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Shrek is a family favorite in our home. The big green Ogre makes us belly laugh all while melting our hearts. I have seen all 3 of the movies and can’t wait to see this on stage oh yeah and the 4 year old will probably like it too. The magic of Computer Graphics (CG) comes to life in Pittsburgh tonight. If you haven’t locked down those tickets you better get on it. They will surely be sold out soon. For more in depth information read below. Hope to see you there!
Jul 15, 2016 – Jul 24, 2016
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 2:00 PM
2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission
ABOUT CHARACTERS Following Dreamwork’s 2001 film that gripped audiences with an unusual fairytale about an uncouth, green ogre, David Lindsey-Abaire (lyrics) and Jason Moore (director) conceptualized a retelling of the unique and heartfelt tale as a vibrant musical. Jeanine Tesori (music) joined the team in 2004 and four years later, SHREK THE MUSICAL debuted at the Broadway Theatre. At the time of its premiere, SHREK THE MUSICAL was one of the most expensive shows ever produced on Broadway, its budget reaching an extraordinary 25 million dollars. “Countless films of recent decades have set out to spin a gently subversive fairy tale with a contemporary edge, but few have succeeded as wildly as Shrek,” reads critic David Rooney’s glowing review from Variety, “Conjuring genuine enchantment without quaintness or treacly sentimentality, the 2001 movie enlivened its storybook traditions with rude humor, gleefully anachronistic pop culture references and knockabout characters brimming with heart. That recipe remains largely intact in SHREK THE MUSICAL.” SHREK – An uncivilized ogre, relishing his life of seclusion, who is forced to take matters into his own hands when his swamp is overtaken by exiled fairytale creatures.
FIONA – A beautiful, no-nonsense, princess “patiently” awaiting her knight in shining armor to rescue her from the tower she’s been locked in since childhood when a witch’s curse left her with a dreadful secret.
LORD FARQUAAD – Short in stature, but brimming with arrogance, this ruler of Duloc will stop at nothing to rid his precious kingdom of the filthy, fairy tale vagrants and rescue – via a surrogate, of course – a princess worthy of sharing his throne.
DONKEY – An incessant talker with a big heart and unwavering adoration for his new friends. Recommended for ages 3 years and over.
CONTENT SYNOPSIS ACT ONE: During Shrek’s childhood, his two ogre parents inform him that because of his looks and the stereotypes surrounding him, he will never have a fairytale ending. Now grown and happily living alone in a swamp, Shrek is horrified by the sudden intrusion of several fairytale creatures including Pinocchio, a Wicked Witch and Three Little Pigs. He discovers that the unfortunate bunch has been banished to his swamp as a result of Lord Farquaad’s evil decree to rid his kingdom of “freaks.” Shrek thus decides to travel to Duloc and confront Lord Farquaad about the invasion of his property. Not long after he sets off, Shrek rescues a talkative Donkey whose gratitude escalates into unrelenting friendship. Despite Shrek’s frustration, he agrees to travel onward with Donkey since he is lost. In Duloc, Farquaad tortures Gingy, a gingerbread man, into revealing the location of all of the remaining fairytale creatures. He is interrupted by a henchman who delivers his long awaited Magic Mirror. The Mirror reveals to Farquaad a beautiful princess named Fiona, who is trapped in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. He immediately decides to wed the princess, rushing from the room before the Magic Mirror can show him the rest of her story. A montage ensues of a young Fiona growing through teenager, to adult, and lamenting her quandary of being trapped in the tower. However, despite how bad things seem, she maintains a hopeful optimism that someday, her knight in shining armor will appear to rescue her. Shrek and Donkey arrive in Duloc and the initially dismayed Farquaad realizes he can use Shrek’s stature to his advantage. The two strike a deal: If Shrek rescues Fiona for him, Farquaad will leave Shrek’s swamp in peace. Thus, Shrek and Donkey set back out on the road. When the pair arrives at the rickety bridge to the tower, Shrek goes off to find Fiona while Donkey stays behind and encounters the fire-breathing dragon. Though the dragon is primarily interested in devouring him, he is able to charm her into tenderness. Shrek finally finds Fiona, who is frustrated at his lack of delicacy and romance in this grand moment she’s been waiting for her whole life. Regardless of his tactlessness, Shrek manages to escape with Fiona and Donkey in tow. Fiona demands to see the face of her rescuer and is baffled to discover he’s no Prince Charming. The trio then sets off back to Duloc so Fiona can marry Lord Farquaad. As the sun begins to set, Fiona insists the group finds a place to rest until morning and she finds a cave for herself away from Donkey and Shrek. Before they sleep, Donkey asks Shrek who he would be if he didn’t have to be an ogre anymore. As he answers, Fiona listens on and sings her own verse on who she would be as she simultaneously transforms into an Ogress – the curse that plagues her every night.
SYNOPSIS ACT TWO: As the group travels on, Shrek and Fiona compete with one another for most tragic backstory and bond over the fact that they were both abandoned by their parents. Their shared love of gross bodily functions also aids their budding friendship. Shrek’s feelings slowly turn from platonic to romantic as he tries to find the right words to say to Fiona. Meanwhile, Fiona confides in Donkey the truth of her curse and how it can only be broken if she’s kissed by her true love. She swears him to secrecy, even from Shrek. As Shrek returns with a flower, he overhears the conversation, but misunderstands Fiona’s words on being an “ugly beast” as being directed towards him. Offended and hurt, Shrek leaves. The next morning, Fiona gets the courage to admit to Shrek the truth as well. However, Shrek has no interest in listening to her and in turn, offends Fiona with his impertinence. Farquaad arrives and assures Shrek that the deal is complete. Though Fiona is far from smitten with him, she agrees to go off with Farquaad and marry him before sunset. Donkey attempts to explain to Shrek what really happened, but Shrek rebukes him, demanding he leave his swamp so he can build a wall that prevents anyone else from ever getting in. The fairytale creatures, now totally abandoned and fed up, join together and decide to storm Duloc and take down Farquaad once and for all. Donkey, however, is not so easily banished. Donkey is able to convince Shrek that what he heard was a misunderstanding, but stays loyal to Fiona in still not revealing the truth about her curse. The friends make amends and decide to rescue Fiona once more. Will Shrek, Fiona and the fairytale creatures live happily ever after, or will Fiona’s fate lie with Farquaad? Find out in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of SHREK THE MUSICAL, running July 15-24 at the Benedum Center!