WAKEFIELD – Contact the box office or purchase your ticket online for “Shrek The Musical” before they sell out.
This will be the second production of “Season 2021: Live, Love, Laugh!” put on by the Little Red Hen Theatre in Wakefield from Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, July 18. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure and is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. New songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Managing Director, Adam Goos said the entire season of shows had a goal to bring community members together as Shrek recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of the film.
“This production is a fantastic re-creation of that film on stage; live with actors,” said Goos. “It’s hilarious like the original film is, the characters are fantastic, it’s just got wonderful music to go with it and just a lot of heart. It’s a really fun show just to sit back and take in.”
Shrek is the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue.
Over 43 performers make up the production of Shrek with ages ranging from six years old to mid-60s along with another 15 – 20 individuals working behind the scene.
Zach Chromy is playing Shrek in the upcoming production. He is from Schuyler and will be a junior at Wayne State College. Chromy added he started doing on-stage theatre once he came to Wayne.
“But I’ve been a bit part of it since I got here,” Chromy added. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve kind of fallen in love with it. So, this Summer I was looking for a place to keep working on it and I found Adam and they kind of took me in and they’re shaping me up and painting me green; a lot of painting me green.”
Cost for tickets is $8 for seniors and students and $10 for adults.
The mission of Little Red Hen Theatre is to provide quality arts experiences for northeast Nebraska through participation in live theatrical productions, educational opportunities and other cultural and community offerings.
After taking a short break following the upcoming production of Shrek, the Little Red Hen Theatre will be hosting another education experience in late August, early September.
“We’re going to working with some people from outside the area who are going to come in and help us learn about Shakespeare,” Goos mentioned. “So, we’re planning to do a couple outdoor performances of some Shakespeare-adapted scenes; that’s going to be the first weekend in September that we’re going that.”
A murder-mystery dinner will also be held in October while Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal will be in Wakefield in November.
The “Season 2021: Live, Love, Laugh!” will conclude in December with “A Very Die-Hard Christmas”.
Those interested in purchasing tickets or for more information should call 402-287-2818 or visit www.littleredhentheatre.com.
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