‘ Shrek Jr.’ comes to life
PGTC to present ‘ Shrek Jr.’ this weekend
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.
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,