Every year, students at Connellsville Area High School anticipate the biggest announcement of the fall -- what the spring musical will be.
Last week, director Henry Molinaro announced that the students would be presenting "Shrek the Musical."
"It's a newer show, and it's an exciting show," Molinaro said. "I know that I have the kids to pull it off. 'Shrek' is a great story. It's a fairy tale that is a little twisted and will have a few extra technical things added."
The musical is closely based on the movie "Shrek," which was a commercial hit and critically acclaimed when it was released in 2001.
The musical follows the fun story of Shrek and his journey, with added fun and upbeat songs accompanied by an array of dance.
"The music in 'Shrek' is all types, and it's all upbeat," choreographer Deborah Luczka said. "And the dance opportunities are wide open. We can do tap, contemporary, polkas, jazz -- just about anything."
Another plus to the show selection is the size of the cast, which includes many of the best-loved fairy-tale characters of all time.
The Connellsville musical usually attracts about 80 to 100 students, and Luczka said that this is one show in which just about every student will have a character name.
"There won't be a big chorus or just ensemble. It's a huge cast," Luczka said. "Almost every student is going to have a character with a name, which is going to be great."
Expecting to present a lavish set and costumes, technical director Andrew Miller and costume director Carol Kirk are ready for the challenges.
"This show is very heavy on the technical side, and we are going to see some challenges," Miller said, adding that while they will not be able to replicate the rotating stage that is featured in the professional presentation of the show, they will find ways to bring the play to life. "We'll find other ways to do it."
Kirk said that while she may have to work on some of the main costumes, many of the others are ones that she can use from previous shows.
"I'll be pulling a lot from other shows," Kirk said. "We can also add characters that I have costumes for."
The show will be filled with wonderful song and dance and all the humor that made "Shrek" the phenomenal success that it is.
"It's such a good story with such a good message," Molinaro said. "This is one show that truly will appeal to everyone. The dialogue is great, and the humor is for every age."
The show will be staged March 6-9 in Connellsville Area High School auditorium.
Marilyn Forbes is a conrtributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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