‘ Shrek Jr.’ comes to life

PGTC to present ‘ Shrek Jr.’ this week­end

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628- 6002

As­tory with a for­bid­den love, das­tardly king and damsel in dis­tress, and you’ve got the in­gre­di­ents for a fairy tale. Add a pariah ogre and an ob­streper­ous donkey, how­ever, and you’ve got “Shrek.”

The Pottsville Gym­nas­tics & The­atri­cal Cen­ter Inc. will present “Shrek Jr.” at 2 and 7 p. m. Satur­day and 2 p. m. Sun­day at D. H. H. Len­gel Mid­dle School au­di­to­rium, 1541 Lau­rel Blvd., Pottsville. Tick­ets are $ 15 at the door.

The mu­si­cal is a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Broad­way show “Shrek” and is adapted from the 1990 book “Shrek!” by Wil­liam Steig and the 2001 DreamWorks film of the same name.

The cast con­sists of 65 youth per­form­ers from the area, rang­ing in ages from6 to 18. The lead char­ac­ters in­clude: Leif Con­nor, Gi­rardville, as Shrek; Macey Mayes, Pine Grove, as Fiona; Ali­cen Hull, Ta­maqua, and Michael Spotts, Frackville, shar­ing the role of Donkey; Han­nah Kul­bit­sky, Deer Lake, and Ella Frantz, Min­ersville, shar­ing the role of Lord Far­quaad; Madi­son Eroh, Pottsville, and Bo McDon­ald, Or­wigs­burg, as Gingy; and Kelly Kar­povich, Or­wigs­burg, and Ava Frantz, Min­ersville, as Pinoc­chio.

The pro­duc­tion staff in­cludes Sandy Kost- Sterner, pro­ducer of youth the­ater pro­grams at PGTC, as pro­ducer and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor; Hope O’Pake, drama di­rec­tor at Con­rad Weiser High School and di­rec­tor at Ge­n­e­sis The­ater, Read­ing, as di­rec­tor; Ka­t­rina Calvin as chore­og­ra­pher; and Bruce Mar­i­anelli as mu­sic di­rec­tor.

“Shrek Jr. tells the story of an ogre who doesn’t feel that he fits in. He meets the Donkey and the sto­ry­book char­ac­ters who also don’t seem to fit in. To­gether, they learn about ac­cep­tance and em­brac­ing each oth­ers’ dif­fer­ences. As one song says, ‘ What makes us spe­cial, makes us strong!’ ” Kost-Sterner said.

She said au­di­ences of all ages are go­ing to love this show.

“It is such a feel good show which will have peo­ple laugh­ing through­out the per­for­mance. Peo­ple al­ways seem to root for the un­der­dog which in this case is Shrek.… Throwin an evil king aswell as an even­tual love in­ter­est for Shrek, with that love in­ter­est be­ing a princess, and it makes for a fan­tas­tic story,” she said.

Other up­com­ing mu­si­cals pre­sented by the PGTC in­clude “OZ,” a ver­sion of “The Wiz­ard of Oz,” with au­di­tions in De­cem­ber with the play to be held in March; and “Mary Pop­pins Jr.,” to be held in July.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the PGTC, its pro­grams, work­shops or shows, email pottsvil­legtcthe­ater@ gmail.com or visit the Pottsville GTC The­ater Pro­gram on Face­book.

DAVID MCKEOWN / STAFF PHOTO

Mem­bers of the cast of Pottsville Gym­nas­tics & The­atri­cal Cen­ter’s pro­duc­tion of “Shrek Jr.,” in­clude from left, Macey Mayes as Princess Fiona, Leif Con­nor as Shrek and Michael Spotts as Donkey. The show will be held at 2 and 7 p. m. Satur­day and 2 p. m. Sun­day at D. H. H. Len­gel Mid­dle School, Pottsville. TOP: Other mem­bers of the cast in­clude, Emily Hart, left, as teen Fiona; Mayes and Kenna Corby,

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