CHILLICOTHE – Shrek is love, Shrek is life, Shrek arrives on a stage near you.
The spotlight has been on and the Chillicothe Civic Theater is preparing to perform for the public for the first time since March 2020. With their return comes the musical version of the beloved film Dreamworks. “Shrek: The Musical” is an unconventional fairy tale containing important messages about tolerance, inner beauty, love and friendship.
“It’s just one of those shows that if you’ve got the talent, you have to do it,” director Tahrea Maynard said. “He has a lot of heart with good morals and a good message.”
CCT planned to do the production last year and opened applications for directors at the end of 2019. At the time, Maynard had taken a hiatus from directing and had never been interested in the series but decided on him. give a chance.
After viewing, she understood.
Drawn to the great comedy, Maynard was captivated by the lovable ogre and the gang of misfits he met along the way. Amid the crass humor and musical numbers, there are even valuable messages about accepting oneself and accepting one’s differences.
The show picks up on the nostalgic points of the film while also featuring new songs that echo the essence of the soundtrack. But it also pokes fun at other musicals, making it a great choice for novice and seasoned theatergoers alike.
Although CCT was able to perform “Blithe Spirit” in March via online streaming, “Shrek: The Musical” will be the community theater’s first in-person production since COVID-19.
For local comedians, that’s it.
“I haven’t been on stage since high school,” said Emily Schafer who was a choreographer and part of the ensemble and the Ugly Duckling, Captain of the Guard. After graduating from Chillicothe High School in 2019, she moved to Dayton. “I’m willing to make this trip to my hometown because of what it means.”
Other cast members are commuting from Jackson, Athens and Grove City, according to Maynard. She said it shows the commitment and dedication of the actors who translate into the show.
Rehearsals started in mid-May and the actors quickly worked together. In addition to memorizing their lines, they also learn numbers and musical routines as well as cues for props and lighting. The actors also wear several hats, helping to create and teach choreography and sew costumes.
“We have teachers and pastors, moms and dads. People of all sizes, ages and races. It’s so varied and they’re all thirsty for an outlet,” Maynard said. “It is such a relief to work those muscles again.”
She added that she felt lucky to even have the chance to host a performance as not all theaters have reopened. Although the Civic Theater could have hosted the performance at their Walnut Street location, they chose Chillicothe High School as the venue to accommodate a larger audience.
“Shrek: The Musical” will be played at 7pm July 8-10 and 2pm on Sunday July 11th. The live broadcast will also be available for the 7 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $ 17.50 to attend the show in person and $ 30 for the streaming link. For more information, please visit http://cctchillicothe.com/.
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