ALT invites the community to its swamp with “Shrek the Musical”
Amarillo Little Theater brings to life the Tony Award-winning Broadway adventure based on DreamWorks’ Academy Award-winning animated film, “Shrek the Musical.”
The musical fairy tale will be staged on the ALT Allen Shankles Main Stage from May 5-22. The production is PG rated and is open to audiences of all ages.
“The show is about letting your freaky flag fly and that every creature deserves a happy ending, no matter your shape, size or color, and the fact that it’s a comedy and a well-known story for Kids only adds to that message,” said Jason Crespin, ALT Manager and Artistic Director.
The story of Shrek is the story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey after being forced into it by an angry villain. Soon, the ogre finds himself alongside a cunning donkey and a feisty princess who resists his rescue, as he begs only for everyone to get out of his swamp.
ALT’s reimagining of the production will feature many familiar and new faces, including Hägen Hall, who will return to the stage for the first time in five years as the ogre Shrek. Hall also portrayed Shrek in the musical’s first production at the theater in fall 2013.
“It’s interesting to come back to it, especially because I was in high school when I originally played the character,” Hall said. “It’s really a different overhaul for us, everything from the live music that we didn’t have before, and the sets and the costumes. To be able to see him come together again, … that’s something that people don’t won’t want to miss for sure.”
Alongside Hall, the theater will present a new face with Shannon White, as she makes her ALT debut as Princess Fiona.
“Due to the pandemic, I haven’t done a real silly, fun, whimsical show in years, and the thought of portraying a character like that really made me want to audition,” said White.
“Playing Fiona is so interesting. …I’ve never played a princess before, but she’s not like an ordinary princess. She’s been stuck in a tower for two decades. She’s bonkers but also really sweet and childlike She believes in the fantastical and the weird, and that’s a message I wanted to be a part of,” White said.
Joining Hall and White on the ALT stage will be Kyle Gipson as Donkey, Dillon Kizarr as Lord Farquaad, and Aspen Younker as Dragon.
The cast also includes Beth Alexander, Christen Bernet, Grason Derington, Sarah Dunn, Emily Escobal, Chris Gandy, Hugh Fristoe, Megan Gore, Taylor Hall, Wyatt Hall, Colton Harada, Jay Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Saturn Horton, Gracie Hurt, Camron Kelley, Stephanie Kelley, Kallie Kilburn, Phoebe Laur, Zeke Lewis, Justin Loe, Kristen Loyd, Jeremiah Massengill, Gary Paul Moore, Maddox Nite, Bodi Parks, ShyAnne Peterson, Evelyn Reeder, Kierce Sanchez, Travis Tidmore and Alexis Williams.
The production will feature choreography by Crespin and musical direction by Jennifer Akins. Krystal Burns is assistant director, with Nikki Harada as assistant choreographer.
“During the time I prepared for this production, I could see that ALT is truly a family. I have never been part of a company where camaraderie and community are so present. … I’m so excited to see what part of the public is taking part in this family opening day,” White said.
Schedules and ticket prices for “Shrek the Musical” are available by phone at (806) 355-9991 or online at www.amarillolittletheatre.org. Discounts for students and senior citizens are available. Tickets for opening day, May 5, are two for the price of one.