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M-PHS drama presents 'Shrek The Musical'


Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Ricky Hoffman, foreground, who plays Lord Farquaad, dances during an April 21 rehearsal of the school's spring play, "Shrek The Musical."

Marysville-Pilchuck High School's drama department will put on a musical adaptation of the popular Dreamworks film "Shrek" for their spring play.

"Shrek The Musical" begins April 27 and runs through May 6.

The story follows the surly, isolated ogre Shrek as he is forced on a quest.

"He goes on a magical adventure with his talking donkey to get his swamp back from a totalitarian tyrannical leader," said student Skylar van der Putten, who plays the title character.

Student Elizabeth Price, who plays Princess Fiona, said the show has a lot of heart.

"A lot of the shows we've done in the past have the love story but not the heart, and this really has a good amount of heart in it," she said.

"I think the audience will like how the message of the show is to let your inner you out and be comfortable with who you are," said student Ricky Hoffman, who plays the villainous Lord Farquaad.

The play also features a number of different recognizable fairy tale characters.

"There are different fairy tale characters from many different stories and I think it's going to be enjoyable to see those characters come to life on stage," said Price.

"Each and every character is unique, and I think the audience will like all the personalities within them," said Chloe Larsen, who plays Donkey.

Larsen said she enjoyed playing the talkative comic relief character.

"I think there's a little of Donkey in me, so being able to put him out there is a lot of fun for me," she said.

She said that she really enjoys being able to put on some "goofy makeup" and make people laugh.

"Eddie Murphy has always been one of my favorite comedians so to get the chance to play sort-of-him is kind of amazing," she said.

Hoffman said he liked playing the "weird" in his Lord Farquaad character as well.

"He's so wild and very eccentric, so he's very fun to play," he said.

Princess Fiona is enough of a twist on the classic fairy tale formula that Price said she was a lot of fun to play as well.

"She's a princess, but also she's kind of not because she loves fart jokes and stuff like that. So it's great to don a tiara, but also be really goofy at the same time," she said.

The play is a musical adaptation of the Dreamworks film.

"It's not super different. It has some added music, but it's mostly the same," said Vanderbutten.

Price said that it involves a little more of the backstory of some of the main characters, but overall is very similar to the film.

Christopher Andersson

Various fairy tale characters dance in an April 21 rehearsal of one of the musical numbers for Marysville-Pilchuck High School's spring play, "Shrek The Musical."

Price also served as an assistant director and the choreographer for the play.

"I've never choreographed anything before, but I'm the one with the most experience so it was really fun to get to work with the cast on all that stuff," she said.

Other actors also said it was a fun play to be a part of.

"I like the fact that my best friend is playing Fiona so I get to play off on that," said Hoffman.

"The songs are really fun to sing and the acting is fun, but I think the people I get to sing with and act with are just nice people," said van der Putten.

"Shrek The Musical" will be held at the M-PHS auditorium on April 27, 28 and 29, and May 4, 5 and 6. The May 6 showing is a 1 p.m. matinee while all other shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children, students with an ASB card or seniors.


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