‘I’m a be­liever’

Shrek: The Mu­si­cal wraps 2018 Quick As A Wink Theatre sea­son

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Quick As A Wink Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of Shrek: The Mu­si­cal ear­lier this month had chil­dren and adults alike mes­mer­ized.

With about 50 to 60 peo­ple in­volved in the show, Jean­nie Myles, who co-pro­duced the show with David Myles, said it was quite an un­der­tak­ing — but well worth the ef­fort.

She said while the pro­duc­tion wasn’t the theatre group’s largest un­der­tak­ing, it was a labour of love.

“It’s not the big­gest show that Quick As A Wink has put on, in terms of cast, but I be­lieve it’s been the big­gest un­der­tak­ing of a show, just in terms of ev­ery­thing hav­ing to come to­gether with the cos­tumes and the makeup and the sets and the props. I’ve been in­volved in a lot of dif­fer­ent shows and this has just been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Steve Roe, the or­gan­ist and choir di­rec­tor at Wind­sor United Church, took on the chal­leng­ing role of Shrek, the lov­able ogre, while Kate Hub­ley, who re­cently grad­u­ated univer­sity, was his love in­ter­est, Fiona. Alan Slipp, who is no stranger to Quick As A Wink Theatre’s stage, played the ex­u­ber­ant Don­key, Jemita Au­coin was Dragon and Isaac Payne por­trayed the larger-than-life Lord Far­quaad.

Phan­tom Ef­fects was hired to mold Roe’s head to cre­ate a re­al­is­tic Shrek pros­thetic. Be­fore each show, Roe was in the makeup chair for about an hour.

“It took them about 45 min­utes to an hour to get him all set up and then af­ter­wards, it took about 45 min­utes to get it back off of him,” said Myles of Roe’s trans­for­ma­tion.

On the days with a mati­nee and evening per­for­mance, it wasn’t un­com­mon to see Roe re­main in cos­tume.

“He was Shrek from about 1 p.m. un­til about 10 p.m. when he had it (taken) off, the poor guy,” said Myles, not­ing how well Shrek, and the en­tire cast, was re­ceived by the au­di­ence.

The mati­nee per­for­mances gar­nered more peo­ple than usual, with up­wards of 300 peo­ple watch­ing the shows in the af­ter­noon.

“We didn’t hit sell out but we had re­ally, re­ally big crowds, espe­cially the mati­nees.”

Myles, who has been in­volved with Quick As A Wink Theatre for about three years, said the feed­back has been amaz­ing.

The show ran Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 19-20.

Up­com­ing shows and events

Myles said she’s hop­ing the ex­cite­ment will con­tinue when Quick As A Wink Theatre be­gins pro­mot­ing its up­com­ing fundraiser.

The sev­enth bian­nual Winkie Awards Gala will be held Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at King’s-Edge­hill. The cer­e­mony, which fea­tures a silent auc­tion, cel­e­brates and thanks the peo­ple who vol­un­teer their time and tal­ent. The fundraiser will also fea­ture per­for­mances from shows held in the last two years, which in­cludes Grease, The Mu­sic Man, A Christ­mas Carol, The Drowsy Chap­er­one, Seussi­cal the Mu­si­cal and Shrek: The Mu­si­cal. Tick­ets cost $20.

Myles said she’s al­ready look­ing for­ward to the shows Quick As A Wink Theatre will be bring­ing to Wind­sor’s stage in 2019.

“We have a re­ally good line up next year,” said Myles.

In Jan­uary, the non-profit, char­ity com­mu­nity group is host­ing Oliver! and in March, they are putting on Baskerville, a Sher­lock Holmes mys­tery.

“In June, we’re go­ing to be do­ing Legally Blond and then in Oc­to­ber, we’re do­ing Drac­ula, which I’m su­per ex­cited about,” said Myles.

CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UN­DER­HILL PHO­TOS

Princess Fiona (Kate Hub­ley) and Shrek (Steve Roe) ar­gue over who had a more dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing via I Think I Got You Beat. They soon re­al­ize they have a lot in com­mon.

Don­key (Alan Slipp) con­vinces his new friend Shrek (Steve Roe) to let him ac­com­pany Shrek to Du­loc.

Princess Fiona (Kate Hub­ley) and Shrek (Steve Roe) share a kiss and Fiona trans­forms into an ogre. As they pre­pare to live hap­pily ever af­ter, they per­form I’m a Be­liever.

Lord Far­quaad’s in­ner cir­cle were con­di­tioned to per­form and praise his ideas or else face the ex­e­cu­tioner.

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