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2018-03-14 / Local News

'Shrek The Musical'

Sweet Home students to perform musical comedy
by HOLLY N. LIPKA, Reporter


Sweet Home students dressed as fairytale creatures will be performing in “Shrek the Musical” at Sweet Home High School. From left are Destiny Williams as an elf, Jeremy Vicario as Humpty Dumpty and Julia Galante as a fairy. 
Photo by Holly Lipka Sweet Home students dressed as fairytale creatures will be performing in “Shrek the Musical” at Sweet Home High School. From left are Destiny Williams as an elf, Jeremy Vicario as Humpty Dumpty and Julia Galante as a fairy. Photo by Holly Lipka Sweet Home High School will bring everyone’s favorite ogre to life with its production of “Shrek the Musical” on Friday, March 16; Saturday, March 17; and Sunday, March 18.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, “Shrek the Musical” tells the story of an unseemly green ogre who retreats to a swamp after being feared and mocked by the people and creatures around him. He doesn’t mind living in isolation, but one day, a group of homeless fairytale creatures invade his swamp seeking refuge from the cruel ruler of Duloc: Lord Farquaad.

Desperate for his peace and quiet, Shrek strikes a deal with Farquaad: If Shrek rescues the beautiful Princess Fiona, whom Farquaad wants to marry, then Farquaad will give the fairytale creatures their homes back.


Philip Martinez as Shrek and Alexandra Bastian as Fiona will perform in Sweet Home High School’s production of “Shrek The Musical” this weekend. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Philip Martinez as Shrek and Alexandra Bastian as Fiona will perform in Sweet Home High School’s production of “Shrek The Musical” this weekend. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Unbeknownst to Shrek, Fiona is awaiting her true love’s kiss in a dragon-guarded tower. Shrek, along with his loyal, but annoying, steed Donkey, rescues her from the tower. On their way back to Farquaad’s kingdom, Shrek notices Fiona is different from what he expected a princess to be and begins to fall in love with her.

Through high-energy dance numbers and silly jokes, “Shrek the Musical” proves there’s more to an ogre and a princess than meets the eye.

Senior Philip Martinez, who will play Shrek, said Shrek has struggled with the concept of tradition.

“For his entire life, he has been treated as a hideous monster. He lives his life trying to be what people say he is, when in reality, he’s the complete opposite,” said Martinez. “He just wants to be loved by people rather than be treated like a monster. It’s not the way he actually looks on the inside.”

Martinez enjoys playing Shrek because he is the actor’s “polar opposite.”

“I grew up realizing that I don’t have to be what people expect me to be,” said Martinez. “It’s very interesting to me because I get to act the way I don’t condone in any sense.”

Shrek’s sidekick, Donkey, will be played by junior Michael Parrizzi.

“Donkey hasn’t had many friends in his life, and he has a short attention span,” said Parrizzi. “He takes in everything at once. A lot of characters think he’s annoying, but on the inside, when Shrek gets to know him, he’s very sincere and down to earth.”

Lord Farquaad will be played by senior John Muff.

“I think I’m the tallest person in the musical, and I play the shortest character,” said Muff. “He’s very confident and flaunts himself around. I’m not like him in many ways.” Sophomore Alexandra Bastian will play Princess Fiona.

“Fiona is very upbeat and a bubbly character. She’s very sassy when she needs to be,” said Bastian.

Bastian’s favorite lyric in the show comes from the song “This is How a Dream Comes True.” Fiona sings, “I knew this day would come and you would find your way/ at last my dream comes true/ I knew, I knew, I knew, it would be today.”

“I think that really showcases her perseverance and how hopeful and optimistic she is,” said Bastian.

For seniors Muff and Martinez, this will be their last production at Sweet Home. They feel it’s bittersweet.

“A lot of people are sad and cry after a final show, but I don’t think that’s going to happen to me. I want to end on a positive note,” said Martinez. “It’s going to be emotional, but it will be a happy conclusion to our hard, stressful work.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens and students who attend the Sunday matinee will cost $5. For presale tickets, call 250-9848 or email sweethomemusical@gmail.com.

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