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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • 'Shrek the Musical' brings fairy tales and songs to SIC stage

  • What's your favorite fairy tale character? Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, Snow White or that irritable green ogre with the Scottish accent?
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  • What’s your favorite fairy tale character? Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, Snow White or that irritable green ogre with the Scottish accent?
    Whichever your pleasure, that individual is probably featured in “Shrek the Musical” coming to the SIC George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center this weekend. The show opens 7 p.m. Thursday and runs 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 2 p.m. Sunday.
    The play is being brought to the stage by Junior Falcons Productions, a youth community theater involving 65 kids from Harrisburg, Eldorado, Carrier Mills, Galatia and Gallatin County.
    “We’ve done it for several years,” Angie Wilson, stage mom and SIC Marketing Director said.
    Word about the auditions is distributed to previous performers, posted to Facebook and word of mouth. Held over the summer, the cast eventually comes together and the play begins taking shape. The cast has been rehearsing the past five weeks getting ready for Thursday’s opening night.
    "While putting together this show has been a challenge this summer, it's been a very enjoyable challenge for everyone involved, and I really think people will have a great time when they see the finished product," said director Hannah Naas Drake.
    “Shrek the Musical” was a hit on Broadway. The plot follows the story presented in the first “Shrek” movie with the addition of songs.
    Ryan Preci conducts the orchestra in the pit.
    Presenting characters from childhood, top notch music, and a stage of youthful actors, singers and dancers “Shrek the Musical” has something to interest all ages.
    The slapstick humor of Jayden Roper’s donkey testing the patience of Zach Mitchell’s Shrek is worth the $10 admission price alone. The price for students is $5.

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