Shrek Opening Night
By Katie Lehan
The Seton-Elder performing arts series rendition of Shrek: The Musical opened on Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm in the auditorium. The performance is based off the original Shrek movie, but includes 17 modern song numbers and a few tweaks and turns. The story follows protagonist, Shrek, played by Elder sophomore, Anthony Ciarla, who is an ogre living in a swamp, isolated from the world. When Lord Farquaad, played by Elder senior Sean Feldman, banishes all of the fairytale creatures from the Kingdom of Duloc and sends them to the swamp Shrek lives in, Shrek becomes annoyed and angered. He then decides to go to Duloc to sort out the mess and get Lord Farquaad to allow the creatures to return to Duloc. On the way, he rescues a very talkative and upbeat Donkey, played by Elder senior Jay Quitter, who becomes his companion for the rest of the story. When they arrive at the castle, Lord Farquaad makes a deal with Shrek telling him that he will only give Shrek full ownership of his property if he goes to save his future queen, Princess Fiona, played by Seton junior Kalie Kaimann, from the dragon guarded tower. Shrek accepts, goes to the tower, and successfully rescues Fiona. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey make their way back to Duloc so that Fiona can wed her “one true love.” The returning journey includes action, comedy, heartbreak, romance and much more.
The transformation of putting the students into character was amazing. Their make-up was skillfully applied resulting in them looking like actual creatures, even up close. Their costumes were also exact to the movie version. The characters delivered their lines flawlessly and their behavior matched their words perfectly. The play was way better than anyone was expecting because the cast was not only accurate but added so much energy on the stage that the audience couldn’t help but follow and feel the emotions of the characters. Senior Marcy Driehaus, who played Humpty Dumpty in the musical, said, “Shrek’s opening night went unbelievably well. The energy from the cast and crew was off the charts and the audience being so receptive really helped with that. I had a blast performing for such a wonderful crowd. There is so much talent in this cast and I am so excited for the rest of the run and for many more people to come and see the show that we’ve been working so hard on for so long. It’s such an amazing thing to be a part of and I hope that everyone gets the chance to come see this fantastic production.” Administrative Assistant Pat Roos with the support of several others also commented on the performance and said, “I have been working at Seton for 20 years now and I can honestly say Shrek: The Musical was the best play I have ever seen Seton and Elder put on. The talent and costumes were so great that I think it could be performed down at the Aronoff. The staff and I found ourselves laughing today when remembering some of Jay Quitter’s-Donkey’s-lines because it had that much of a positive effect on us. I wish I could go see it again!” It was a great performance and definitely one worth seeing. A huge congratulations to the cast, crew and directors for creating such an awesome production!