A2CT Performs Shrek: The Musical

Fiona & Shrek – Photo Provided by A2CT

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will be kicking off their 2014-2015 season with Shrek the Musical from September 11-14. There will be 8p shows on Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 13 and 2p shows on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. All shows will be at University of Michigan’s Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

My husband and I have always loved the movie Shrek. In spring 2013, Pioneer High School Theater performed Shrek and we really enjoyed the performance.

Tickets are $25 for adults/$22 for seniors/$13 for students. Thursday’s tickets are discounted to $19 for adults and seniors/$13 for students. They also have a Family Ticket Package available for the Saturday matinee. The family package is $48 for 2 adult and 2 student tickets with additional student tickets available for $10.

SHREK ROCKS THE STAGE WITH ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE

Opening its 85th season, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will present Shrek the Musical at 8 p.m. Sept. 11–13 and 2 p.m. Sept. 13–14 at the University of Michigan’s Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Wendy Sielaff, this Tony Award-winning production is the musical adaptation of the 2001 Dreamworks hit movie, Shrek. Tickets for Shrek the Musical on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $13 for students. On Thursday only, all seats are $19, with $13 student tickets. The Saturday matinee has a family ticket price of $48 for two adults and two kids, with additional kids at $10 each. The family tickets must be purchased through the office, not online. All other tickets and information are available online at www.a2ct.org, through the A2CT office at 734-971-2228, or at the door of the theater before each performance.

Fiona, Donkey, & Shrek – Photo Provided by A2CT

In the musical, when fairytale “freaks” are ordered to Shrek’s swamp by the kingdom’s leader, Shrek does what it takes to rid them from his land and continue living his days alone. In return for rescuing a princess from a tower so she can marry the lord and he can become king, the lord promises to remove the fairytale creatures from the swamp. On the journey, Shrek meets a talking donkey, faces a fire-breathing dragon, and learns about love, friendship and the importance of inner beauty.


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Fiona & Lord Farquaad – Photo Provided by A2CT

Full of ridiculous characters, hilarious jokes and, of course, plenty of passing gas, this show is sure to have audience members of all ages laughing. But beyond the theatrics and dozens unique costumes, the director realizes the important transformation Shrek experiences throughout the show with the help of the rest of the cast. “He’s always been treated as a green ogre, and everybody has been scared of him, so it takes a village to let Shrek really know that he is a loveable creature,” said Sielaff, who recently directed the same show at South Lyon East High School after having it on her “bucket list” for five years. “Finally the rights became available, and I latched onto it,” she said. “I think it offers me a challenge that I haven’t had before.”

Jeff Steinhauer, who is playing Shrek, is excited to be cast as such a “loveable guy” in a show he believes has an important message. “The whole diversity message is really, really pretty powerful,” Steinhauer said. “Getting to know people for what they’re all about on the inside, as opposed to just what you see on the outside.” Sielaff said she is very happy with the casting of Steinhauer and is excited to see what he brings to the show. This is not Steinhauer’s first role with A2CT. Past credits with the company include John in Miss Saigon and Harold Nichols in Full Monty.

Other cast members include Katrina Linden, playing Fiona, the princess whom Shrek saves from the tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. This is Linden’s first A2CT show. Her past credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables. Arjun Nagpal plays Donkey, the talking donkey who befriends Shrek near the beginning of his journey to rescue the princess. This is Nagpal’s second show with A2CT, the first being Les Miserables as Combeferre. He recently played Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone at Spotlight Players. Nick Rapson plays Lord Farquaad, the insecure leader bent on expelling all fairytale creatures from the kingdom, and who plans to marry Princess Fiona so he can become the king. Rapson’s first A2CT role was as Chris is Miss Saigon. Credits outside this theater include Collins in Rent and Link in Hairspray. Tally Patton plays Gingy, the animated gingerbread cookie with attitude. Patton’s first A2CT show was in Evita in 2001. Roles outside this company include the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Holly in The Wedding Singer, Rusty in Footloose, and Linda in Blood Brothers. Linzi Joy Bokor takes on the role of Dragon, the fire-breathing dragon with soul keeping Fiona locked in a tower. Bokor has performed in several shows at A2CT, including one of the trio girls in the recent production of Little Shop of Horrors and Meredith Parker in Bat Boy. Other credits include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Rizzo in Grease and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Brendan Bachman plays Pinocchio, a comically obnoxious version of the classic character. This is Bachman’s fifth show with A2CT, past roles including Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, and Scott the Choreographer in The Producers. Outside roles include Pippin in Pippin, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Bobby Strong in Urinetown and Ash in Evil Dead the Musical, all with the Dexter Community Players. Rounding out the talented ensemble—including several families—are Brendan, Jennifer, Mattie, Charlotte, Delaney and Owen Bachman; Katrina and Kort Linden, Dana and Ethan Steiner; Annie, Lisa, and Mary Ziegler; Emily Letke, Craig Clark, Justin Dawes, Ellie Chessen, Brandon Waldenmayer, Jory Tracy, Wendy Krekeler, Katherine Greene, Alan Greenspan, Katy Rapson, Kyle Patton, Emily Clark, Emily Cooper, Joshua Reyes, Jeremy Klooster, Maximillian Ascani, and Ben Chambers.

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