By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Madison Community Theater gave three performances of Shrek The Musical throughout last weekend at Morgan County High School (MCHS). It proved to be one of the biggest successes the Madison Community Theater has ever experienced.
“We had some of the strongest houses as far as attendance goes, thanks to social media and word of mouth,” said Kathleen Bryant, artistic director for the show.
The choice to produce SHREK was a collaborative effort between Bryant and Hal Pritchett, the director.
“We knew who was interested in performing in the show and chose a show that would feature some of our strongest comedic actors,” said Bryant of the decision in choosing Shrek The Musical. The production included 50 cast and crew members. Jeremy Skidmore starred as SHREK and Mary Katherine Skidmore starred as Princess Fiona. Fulton Pritchett played the Donkey, Jordan Richey played the Dragon, and Dalton Cady played Pinnochio.
According to Broadway, Shrek the Musical is “Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?”
The performance featured singing, dancing, vivid costumes, loads of laughs and a touching message. According to Bryant, the ultimate message of the show is one of diversity.
“I hope the audience took home a smile and an understanding that the things that make us special or different are actually the things that make us unique and strong,” said Bryant.
The Madison Community Theater’s vision is “committed to the development of local talent in and around Madison.. We strive to use local actors, musicians and technical crew in our productions. We are currently in our 10th season.”