”It’s a Big Bright Beautiful World” as MCT presents their summer musical Shrek The Musical. The show opens Friday, July 17 at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, Collegeville, PA 19426. The family friendly show, with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori is based on the 2001 Oscar winning DreamWorks film and William Steig’s 1990 book Shrek! In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when instead of a handsome prince, a grumpy ogre shows up to rescue the feisty princess. You’ll also meet a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of situation that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek! As the story unfolds, get ready for lots of high energy songs and spectacular dancing!
The cast is lead by Jude Adams (Pottstown) as Shrek the Ogre, and Nicolette Adams (Pottstown) as Fiona, the princess with an attitude and a secret. Brent Anders (Souderton) portrays Donkey, Shrek’s talkative pal, and Brett Kahn (Philadelphia) plays the villainous Lord Farquaad. The Fairy Tale Ensemble is lead by Evan McElhiney (Phoenixville) as Pinocchio and Vanessa Limbert (Norristown) as Gingy. Leah Stern (Quakertown), Caroline Lewis (Devon) and Lindsay Zimmerman (Philadelphia) together make up the strong and flirty Dragon. A large ensemble of Duloc Villagers and Fairy Tale characters rounds out the cast.
Shrek The Musical is under the direction of Gary Rantz (Norristown), assisted by Lindsey Root (Phoenixville). Ken Brown (Mont Clare) provides the musical direction; the show’s choreographer is Sally Rothschild (Wayne). The show is being produced by Barbara Cross (Collegeville). The set designer and construction lead is John Cross (Collegeville). Lighting design is being provided by Tom Dinnella (Eagleville), and the sound design is under the direction of Heather Bernard (Audubon). Jean Marsters (Collegeville) and Nancy Randall (Schwenksville) are the show’s costumers with Kim Paczkowski (Pottstown) as the stage manager. Props mistress is Anna Taylor (Pottstown) and the show’s makeup artist is Julie Kruk (Audubon).
Evening shows are July 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm. Matinees are on July 18 and 25 at 2:00 pm. New this year is a Thursday evening performance on July 23. All shows take place at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, located on 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville, PA 19426. The school is handicap accessible with an ample parking lot.
Tickets cost $13 (children and senior citizens) and $16 (adults). Tickets can be bought on our website through Ticket Leap (www.methactoncommunitytheater.org). Nonpaid reservations can be made on our website or by calling 610-489-6449. Tickets are also available at the door prior to each performance.