Greencastle-Antrim High stages 'Shrek The Musical'
GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Hannah Salazer likes to stay on her toes.
Besides playing Princess Fiona in Greencastle-Antrim High School drama club’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” she also choreographed the show, and said she didn’t make it easy on her drama club co-stars, but they rose to the challenge.
“In my four years of working with high school drama, I’ve never seen such dedication ... in the group of kids that we’re working with. And it’s beautiful to see how willing and able they are to embrace their characters and they just really and truly stunned me with their dedication and learning my very hard choreography. They’ve worked so hard and I am so proud of them,” she said.
The fruits of the drama club’s labor will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the high school, 300 S. Ridge Ave. in Greencastle.
Hannah, who is headed to Muhlenberg College to study directing or psychology, added that all ages can enjoy the show, based on the hit 2001 DreamWorks film about an ogre on a mission to save a princess.
“I think it’s a fun show, and it’s family friendly and fun for everyone,” she said.
Senior Matt Mowen, who plays the outcast Shrek, agreed that club members have worked very hard on the production.
“We’ve been working since the beginning of January. We’d known what the show was and had auditions since November, so it’s been a solid five or six months putting hard time and effort into this show, four days a week from 6 to 8:30, and I think everybody here has put all of their all into it. I don’t want to sound self-entitled, but I think we deserve to be seen for what we’ve been able to put together,” said Matt, who plans to major in pre-seminary at Lancaster Bible College.
In the show, Shrek is joined on his journey by a wisecracking Donkey, who is played by senior Abigail Marconi. “It’s definitely a hilarious production. I saw ‘Shrek the Musical’ earlier before we decided to do it and I absolutely loved it. I had the best time. I remembered it years afterward, and it’s just one of those plays that’s fun for the whole family, so no matter what age you are, you can definitely enjoy it,” Abigail said.
And it comes down to Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and the gang.
“I just think the characters are very lovable characters and the jokes they make are humorous for any age group and relatable,” she added.
Abigail plans to study biochemistry at Gettysburg College following her high school graduation.
“Shrek the Musical” is under the direction of drama club adviser Kevin R. Carley, who also is assistant principal at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School. Carley said the storyline is basically the same as the movie version, which spawned a handful of sequels in the 15 years since its release, but adds music.
“The music is just awesome,” he said. “It’s fabulous.”