If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a good show this New Year, plan to the take the family to see Shrek, the musical at Windham High School, starting this weekend.
The classic Disney production, adapted from the Broadway show, is being presented over the next two weekends by a cast of over 60 talented and enthusiastic sixth through eighth graders from Windham Middle School.
Shrek is a musical comedy under the direction of Mary Wassick, who said the selection of such a challenging musical production was made because the artistic directors had confidence in the talent and motivation of “these” middle school students. It is highly entertaining, a seamless theatrical production that is the result of work by 65 young cast members, stage workers and adult volunteers. The timeless themes and fervent performances will appeal to parents, relatives and community members of all ages.
What begins as a self-serving adventure ends with life lessons about real friendship and about judging others. Superb vocals (light jazz, soul and classic theater song), energetic dance (from tap to soft shoe) and bright, eclectic sets combine to enhance an amusing, thoroughly entertaining story driven by strong characterization: Brusque but big-hearted Shrek (Lucy Hatch); lovely and hiding a big secret, Princess Fiona (Chloe Cyr), the boisterous and charming Donkey (Angel Spiller); and the self-serving and devious Lord Farquaad (Denali Dieumegard).
“I think people will be surprised …(these kids) are incredibly talented, said Wassack.
Musical highlights include the soulful Forever and, performed in classical theater style, I Know It’s Today under the musical direction of Suzy Cropper of Main Stage Academy in Windham. A dynamic dance number, choreographed by Shelbi Wassack, is The Story of my Life, which captures the lament of all the lovable but misunderstood fairy tale creatures.
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“The entire show is fun and silly. And will leave you feeling happy.”