KNOXVILLE — Rehearsals are underway for Shrek The Musical, which will be performed on Nov. 4-7 at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center.
This Broadway musical is being produced by Knoxville Area Community Theatre (KACT), in cooperation with the Knoxville Community School District.
Shrek The Musical tells the story of an ogre whose swampy home is invaded by a ragtag bunch of fairy tale refugees. In trying to get his swamp back he meets new friends, a few enemies and is ambushed by – love.
This stage production includes some music from the 2001 movie, but includes many new songs by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire. Lindsay-Abaire also wrote the script, for which he won a Tony Award in 2009.
In the KACT production the title character of Shrek will be played by Michael Howland, who most recently appeared in the KACT productions of Into the Woods and The Addams Family Musical.
Sara Collins takes on the role of Princess Fiona, Taylor Decious will portray Donkey while Troy Errthum will play the hilariously evil Lord Farquaad.
Other principal characters will be played by Jana DeZwarte, Rebekah Bennett, Rachael Stoops, Goldie Feldman and RaShaun Boyer.
A talented ensemble will portray over 80 characters from all corners of Fairy Tale Land. This hard-working group includes Evie Ethell, Hunter Piagentini, Mary Piagentini, Kadyn Boyd, Jennifer Bingham, Miller Feldman, Kristy Bennett, Phyllis Boyer, Lily Steenhoek, Mya Pearson, Amiah Keith, Tanner Errthum, Chloe Roff, Taylor Newendorp, Julie Collins, Katherine Nickel, Emily Humeston, Greg May, Willow Kam, Mary Kramer, Anna Sunstrom, Carol Adkins, Chris Meyers, Claire Schneider and Josiah Woods.
Production team leads for the show are Carol Adkins, Marty Adkins, McKenzie Niday, Troy Errthum, Al Vander Linden and Isabella Suhr. Jackie Duffy is the Music Coach. Other production team members are Greg May, Jennifer Bingham and Lori Pearson.
Shrek The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.