EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCurtains Up Players Brings Film's Favorite Ogre To The Stage
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Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
In a faraway kingdom, a beautiful princess is locked away in a tower.
And a handsome rescuer is sent to save her.
"Shrek: The Musical' takes familiar fairy tales and turns them upside down with the story of an ogre who becomes a reluctant hero, accompanied by a talkative donkey on a quest to save a princess who is more than she appears.
"People who have seen the movie and like the movie are going to love the show," David Vickers (Lord Farquaad) said. "The people who love the movie need to come see the show several times."
Kaitlin DeSpain plays Princess Fiona. But she's not the only one, as the story of her captivity in a tower takes place over many years.
"I've seen all the movies," Ivy Idzakovich (Teen Fiona) said. "I just really love the movies and since this is one of the first productions to be done locally it's just really going to be fun to do it."
"For Young Fiona, I just loved the Shrek movies and I love theater so I thought this would be a perfect thing to do," Brooklyn Nelson (Young Fiona) said.
The Curtains Up Players is the first local community theater group to stage "Shrek." Although it is a challenging show with elaborate costumes and ambitious scenery, the company snatched up the rights when they became available.
"We chose this because we're really kicking our educational outreach sector this year," Shayne Gue, the show's producer, said. "And we're going to have over 600 Cabell County students and from around the surrounding areas come to the performances as well. So, it was one that was really appropriate for school-age children."
Stocked with fairy tale misfits and featuring 19 songs, "Shrek" offers the substance of the animated movie with the immediacy of live performance.
Vickers said the show has broad appeal.
"We all can relate, one way or another, to discovering our own talents, our own self-esteem -- what makes up tick and then accepting who we are." Vickers said.
The Curtains Up Players presents "Shrek: The Musical" at the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center, 1030 Fourth Ave., Huntington:
Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 14 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 7, 14, 15 at 2:30 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets are $15 and $12 and may be purchased in advance here
Director: Holly Maynard
Producers: Shayne Gue and Cody Vinson
Musical Director: Michael Rose
Stage Manager: Crystal Clagg
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