keeping fit and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Trevor works hard in school and is on the A Honor Roll. “Special thanks to my parents and family members for all their support!”

Zoe Hollander (Young Fiona / Dulocer) – Zoe is thrilled to be returning to Stages for her sixth production. She previously appeared in Fancy Nancy: the Musical, Annie Jr., Junie B. Jones the Musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Zoe has also appeared in productions with Theatre Latté Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust, The History Theatre, and Fidgety Fairy Tales. “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

Clare Judge (Teen Fiona / Dulocer) – We are excited to have Clare back in her 12th production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in Bridge to Terebithia, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Seussical, Owl Moon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Junie B Jones the Musical, The Snow Queen, Number the Stars, and Annie Jr. She has also appeared in productions with St. Therese School and Benilde-St. Margaret’s. “Special thanks to my mom, dad, and two brothers for making all my years here at STC possible!”

Sayer Keeley (Guard / Knight) – Sayer is back a stages for his fourth production at Stages Theater Company. He previously appearing in Stone Soup, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Sayer has performed dance theatre roles with Out on a Limb Dance Company and School since the age of three. “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll come out leading the pack.”

Jackson Lyon (Dwarf / Guard / Knight) – Shrek The Musical is Jackson’s third production with Stages Theatre Company.  He has previously appeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and Fancy Nancy: the Musical. Jackson has also appeared in productions with Front Porch Musical Theatre. He also stars as Calvin Spark in the video series Spark Plugs by Eagle Brook Media. Jackson would like to thank his parents for being his chauffeurs, his agents, and his biggest fans.
Arden Michalec (Gingy) – We are excited to have Arden back in her 10th production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Mitten, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Little Mermaid Jr., A Charlie Brown Christmas, Number The Stars, Fancy Nancy the Musical, and Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Arden has also appeared in productions with Pioneer Place, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and Clear Springs Elementary. “I’ve been acting since I was three and share a birthday with Marilyn Monroe! I would really like to thank my mom and dad for always rooting me on.”

Bridget Miller (Pig) – Bridget is excited to be back at Stages Theatre Company for her fifth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in The Snow Queen, Annie Jr., Spookley the Square Pumpkin, and The Velveteen Rabbit. Bridget has also been part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr. She has also appeared in a production with Hopkins High School. “I am very excited and grateful to have another opportunity to perform at Stages, as I love to sing, dance and act. Thanks to my immediate and extended family, and friends, for all their support.”

 

Helena Moore (Dulocer) – Shrek the Musical is Helena’s second production with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Spookley the Square Pumpkin. She has appeared in productions with Minnetonka Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Park Theater Company, and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Helena’s hobbies include painting, writing, traveling, adventuring, and theatre. “Special thanks to my family and friends for supporting me throughout my theatrical journey.”

Andrew Moy (Shrek) – We are excited to have Andrew back in his 10th production with Stages Theatre Company. He previously appeared in  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, The Wiz, Aladdin Jr., Starry River of the Sky, Seussical, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Willy Wonka, and Baseball Saved Us.  He has also appeared in productions with Guthrie Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Children’s Theatre Company, and Lyric Arts Theatre.  “I’m glad that I get to work with the people at Stages Theatre Company one last time before I head to college!”

George Mulder (Pinocchio) – George is excited to be in his sixth production with Stages Theatre Company. He has previously appeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Little Mermaid, Jr., Junie B. Jones the Musical, and Annie, Jr. He has also appeared in productions with Minnetonka Theatre and Eden Prairie High School. He recently graduated from Eden Prairie High School, and this fall he will be attending Indiana University-Bloomington to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre. “I’d like to thank my friends and family for supporting me in all I do and encouraging me to push myself.”

Matt Ouren (Lord Farquaad / Papa Ogre) – Matt is back on the stage at Stages Theatre Company. This is Matt’s 15th show with Stages Theatre Company. He has previously appeared in Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Number the Stars, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Duck for President, Giggle Giggle Quack, Cathy’s Creek and Lord of the Flies, to name a few. Matt has also performed with various theaters in the Twin Cities. When he is not on stage he can be found in the Stages Box Office or teaching 4-6 year olds about the wonderful world of theatre.

Brittany Parker (Dragon / Mama Ogre) – Brittany is so happy to be back at her second home, Stages Theatre Company! This will be her fifth production, previously appearing in Junie B. Jones the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Jr. The Wiz, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Previous credits include: History Theatre, Park Square, Children’s Theater Company, Yellow Tree Theater, Artistry, Walking Shadow, Old Log Theater, Plymouth Playhouse, Troupe America, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Imagination Stage, Climb Theater and Actors Theater of MN. Big love to my family, Greg, and my stinky dog, Dajah. “Love you morest.”

Rhianna Picht (Wicked Witch / Fiona Ogress Double) – We are excited to have Rhianna back in her 13th production with Stages Theater Company.  She previously appeared in Annie Jr, Cinder Edna, The Wiz, The Little Mermaid Jr., Madeline’s Christmas, Duck for President, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Aladdin Jr., and Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Rhianna has also appeared in productions with Eden Prairie High School, and Eden Prairie Players. “I am excited to be attending Luther College next year as a nursing major. Thank you to my friend and family, and my STC family for supporting and preparing me for the next step in my life.”

Abby Reynolds (Dulocer)- Abby is returning to Stages Theatre Company for her fourth production.  She previously appeared in Velveteen Rabbit, Annie Jr., and The Snow Queen. Abby has also appeared in productions with FAIR School Crystal, Robbinsdale Middle School, Off Broadway Theatre, and the Fringe Festival. “I love Dancing at Escalate Dance Studio, biking and trying new recipes. I would like to thank my family for driving me all the time, and the cast and crew for making this show amazing.”

Hannah Seeman (Dulocer) – Shrek The Musical is Hannah’s fifth show at Stages Theatre. She previously appeared in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Annie, Jr. Hannah has also performed with Children’s Theatre Company, Minnetonka Theatre, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, Excelsior Elementary and Minnetonka Middle School West. Next fall, Hannah will be an 8th grader at Minnetonka Middle School West and is also active in choir and dance. “Big thanks to Sandy Boren-Barrett and my mom and dad and sister, Clare.”

Zachary T. Sullivan (Bishop / Guard / Knight) – We are excited to have Zachary making his Stages Theatre Company debut. He previously appeared in productions with Minnetonka Middle School West. Zachary enjoys playing the violin, and spending time with his friends and family. Zachary would like to give thanks to his friends and family for their support!!

Ellie Turk (Pig) – Ellie is back at Stages Theatre Company for her ninth production. She  previously appeared in Junie B. Jones the Musical, Annie Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and Seussical. Ellie has also appeared in productions with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. She would like to thank her sister, Maddie, for getting her interested in theater.

Alex Weiner (Young Shrek / Dulocer) – Alex is making his Stages Theatre Company debut. He previously appeared in productions with Chaska Valley Family Theatre.  Alex does competition hip-hop, jazz and musical theater with Dance For Fun in Chanhassen, and loves to ride his bike. “Thanks to JC for all your advice, and to Aunt Deanna and her friends for the special messages and for letting me see Hamilton on Broadway! Werk!”

Marin Wilts (Fiona) – Marin is back at Stages Theatre Company for her seventh production in Shrek The Musical. She previously appeared in I Like Me, Annie Jr., Aladdin Jr., The Wiz, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Marin has also appeared in productions with Shakopee High School. Special thanks to the director, Sandy Boren-Barrett, for her guidance and support for the last eight years and also to the stage manager, Cody Braudt, for being a positive role model and inspiration for her. Last but not least, she’d like to thank her family for their love and support through all of her ventures.

PHOTOS

VIDEO

SPECIAL APPEARANCES

Tuesday, June 27 : TODDLER TUESDAY at The Mall of America 10 AM & 11 AM

OTHER RESOURCES

Shrek the Musical is based on the book by William Steig. Before seeing the show, be sure to read the book or watch the DreamWorks movie. There’s even a DVD of the original Broadway production. Then you’ll be all set to compare what you see live with what you read in the book or saw on DVD.

FAQ

WHO IS THIS PLAY RECOMMENDED FOR?  ALL AGES!

WHEN SHOULD I GET TO THE THEATRE?  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. 

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW? 80 minutes without an intermission.

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC OF SHREK

Get a sneak peak of the show with the original broadway cast recording.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Fri 6/23 7pm
Sat 6/24 1pm
Sun 6/25 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance & 4:30pm

Wed 6/28 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 6/29 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 6/30 7 PM
Sat 7/1 1pm
Sun 7/2 2 & 4:30pm

Wed 7/5 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 7/6 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 7/7 7pm
Sat 7/8 1pm
Sun 7/9 2 & 4:30pm

Wed 7/19 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 7/20 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 7/21 7 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
Sat 7/22 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance & 1pm
Sun 7/23 2 & 4:30pm

Wed 7/26 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 7/27 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 7/28 10am & 7pm
Sat 7/29 1pm
Sun 7/30 2pm