The bumbling green ogre Shrek, his love interest, Fiona, and all of their fun little friends are coming to Casper.
And the whole community, from antsy toddlers to senior citizens, is welcome to enjoy the spectacle.
Centennial Junior High presents “Shrek the Musical Junior” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the school commons/cafeteria area. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
“Our theater department is growing. We are continuing to grow our program and are very excited about the direction it is heading,” said Rikki Clark.
Clark, who teaches seventh grade language arts, and Kari Harris, a sixth grade language arts teacher, are co-directing the production, which includes 45 Centennial students.
Clark and Harris are assisted by choir teacher Aaron Brugger, in his first year at Centennial, and Allyn Bennion, who is Harris’ daughter and was Fiona in a Kelly Walsh production a couple of years ago.
The school held auditions in December and rehearsals began before Christmas break.
Seventh grader Brody Doyle is Shrek and a theater performance veteran.
His favorite part of the role is “being painted green,” he said, and the best part of the production is the “fun and energetic songs.”
He has performed in several Casper Children’s Theatre productions, and his favorite role to this point was Jafar in Aladdin. Fiona will be played by eighth grader Leah Rose.
Clark said Doyle will transform into Shrek with the help of both makeup and a costume. The cast is doing its own makeup and student costumers Micheala Kohler and Madison Lewis are outfitting the ogres and their friends.
The made-for-school production runs about an hour and 15 minutes in one act, without losing the essence of the hit film and Broadway musical smash, Clark said. Her own children, ages 4 and 2, will attend, and she would take them even if she weren’t involved.
“If they can’t sit still and want to get up and dance, that’s totally fine,” Clark said. “We welcome community members of all ages.”
Centennial Junior High School is located at 1421 Waterford St., off Centennial Hills Boulevard, east of Wyoming Blvd.