Somerset Parkland Academy presents “Shrek the Musical Jr.” – Talk about the park

Somerset Parkland Academy presents

By Sharon Aron Baron

Charter school Somerset Parkland Academy holds its first production of Shrek the Musical Jr. at the Coral Springs Center of the Arts.

Directed by Next Stop Broadway youth director Andrew Ramsarran, the comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek, who embarks on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that to ultimately succeed, Shrek must overcome an even bigger hurdle: learning to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

“The unique story of the discovery of Shrek encourages each of us to examine our biases, revisit what we believe to be our limitations, and work to better understand ourselves and others,” said Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theater International (MTI).

“The cast and crew of this production embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with different interests learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating toward the common goal of present this musical.”

Shrek the Musical JR. follows an ogre named Shrek who learned that “people hate things they can’t understand”. For many years, he has protected himself from the hurtful actions of those who fear him by living in a cozy cesspool.

One day, its peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairy-tale misfits – including Pinocchio, the ugly duckling, the wicked witch, Peter Pan, the three pigs and the big bad wolf – have been banished there by the wicked Lord Farquaad.

To reclaim his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to save the fiery Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance and hilarity.

With music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film and the book Shrek by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, ran for twelve months and received 12 Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including best musical. The musical was adapted for student performance by educational musical theater consultancy iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

Somerset Parks Academy Present Shrek the Musical JR. to Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at The Coral Springs Arts Center at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $10 for student tickets at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at The Coral Springs Center for the Arts. For more information, please call The Coral Springs Center for the Arts at 954-344-5990.

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Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is a resident of Parkland and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide information, views and entertainment to Parkland residents.

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