He's mean, he's green and he's coming to the Superior High School stage. "Shrek the Musical" opens Friday, May 10, in the Performing Arts Center.
Based on the 2001 animated movie "Shrek," the musical offers a mix of colorful storybook characters and catchy songs. It's a departure from the school's recent show picks, which included classics like "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Drowsy Chaperone."
"We thought we'd do something fun, a fantasy-type thing with fun costumes," director Cheri Tesarek said. "Something the kids can really embrace because they know all this music and this story inside and out."
The biggest challenge bringing "Shrek the Musical" to the SHS stage was the pacing.
"It's the toughest scene change I've done in my life," Tesarek said. "They wrote it like a movie script, so there's no room for scene changes."
Set designer Ed Johnson added wheels to most of the set for quick changes. Projections behind the action help set the scene to minimize the pieces students have to shift around.
Although most of the costumes are rented from Appleton North High School, Tesarek put her creative costuming skills to the test to create an original dragon. With drywall stilts, belly-dance wings and twirling flames, students will bring the beast to life.
Audience members can expect humor, music and dancing. Show-stoppers include Lexie Thompson's bluesy jazz song as the dragon and a tap dance number that opens the second act.
"They're so good, fantastic dancers," Tesarek said, and the students created the choreography.
In the title role is Matt Minor, with freshman Jackie Stumpf as his chatty buddy, Donkey. Sadie Hunter plays Princess Fiona and Matt Luoma is her villainous suitor, Lord Farquaad. The cast also includes three elementary school students playing young Fiona, young Shrek and the teddy bear.
Fairy Tale Tea Party
In addition to performances, the SHS cast and crew will host a Fairy Tale Tea Party fundraiser from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the SHS commons.
The event will include food, live music, entertainment, professional photography, games, crafts and a meet-and-greet with fairytale creatures from the show, including Shrek, Fiona and Donkey.
Tickets are $28 per child, available at our.show/superiorshrek. Funds raised will help cover the cost of the show, including the rental of costumes and projections.
A free student ticket to see "Shrek the Musical" is included.
If you go
Who: Superior High School
What: "Shrek the Musical"
Where: SHS Performing Arts Center
When: 7 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students; buy tickets at the SHS Treasurer's Office during school hours, at door 30 minutes before showtime; online at our.show/superiorshrek