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 It’s a “big, bright, beautiful world” at Theatre Arlington

Shrek and his cast of fairy tale misfits are ready to take you on an adventure Arlington, TX, February 15, 2018

Theatre Arlington’s 45th Anniversary Season opens up a “big, bright, beautiful world” with their first all-youth production of the season, Shrek t he Musical Jr, based on the hit DreamWorks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig.

 For the stage version, David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music) share their award-winning talents to bring these characters to life. Everyone’s favorite lovable ogre, Shrek, clomps onto the theater’s main stage with his wise-cracking friend, Donkey; a young wooden boy, Pinocchio; three pigs; a big bad wolf and many other fairy tale misfits. This unlikely band of soldiers convinces the reclusive ogre to come out of his stinky but cozy cesspit to fight for his land and, in the process, save a rather feisty princess in the process. Of course, what fairy tale is complete, even a twisted one, without a hottempered bad guy, a fearsome dragon and other evil sidekicks? But they are no match for Shrek, as he and his hilarious pals share a life-changing journey together. As Shrek learns to open his heart to others, he teaches children (and adults, too!) about self-acceptance, believing in themselves, that prejudices hurt and that beauty is in the eye of the ‘ogre.’

Theatre Arlington’s production of Shrek the Musical Jr is directed by Cindy Honeycutt, TA’s Director of Education and Outreach by day. This all-youth musical is one of the largest youth productions the theater has mounted, with 37 actors, all aged 18 and under!

 Joining Ms. Honeycutt at the helm is Music Director, Benjamin Brown and Choreographer, Nik Blocker. This young and energetic cast features Michael Jay as Shrek, Sydney Dotson as Fiona, Konnor Sheffield as Donkey, Christian Arrubia as Lord Farquaad and Sheresia Goodspeed as Dragon. Rounding out the cast are Andres Reyes, Hannah Joslyn, Jude Lewis, Kylie Kimball, Warren Childs II, Mallory Gomez, Haden Strawn, Arden Carathers, Jeffrey Berry, Jr, Campbell Berend, Genevieve Milroy, Molly Chakery, Samantha McKechnie, Kathryn Rushing, Blaise Younkin, Law Peachy-Williams, Ceili Chester, Destiney Woods, Isaiah Robinson, Cooper Campbell, Claire Coulson, Avery Wilson, Emma Drago, Ruby Cox, Jordyn Clinton, Illiana Harper, Autumn MurphyPratt, Elena Olmo, Zoe Smith, Kenzie Stone, Eva Walsh and Corrin Pratt.

Production team members also include Ariel Donaldson (Assistant Director), Joshua Noel (Stage Manager), Jaylon Deveraux (Assistant Stage Manager), Anthony Curtis (Set Design), Bill Eickenloff (Sound Designer), TJ Haalu (Lighting Designer), Michelle Robinsons (Properties Designer), Robin Dotson (Properties Designer), Angie Glover (Scenic Artist) and Corey

Theatre Arlington – DreamWorks’ Shrek the Musical Jr DreamWorks’ Shrek the Musical Jr sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, will begin entertaining audiences on Friday, February 23rd , with a post-show reception sponsored by J. Gilligan’s with the cast and crew will immediately follow the show and will include dessert provided by Cooper Street Bakery, the official bakery of Theatre Arlington.

DreamWorks’ Shrek the Musical Jr is appropriate for all ages. All tickets are only $15. Performances will continue through March 11th with our traditional youth production schedule: Fridays at 7:30pm Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sundays at 2:00pm

Shrek the Musical Jr is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshow .com See website for more information and to purchase tickets: www.TheatreArlington.org Box Office: 817.275.7661 Photos by Eric