NEW BREMEN — Crescent Players will present “Shrek the Musical” March 12 and 18 at 7 p.m. and March 13 and 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. in the James F. Dicke Auditorium, 901 E. Monroe St., New Bremen.
Tickets purchased in advance cost $8 for children, students, or senior citizens and $10 for adults. They are available at the Minster and St. Henry True Value Hardware stores and at tinyurl.com/crescentshow. Tickets will cost $2 more at the door.
Set in a “once upon a time” sort of land, “Shrek the Musical” is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life, retreats to the swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: He’ll get their homes back, if they give him his home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, and finds something appealing, something strange and different, about the pretty princess. He likes her a lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?
The musical is directed by Holly Smith and Scott Keller. The choreography is by Mary Jo Baker and Hayley Richard. Isaac Gibson will portray Shrek, with Abby Brigadoi as Fiona, Caleb Francis as Donkey, Marcus Nitschke as Lord Farquaad and Brittnie Sites as the dragon.
Supporting roles will be played by Andy Bundy, Jessica Baker, Matthew Niekamp, Gretchen Dwenger, Rachel Niekamp, Vernon Bergman, Shirley James, Mark Siefring, Michael Key, Jenna Perry, Rachel Meiring, Rachel Post, Lauren Nitscke, Becca Blanco, Tatum Temple, Michaela Key, Nicholas Torrance, Katelyn Vagedes, Kaycie Wissman, Rachel Meiring, Lindsey Schulze, Alexis Heath, Jaylyn Albers, Genoa Arling, Riley Post, Alex McClure, Troy Dwenger, Haleigh Staugler, Alayna Albers, Jill Evers, Tanner This, Grace Schmiesing, Mary Schmiesing, Diane Huelskamp, Landin Boyle, Isaac Heid, Alex Muhlenkamp, Kieran King, Keegan King, Mark Siefring, Russell Heid, Mason Key, Charlie Schmiesing, Ethan Otting, Jenna Perry, Lindsay Osterholt, Robyn Lefeld, Mackenzie Bornhorst, Bud Preston, Ian Huelskamp, Ethan Huelskamp, Brett Ranly, Jeff Perry, Jessica Grieshop, Emma Muhlenkamp, Nora Vaughn Joseph, Kelsey Smith, Allison Grieshop, Aubrey Rammel, Breanna Romer, Rachel Werling, Brianna Wiedeman, Alli Wilker, Ansley Heid, Zoe Heid, Mia Hirschfeld and Jocelyn Shimp.
Chorus members are Emily Moeller, Becca Blanco, Journey Boyle, Kayla Metz, Gabrielle Wehrman, Mackenzie Bornhorst, Shaylee Boyle, Alivia Dammeyer, Amelia Dammeyer, Sarah Dwenger, Emma Eshleman, Elizabeth Garman, Ava Huber, Norah Lange, Grace Phillips, Hope Phillips, McKenna Tinnerman, Ava Trentman, Gena Vagedes, Sarah Dwenger, Alyssa Heitkamp, Allison Hess, Morgan Koverman, Payton Kunk,, Norah Lange, Anna Larger, McKenna Tinnerman, Ava Trentman, Brittany Walterbusch, Sam Baldwin, Casey Blanco, Mariah Boyle, Gretchen Dwenger, Aria Gibson, Calli Hemmelgarn, Will Hemmelgarn, Alayna Hogenkamp, Hannah Homan, Paige Homan, Natalie Hoying, Danielle Imel, Elizabeth Imel, Samuel Klosterman, Jeff Perry, Margaret Puthoff, Lily Rindler, Tracy Shelton, Karlee Staugler, Logan Klosterman, Ella Raterman and Tanner This.