We asked the team at Ogden Musical Theatre to give us the inside scoop on the first-ever performance of Shrek the Musical at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. And now, we can’t wait to see it. Here is what they said:
Q What are the important dates to remember for this production?
Opening night, July 29th- with an invited pre-event for invited guests. The show runs July 29-August 13th Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with two performances on Saturdays.
Q Is this the first time you have performed this title?
Yes, this is the first time we have performed Shrek the Musical.
Q Would you like to shed some light on cast members?
The casting of this show is incredible! Shrek, played by BJ Whimpey, Fiona, played by Samantha Allen, Donkey, played by Dre’lan Evans, and Farquad, played by Andrew Reeser, are all cast perfectly for these roles. The ensemble is equally as talented, which makes for a show that will leave the audience asking for more!
Q Any fun personal stories from them on auditioning for this production?
Dre’lan Evans, who is playing Donkey, is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and sent in his audition video after seeing an Instagram Story about the auditions. He’s spectacular, and we can’t wait to host him for his first time in Utah. We had a great group of children audition for the show, and you’ll get to see these talented kids in a slew of different roles on stage throughout the show.
Q Can you give us a few teasers on exciting things to expect?
We have a huge mechanical puppeteer dragon that has been custom-made for this production. When it takes the stage, everyone is going to be in awe. So fun!!! The beauty of this show is that you’ll see a lot of characters you recognize from many different fairy tales, the film, and then a few new surprises as well. Assistant Professor of Dance at Weber State University, jo blake., will choreograph the show, and you will not believe the energy he is putting on stage. He’s choreographed and performed across the country, and we are so glad he is sharing his wealth of experience with our audiences.
Q Is this a show for the whole family?
Yes, this is a show for the entire family. You will want to attend more than once. Shrek the Musical will have you laughing out loud, tearing up at tenderness, and realizing that acceptance of everyone is key, so be kind, as we all have a little freak flag to fly!
Q Can residents expect this show to sell out? Should they get tickets early?
We are a large theater, but we encourage people to get their tickets early. We have tickets on sale now at Ogdenpet.com
Q Any other fun things to look forward to with this production?
Everyone should be on the lookout for a “Master Class on Makeup” that will be associated with this performance.
We have a huge mechanical puppeteer dragon that has been custom-made for this production. When it takes the stage, everyone is going to be in awe. So fun!!!
Get your tickets to see “Shrek the Musical” at www.ogdenpet.com