MC Theatre Department to present “Shrek the Musical” March 27-29 

MC Theatre Department to present “Shrek the Musical” March 27-29

Dec. 11, 2019

The Maryville College Theatre Department will present the musical fairy tale “Shrek the Musical” March 27-29, 2019.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 27 and 2 p.m. March 28-29 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (ages 60 and older), theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. MC students, faculty and staff are admitted free, although a printed ticket is required for admission. For tickets, please visit the Clayton Center Box Office online or call 865.981.8590. 

“Shrek the Musical,” based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture and book by William Steig, was originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions. The original book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, and the music is by Jeanine Tesori.

The Maryville College production is directed by Doug James, and Melony Dodson is the musical director.

“Shrek the Musical” is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. With dazzling sets, whimsical puppetry, high energy dance numbers, and laughs by the minute, “Shrek the Musical” transforms the contemporary children’s book and popular animated feature film into a stage musical that is sure to entertain and make audiences believers in happy endings for all.

The musical follows grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek, who lives alone in his swamp. The world is fearful and mocking of him, and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself. Suddenly, his hermit existence is thrown open, when a group of homeless fairy tale characters — Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs, and more — burst upon his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad. Shrek seeks out Farquaad, who offers him a deal: if Shrek rescues the Princess Fiona (whom Farquaad wishes to marry for her crown), then Farquaad will ensure the return of Shrek’s swamp by returning the fairy tale creatures to their homes.

In a desperate attempt to regain his swamp’s hermetic piece, Shrek enters the world for the first time in his life. He travels to Princess Fiona’s prison, rescues her from a fire-breathing dragon, and then – scariest of all – is forced to get to know the princess as he tries to bring her back to evil Farquaad. To the determinedly unsocial ogre’s dismay, Fiona is very different from what he expected a princess to be. She may even provoke Shrek’s most novel experience yet: love.

The cast includes: Justin Glinn as Shrek; Haylee Wilson as Fiona; David Hutto as Donkey; Jeremy Hall as Farquaad, the Mouse King and Papa Ogre; Hannah White as Dragon and Mama Ogre; Ashley Blair as Teen Fiona; Millie Rochelle as Young Fiona; Andrew Simmons as Young Shrek and Grumpy/Dwarf; Suzanna Dye as Gingy, Rat, Three Blind Mice, Duloc Dancer and Skeleton; Micah Sharp as Sugar Plum Fairy and Rat; Chris Sullivan as Pinocchio; Chris Rodriguez as Big Bad Wolf, Duloc Dancer, Back-Up Knight; Brant Shepherd as Pig 1, Duloc Dancer and Back-Up Knight; Cameron Freshour as Pig 2, Duloc Dancer, Back-Up Knight and Pied Piper; Rylee Thames as Pig 3 and Back-Up Knight; Gracie Ball as White Rabbit, Duloc Dancer, Townsperson, Dragon Puppeteer and Puppeteer in Travel Song; Brittany Barthelmess as Fairy Godmother, Duloc Dancer and Rat; Lucas Gasche as Peter Pan, Townsperson, Dragon Puppeteer and Puppeteer in Travel Song; Allison Parton as Wicked Witch, Duloc Dancer, Skeleton and Rat; Hudson Perrine as Ugly Duckling and Townsperson; Brian Cooney as Father Bear, Captain of the Guard, Townsperson and Thelonius; Kara Van Veghel as Mother Bear, Three Blind Mice, Townsperson and Rat; Lilly Potter as Baby Bear, Townsperson, Dragon Puppeteer, Puppeteer in Travel Song and Fiona Body Double; Dionysi Siopsis as Mad Hatter, Duloc Dancer, Duloc Greeter; Savannah Spangler as Elf; Lisa Howard as Tweedle Dee, Rat and Queen Lillian; Elizabeth Brennaise as Tweedle Dum; Bailee Burleson as Queen of Hearts, Duloc Dancer, Skeleton, Townsperson and Puppeteer in Travel Song; MacKenzie Strader as Rat, Three Blind Mice, Duloc Dancer and Skeleton; Matt Lyscas as King Harold; Aaron Caps as Bishop, Townsperson, Dragon Puppeteer and Puppeteer in Travel Song; and Makayla Nance as Mother Goose, Townsperson and Puppeteer in Travel Song.

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”