The cast of Shrek The Musical were met with sold out performances Friday January 17 through Sunday January 19 at the Barn Players Theater located in Mission, Kan. The program with music by Jeanine Tesori, books and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, and based on the Dream Works Animated Motion Picture and the book by William Steig is a Barn Jr. Production directed by Jason Coats. Coats is the Education Coordinator for the Barn Players. "They are very creative with the plays," 10 year-old patron Andrew Dearinger continued, "they use a lot of imagination."
The musical opened on Broadway in New York City in November of 2008 and ran for 12 months. In 2009, the show won the Tony award for Best Costume Design by Tim Hatley and received seven nominations for other awards including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations among others. The production won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d’Arcy James), Outstanding Set Design and Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley) and was nominated for 10 other awards.
Adam Segura portrays Shrek, the large, green, scary ogre that goes on a quest for Lord Farquaad, to retrieve the princess he plans to marry. Segura was excellent in the role in not only his physical appearance, a superb singing voice, and an accent that provided authenticity to the part.
Alex Leondedis plays Lord Farquaad the very short man with large ambitions of becoming King. He does an outstanding job in a role that is extremely physically demanding. His costume keeps him on his knees, with fake legs hanging to the floor, almost entirely when he is on stage. He endures the difficulty on not only stage but also crossing the concrete floor where the audience sits. All the time enchanting the audience with a wonderful singing voice.
Veronica Wood, a sophomore at Olathe South High School, stars as Fiona the princess with a deep dark secret. Whether singing, dancing, or being assertive to the monstrous Shrek she provided a strong powerful performance.
Terrace “TJ” Wyatt brought a level of energy to the role of Donkey that led to moments of great laughter and enjoyment for the patrons. He showed he has a good sense of comedic timing and could belt out a tune that made it a pleasure to hear. Wyatt is a sophomore at Hogan Prep Academy High School and at his age has an abundance of energy, but I was nearly exhausted watching him run and dance around the stage.
Shrek The Musical plays through Sunday January 26 at the Barn Players. Purchase tickets by visiting the Barn Players website.