Take a Romp in the Swamp During HPCT’s "Shrek JR”


(L-R) Donkey (Kimberly Yokley), Fiona (Katie Pelikan), Shrek (Chandler Fields) and Gingy (Katie Whittington) star in HPCT's "Shrek JR: The Musical" Nov. 3-6.

Image courtesy of High Point Community Theatre

High Point Community Theatre’s (HPCT) Youth Stage is set to perform "Shrek JR: The Musical" Nov. 4-6 at High Point's Centennial Station Arts Center. 

The 75-minute production is an abbreviated version of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2009. It follows the story of one very grumpy ogre, Shrek, who lives alone in a swamp. When the insecure and conniving Lord Farquaad expels all of the fairy tale characters from his kingdom, Shrek is forced into an epic adventure that will see him joined by an over-enthusiastic talking Donkey and a not-so-by-the-book Princess Fiona, who has has a secret or two up her sleeve. Perfect for children and families, "Shrek JR: The Musical" combines child-friendly humor, colorful characters and fun music for an event that entertains all ages.

“Shrek is a story about friendship, loyalty and embracing yourself and all of your quirks," says Director Luke Powell, who also noted that he wanted to approach this production as a story, not simply as a stage version of the movie. “The story of Shrek and his newfound friends is a fairytale, and we approached as a retelling of this fairytale.”

Forty-two Triad area children, ranging in age from 7 to 17, make up the cast.

“We’ve got an incredibly talented cast for this show,” says Music Director and HPCT Vice-President Courtney Lowe. “This music is relatively complex for a children’s production and these young men and women are doing some wonderful things with it." 

The Youth Stage will provide audiences four opportunities to see the production during the first weekend of November. Performances are this Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5  at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. All performances will be at Centennial Station Arts Center in High Point.

About High Point Community Theatre
High Point Community Theatre (HPCT) is 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. HPCT is entering its 41st year of bringing quality live theater to High Point and the surrounding areas. HPCT’s Youth Stage was founded in 2015 as the children’s theater branch of the organization. It was created to provide area children more opportunities to become involved with community theater. Visit hpct.net for more information.

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