MusicWorks' 'Shrek the Musical' Jr. begins May 5

By Music Works! Studio of Performing Arts | Apr 17, 2017
Courtesy of: Music Theater International

Nasty will be nice and Haywood County will be ogre-the-moon when MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts students present their production of Shrek the Musical Jr beginning May 5, as announced today by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).

The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

“Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical,” said Gershon.

Shrek the Musical Jr. follows an ogre named Shrek who has learned the hard way that “people hate the things they cannot understand.” For many years he has protected himself from the hurtful actions of those who are scared of him by living as a recluse in a cozy cesspit. One day, his peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairytale misfits — including Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf — have been banished there by the villainous Lord Farquaad. In order to gain back his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity.

With music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the book Shrek by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, ran for twelve months and received a total of twelve Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The musical was adapted to be performed by students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

The talented students from MusicWorks will present Shrek the Musical Jr. on May, 5 & May 6 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on May 6 at 2pm and 4:30 p.m.  The final performance will be held on Sun., May 7 at 2pm.  All performances will be held in the ”Out of the Box” theater at MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts, 99 Kingdom Hall Dr., in Clyde.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and may be purchased online at

The production is directed & choreographed by Lynne Meyer with Jerri Harris as assistant music director and Adriane Howard as assistant director.  The scenic design was created by artist Dedee Haas. For more information phone (828) 565-0381 or visit the studio website at