Cast members of Curtains Up Pagosa’s summer production of “Shrek the Musical” are working towards perfecting the dance steps, blocking, singing, and acting as they head towards their opening night on Thursday, June 25.
CUP is well known in our community and beyond for their excellent summer musical productions, having been compared to some of the best of Broadway. With a starring cast featuring Jeremy Medina as Shrek, Johannah Laverty as Fiona, and Eli Velasquez as the hilarious donkey sidekick, audiences are in for another wonderful treat!
“Shrek the Musical” runs June 25, 26, 27 and July 2, 3, and 5 at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Evening performances are at 7 pm and the July 5th Sunday matinee is at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 (adults), $12 (seniors age 65 and up), and $10 for students. Children age 10 and under will be admitted free at the Sunday matinee if wearing a fairytale costume. Tickets will go on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office on June 17.
“Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 movie, “Shrek,” with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. The popular Broadway musical won twelve Drama Desk awards and eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.
The play begins with Mama and Papa Ogre leaving young Shrek alone in the forest to fend for himself. The world is too dangerous for this unfortunate freak of nature and he is encouraged to stay hidden. At the same time, the lovely Princess Fiona is taken to a tower in the forest by her parents to live a protected but lonely life and await rescue by her “Prince Charming.”
Shrek lives by himself for many years and has adjusted to a bitter life of solitude until he is suddenly invaded by a large host of fairytale creatures, evicted from their home in the kingdom of Duloc because they too are “freaks.” Not wanting his privacy invaded, Shrek agrees to go to Duloc and persuade Farquaad, the king-wanna-be to allow them back onto their land.
Shrek sets out for Duloc and along the way rescues a very needy donkey from Farquaad’s guards. The donkey gratefully latches on to the very antisocial Shrek, promising to be his trusty steed and show him the way to Duloc. Try as he might, Shrek is not able to get rid of the talkative donkey and resigns himself to this annoying but loveable new companion.
The adventure continues as Farquaad tells Shrek that he can have the deed to his swamp only if he first goes to fetch Princess Fiona from the tower to be his bride. Shrek must first overcome a fire breathing dragon in order to reach the fair princess.
Princess Fiona, who has read stories of princesses being rescued by handsome princes, mistakes Shrek, who is wearing a helmet over his ogre face, for her knight in shining armor. A funny, and seemingly unlikely love story ensues until Fiona finally reveals a secret of her own.
This endearing story is full of delightful surprises, great comedy, and a toe-tapping musical score that will leave you wishing you could adopt an ogre of your own. Mark your calendars and plan to bring your friends to enjoy another outstanding Curtains Up Pagosa production.