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Camden High School to present ‘Shrek the Musical’

Posted 2/26/17

CAMDEN — From mythical storybook characters to show tunes and dancing sailors, area schools are to light up stages as they host their annual musical productions this season during Music In Our …

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Camden High School to present ‘Shrek the Musical’

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CAMDEN — From mythical storybook characters to show tunes and dancing sailors, area schools are to light up stages as they host their annual musical productions this season during Music In Our Schools Month.

Camden High School is to present “Shrek the Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

Tickets are $8 for adults and children age 3 and under are free. They can be reserved by calling (315) 761-3420 or by emailing musicaltix@camdencsd.org.

Set in a mythical “once upon a time” 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 creatures, such as Pinocchio, Cinderella and the Three Pigs, raid the ogre’s sanctuary after being 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!”

However, when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy tale creatures their homes back if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet he finds “something appealing — something strange — and something different about this pretty princess.” He likes her a lot, but why does she run off when the sun sets?

“Shrek the Musical” will be presented by Music Director Amanda Hughes and Dramatic Director Kimberly Bird.

Other producers: Pit Band Director Michaele Morehouse, Choreographer Dee Dee Knapp-Brody, Costume Designer Susan Teelin, Assistant Costume Designer Diane Lundrigan, Set Construction Director Steve Keller, Set Art Director Amy Andrews, and Producer/Business Director Kimberly A. Dean.

Cast members:

Momma Ogre: Dylan Isom; Momma Ogre: Cassandra Dolan; Papa Ogre: Dustin Gerrard; Young Shrek: Cael Sullivan; Fiona: Cecilea Mitchell; King Harold: Aaron Mundell; Queen Lillian: Taylor McVicar; Young Fiona: Kailee Waterman; Happy People/Mob: Jordan Babcock, Emily Bird, Madison Bird, Cassidy Diehl, Josie DePerno, Hailey Harris, Abigail Henderson, Gavin Hughes, Renee Hook, Maddie Johnson, Erica Lockhart, Dominique March-Rizzo, Harley Murphy, Nevaeh Myers, Ella Scott, Olivia Scott and Lillyanna Whipple; Guard: Roger Clark; Pinocchio: Terra Zook; Wolf: Brenden Correia; Pig 1: Anna Brukh; Pig 2: Alicia Hardison; Pig 3: Andromeda Yahoudy-Macner; White Rabbit: Alexis Renwick; Wicked Witch Emily Pitoniak; Fairy Godmother: Hannah Bretscher; Peter Pan: Catherine Seidl; Ugly Duckling: Emily Henderson; Mamma Bear: Anna Seidl; Pappa Bear: Dustin Gerrard; Baby Bear: Maya Koch; Mad Hatter: Abby Walker; Sugar Plum Fairy: Cassandra Dolan; Humpty Dumpty: Taylor McVicar; Elf: Mackenzie Kuc; Tinkerbell: Laura Chase; Donkey: Jason Richards; Captain of the Guard: Brenden Correia; Guards/Farquaad Guards: Ben Abrams, Kevin Gloude, Colton Parkhurst, Cael Sullivan, Jacob Symonds; Lord Farquaad: Giovanni Pippen; Gingy: Miigizheekwe Stobnicke; Greeter: Gabby Correia; Duloc Performer: Vivian Roser; Teen Fiona: Delainey Hebble; Puss and Boots: Grace Tucker; Puppets: Sydney Dean and Nina Horne; Duloc Performers: Ben Abrams, Jordan Babcock, Emily Bird, Madison Bird, Kiera Burke, Aziyah Calderon; Katiltyn Croniser, Gianna D’Amico, Kiana DeGroat, Josie DePerno, Cassidy Diehl, Arayia Dosztan, Abby Farnsworth, Kevin Gloude, Hailey Harris, Abigail Henderson, Ariella Holbert, Renee Hook, Gavin Hughes, Maddie Johnson, Wendy Kierpiec, Bella Keller; Maya Koch, Giani Liberatore, Erica Lockhart, Maya Koch, Giani Liberatore, Erica Lockhart, Emma Lundrigan, Dominique March-Rizzo, Lindsay Melacon, Sophia Moore, Harley Murphy, Navaeh Myers, Lyla Osborne, Colton Parkhurst, Leah Runion, Ella Scott, Olivia Scott, Cael Sullivan, Miranda Tutuska, Lillyanna Whipple and Katie Wilson; Bunny: Kitana Brown; Cow: Desiree Beyel; Dish: Emily Greenwood; Spoon: Kierra Connor; Antelope: Lillian DePerno; Knights: Hannah Bretscher, Laura Chase, Dustin Gerrard, Emily Henderson, Emily Pitoniak and Abby Walker; Dragon: Kendra VanAllen; Pied Piper: Jasmine Renwick; Rats: Hannah Bretscher, Laura Chase, Cassandra Dolan, Emily Henderson, Mackenzie Kuc, Taylor McVicar, Emily Pitoniak, Anna Seidl, Catherine Seidl, Kendra VanAllen, Abby Walker and Andromeda Yahoudy-Macner; Three Blind Mice: Laura Chase, Kendra VanAllen and Andromeda Yahoudy-Macner; Bishop: Guest Performer; Dwarf: Gianni Liberatore; and Duloc Select Ensemble: Hannah Bretscher, Anna Brukh, Laura Chase, Brenden Correia, Cassandra Dolan, Dustin Gerrard, Emily Henderson, Mackenzie Kuc, Taylor McVicar, Emily Pitoniak, Alexis Renwick, Jasmine Renwick, Anna Seidl, Catherine Seidl, Miigizheekwe Stobnicke, Abby Walker, Andromeda Yahoudy-Macner and Terra Zook.

Other area school musicals:

• Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School Drama Club and Music Department will present “Anything Goes” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

The school district will celebrate its 20th year of a show being performed on the V-V-S stage.

Tickets for reserved seating are $8 and can be purchased by calling (315) 761-8870, or by emailing vvsmusical@yahoo.com. The cast, crew, and pit band includes more than 65 students. 

“Anything Goes” is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Joining the love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

• Adirondack High School will present “Hello Dolly” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26.

• Oriskany Junior/Senior High School will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

• Rome Free Academy will present the musical “Grease” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8.

• Westmoreland High School will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock the Musical,” based on the Jack Black film, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 23-25, at the auditorium. Tickets will be available by the music department before the show or at the door. Cost is $ 7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Westmoreland will be the first school in the area to present the musical, still new to Broadway. Cast members are: Stephen Carr, Jason Crumb, Joshua Davis, Meghan Donnelly, Madison Garcia, William Grant, Arianna Granza, Abigail Hansson, Rebekah Hansson, Serenity Morris, Tara Quinn, Emma Riesel, Alexis Rocco, Max Shaffer, Emily Sturgeon, Emily Szmurlo and Hannah Szmurlo.

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