‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Friday


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The Princesses Fiona (Ada Blackwelder, Aspen Jackson and Cassidy Transou) sing about waiting to be rescued from a tower in Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical.”


Kitsey Burns Harrison | The Tribune

The Three Blind Mice sing back-up as Donkey shares a musical message for Shrek and Princess Fiona.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | The Tribune

Things have gone awry for beloved fairy tale creatures Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, the White Rabbit, Gingerbread Man, Sugarplum Fairy and more. They’ve been kicked out of the kingdom of Duloc by a short-tempered tyrant on a mission to find himself a princess to wed so he can become king.

What daring knight will come to save these fairy talk folk and the princess from a sad fate? On July 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 2:30 p.m., audiences will learn just what an unlikely duo it will take to save the day.

Foothills Theatre will present “Shrek the Musical” this weekend in Elkin High School’s Dixon Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Come find out what it means to be a hero who stands up to intolerance and embraces those who some might call freaks.

“There are many motivating emotions in life and one of the toughest to overcome is fear,” said Mike Cheek, who plays the title character. “Fear sometimes causes isolation, bullying, and often we attack our own unique qualities rather than celebrate them. Shrek is full of wonderful characters that all share their journey together on the path of discovery, self-acceptance, and unconditional love. Lots of laughs and greats songs come together to tell the tale. This is our story.”

Aspen Jackson, who plays the role of Princess Fiona, said the show has all the makings of a classic fairy tale, but with a fun and meaningful twist.

“Growing up, ‘Shrek’ was one of my favorite movies to watch. I mean it had everything you could have ever wanted in a fairy tale. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to play Princess Fiona this summer and really get to know the story I see that there is so much more to ‘Shrek’ than just your typical fairy tale story.

“‘Shrek’ is full of really important themes that often get overlooked. My personal favorite is self-acceptance. Princess Fiona and all of the fairy tale creatures finally realize that just because they are a little different than others around them doesn’t mean that they aren’t valued and loved any less,” Jackson said. “In fact, they even come to understand that it is because of their individuality that they are loved. I think that this is a theme that will always be relevant to society, but is often forgotten. I am really excited for our shows this weekend because it will allow all of us a cast to help remind people that no matter who they are or where they come from that they are worth so much more than they could ever imagine.”

The story is one that all ages can identify with, said Scott Carpenter, who plays the role of Donkey, Shrek’s loyal companion.

“If I had to sum up the themes that ‘Shrek the Musical’ sends, I feel it is two things: 1. the need for both self-acceptance and accepting others, and 2., how scary it can be to let someone else in. The good thing about this show is whether you are 5 or 65, these two themes are relevant!” Carpenter said.

The cast also includes Morgan Harrison as Lord Farquaad, Nicole Freeman as Dragon and Mama Ogre, Dustin Bledsoe as Gingy, Addison Blackwelder as Pinocchio and Knight, Aaron Blackwelder as Big Bad Wolf, Ada Blackwelder as Little Fiona, Little Pig and Rat, Mary Keller as Mama Bear and Queen Lillian, James Freeman as Papa Bear and King Harold, Abbigale Church as Baby Bear and Rat, Jordan Holleman as White Rabbit and Rat, Lucas Keller as Mad Hatter and Knight, Eli Powell as Humpty Dumpty and Knight, Paul Grider as Bishop, Thelonius and Knight, Cassidy Transou as Teen Fiona, Sugar Plum Fairy and Blind Mouse, Sandra Hammesfahr as Wicked Witch and Blind Mouse, Kitsey Harrison as Fairy Godmother, Brian Horton as Pied Piper and Guard, Henry Freeman as Guard Captain, Grace Harrison as Ugly Duckling, Jamie Hearl as Little Pig, Solana Transou as Peter Pan, Sadie Keller as Little Pig and Rat, Wesley Holbrook as Little Shrek, Dwarf, Rat and Guard, Knox Jackson as Elf, Rat and Guard, Brylee Ange as Red Bird, Cow and Rat, Shayla Ange as Little Bunny and Rat, Dani Jo Hearl as Moon and Rat, Lyla Church as Spoon and Rat, Molly Gibson as Duloc Dancer and Newell Hauser as Papa Ogre and Guard.

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The Princesses Fiona (Ada Blackwelder, Aspen Jackson and Cassidy Transou) sing about waiting to be rescued from a tower in Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical.”
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6139_formatted.jpgThe Princesses Fiona (Ada Blackwelder, Aspen Jackson and Cassidy Transou) sing about waiting to be rescued from a tower in Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical.” Kitsey Burns Harrison | The Tribune

The Three Blind Mice sing back-up as Donkey shares a musical message for Shrek and Princess Fiona.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_6162_formatted.jpgThe Three Blind Mice sing back-up as Donkey shares a musical message for Shrek and Princess Fiona. Kitsey Burns Harrison | The Tribune

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