“Shrek The Musical” will be presented Friday and Saturday nights June 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m., with two Sunday matinees on June 12 and June 19 at 2 p.m.
Can an ogre, outcast since childhood and living alone in a swamp, ever find true happiness? The answer comes to life at The Everett Theatre in a live, on-stage presentation of the Tony Award-winning “Shrek The Musical” beginning June 10.
Directed by Chris Everett, “Shrek” runs two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights June 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m., with two Sunday matinees on June 12 and June 19 at 2 p.m. The show runs two hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
“Shrek,” a family favorite adored by children of all ages, is the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.
“Shrek is grumpy and tells it like it is,” said Mark Casenta, the veteran Everett actor who plays Shrek, when asked why people love Shrek. “His being alone forms the whole story.”
Mary Everett, who plays Donkey, said people love Shrek because “there are so many familiar, iconic cartoon characters in the play and the writing appeals to both children and adults.”
Mama Ogre and Mama Bear will be played by Morgan Wallace, a junior at Caravel Academy who already has a formidable acting resume that includes Delaware State Theatre and the Everett.
“Everyone loves Shrek because everyone knows all the characters in the story,” said Wallace.
Jason Zern, who has the physically challenging role of Lord Farquaad, said playing Farquaad is different than previous villain roles he has played. Zern previously played Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Everett and the Grinch in Seussical at Delaware Children’s Theatre.
“He is an absurd bad guy. He’s funny and evil at the same time, but I want people to like him, to see him as a sympathetic character. Shrek and Lord Farquaad have similar stories and Farquaad is like Shrek from Farquaad’s perspective.”
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
The Everett Theatre is located at 47 W. Main St., Middletown. For more information, visit the website, www.everetttheatre.com.