By Kelly Gallagher
Shrek the Musical is will be performed at Seton on April 9, 11, 12, and 13 in Seton’s auditorium. Final preparations are in progress as cast members enter their last week of rehearsals for the big show. The actors were casted in October and they have been rehearsing since January. This week is the first run through of the play that the cast will have with a live orchestra. They are running Act I and II as a whole. Monday and Wednesday is Act I and Act II while Tuesday and Thursday will be orchestra rehearsals. Friday´s rehearsal is for the preparation for curtain call, which is meant for the actor’s final bows at the end of the play. The cast includes 65 actors and actresses from Elder and Seton and 10 stage crew members.
According to Maribeth Samoya, music and theatre director, the rehearsals are going well but it’s just a really detailed show with all the costumes and makeup. Some of the costumes being used they already had, but they also had to rent a lot of them, which they won’t get until a week before the show.
Holden Kelley, senior at Elder High School, plays the Wolf in Shrek. He said, “After months of rehearsal, Shrek is finally starting to come together. This is such an amazing and energetic show, and with our first orchestra rehearsal going extremely well, I’m very confident that we’ll be prepared to give a performance of a lifetime come opening night.”
Samoya agreed explaining that they had their best rehearsed orchestra practice Tuesday night and it went much better then she dreamed it would. “The most stressful thing is that everything comes together,” explained Samoya. “It’s hard because everyone is a fairytale character so makeups a lot more detailed. The makeup will start at 3 o’clock on the Wednesday night show which starts at seven and the makeup on the weekends will start at 9 in the morning for the show that starts later that evening at 7.” When asked about opening night, Samoya thinks that people will be surprised with how fun the music is. “It has a rock and blues feel to it, almost a spiritual, gospel song.”
“This is crunch time; this is where things get hard. I think people”
“Shrek the Musical” performances are: Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. (tickets are $8 and general admission seating.), Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.; Saturday matinee, April 12, 2 p.m., and Sunday matinee, April 13, 3 p.m. (tickets for Thursday-Sunday are $10 and seats are reserved.)
Many are looking forward to see Shrek and best of luck to the cast who are putting their hard work and effort to make a great show!