Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairytale comes to Annapolis as Children’s Theatre of Annapolis presents Shrek the Musical, a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. In anticipation of the popularity of this show, CTA has extended its typical run to three weeks in January, opening January 10 and running through January 26.
Featuring dozens of local performers age 12 to 18, CTA’s Shrek recreates the fantasy Kingdom of Far Far Away—with many hilarious, irreverent twists. Instead of a knight riding a noble steed, the hero is Shrek, a swamp-dwelling ogre teamed up with a chatterbox donkey. And the princess? She’s the slightly temperamental Fiona. After Shrek rescues Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower, the two fall in love before she reveals there’s more to her than meets the eye. Other fairytale misfits add surprises: from a Gingerbread Man with an attitude to Three Blind Mice channeling their inner Dreamgirls.
This entertaining, family-friendly show features a terrific score with 19 songs, including “I’m a Believer,” “I Know It’s Today” and “I’ve Think I Got You Beat.” After Shrek the Musical premiered in 2008, as the most expensive show ever produced on Broadway, it played for more than a year and earned numerous Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations.
Gerrard Alex Taylor directs his first show for the Children’s Theatre, while CTA veteran Jason Kimmell choreographs. Kimmell directed/choreographed last year’s teen show Legally Blonde and choreographed The Little Mermaid, Jr. CTA alumna Emily Sergo music directs with assistance from Laura Brady.
The musical features Annapolis High School senior Jonathan Moss as the lovable ogre and Arch Bishop Spalding senior Emily Freeman as the temperamental Fiona. Additional cast members include Michael Bannigan, DeMatha Catholic High School senior as Donkey, and Austin Dare, Broadneck High School sophomore, as Lord Farquaad. In total, the cast comprises 25 local youth from Annapolis and its surrounding communities.
Shrek the Musical runs from January 10 to 26 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis. Tickets are $12 to $15. Call 410-757-2281 or visit www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.