MANSON - Manson's musical will be a little green this year.
Manson Northwest Webster will present "Shrek The Musical" starting Friday at the high school.
The fractured fairy tale was picked for its appeal to all age groups, said director Aaron Fitzgerald.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Fiona, played by Anna Pedersen, gets cozy with Shrek, portrayed by Brandon Hall as they rehearse for the Manson Northwest Webster production of “Shrek The Musical” recently.
"As this is my first year at Manson, I wanted to do one everybody would be familiar with," Fitzgerald said. "The costuming and set design are really fun and expansive."
The colorful costumes were rented from a community theater in Minnesota, he said. Learning to work in them has proved to be a challenge for some actors, as has creating the set of Shrek's fantasy world.
"With a small, 2A school, you're always going to have challenges with presenting a set that's worthy of a show like this production. We're using the resources we have to the best of our ability," Fitzgerald said. "We just have to be innovative about the ways we're approaching building our set, and our lighting scheme, and all that."
If you go:
Who: Manson Northwest Webster students
What: Shrek The Musical
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. March 30.
Where: Manson Northwest Webster High School.
Cost:$6 for adults; $4 for students.
'Shrek The Musical' cast list
Shrek - Brandon H.
Young Shrek - Brian Pierson
Fiona - Anna Pedersen
Teen Fiona - Abigail Sturgeon
Young Fiona - Rachel Nickles
Papa Ogre - Josh Neuman
Papa Bear - Josh Neuman
Mama Ogre - Shelby Quade
Mama Bear - Shelby Quade
King Herald - Walker Roberts; Matt Johnson
Bishop - Walker Roberts; Brian Pearson
Queen Lillian - Emma Witham
Wicked Witch - Emma Witham
Donkey - Lucy Besch
Pinocchio - Devin Kirchoff
Farquaad - Justin Moody
Gingy - Kathryn Keller
Bluebird - Kathryn Keller
Fairy Godmother - Kathryn Keller
3 Blind Mice - Elsa Martens, Abby Sturgeon, Rachel Nickles
Sugar Plum Fairy - Elsa Martens
Humpty Dumpty - Taylor McMannus
Dragon - Katelyn Jacobsen
Guard Captain - Heath Nimke
Shoemaker's Elf - Molly Johnson
Greeter - Brandon Bower
White Rabbit - Brandon Bower
Mad Hatter - Brandon King
Pied Piper - Brandon King
Ugly Duckling - Morgan Estergaard
Mouse Dancers (no vocals) - Katelyn Jacobsen, Emma Simpson , Alex Jones, Madison Moser
Lead Duloc Performer - Emma Witham
Duloc Performers - Emma Simpson, Maddison Moser, Katelyn Jacobsen, Emma Witham, Missy Byrne, Liz Stange, Alex Jones
3 Pigs - Adam Byrne, Matt Johnson, Adam Siepker
Big Bad Wolf - Dylan Rhea
Guards/Knights - Brandon King, Braden Moser Thomas McColley, Walker Roberts
Peter Pan - Rebecca Ellefson
Gnome - Heath Nimke
Thelonius - Braden Moser
Baby Bear - Macey Lewis
Deer - Jocelyn Keller
Villager - Ashley Hisler
Becca Ellefson - French Horn
Noah Larson - Trombone
Jocelyn Keller - Picc/Flute
Henry Besch - Trumpet
John Merritt - Percussion
Brad Bleam - Bass Guitar
Chace - Saxophone
Aaron Fitzgerald - Piano
Megan Benz - Conductor
In addition to the angry multilayered ogre, the fast-talking donkey and the princess with an "ugly" secret, the musical adds in even more fairy-tale creatures than were found in the movie - such as the Mad Hatter, the white rabbit and the pied piper.
It also provides scenes from Shrek's and Fiona's childhoods, and reveals Lord Farquaad's father.
"As far as the fairy-tale creatures, they're all creatures we've seen in the film. It's just now we're accenting their own personal stories," said Fitzgerald.
"The fairy-tale creatures have a number where they talk about the story of their life, and the struggles they've endured, being kicked out of Dulac and into a swamp."
Fitzgerald enjoys those scenes a lot, he said.
"I think there's such a large variety of students that I'm working with. Some of the students aren't in choir," he said. "Some of them have never been involved with dance or any fine arts group, and yet they're coming into it and bringing a unique perspective and unique experience."
This is Fitzgerald's first year with MNW, where he directs the junior and senior high choir. Last year he taught vocal and general music for pre-k through 12 at Moravia.
"It's nice to be more focused on specific grade levels. I've always been more interested in the junior high and the high school," he said. "This has been a good opportunity for me to focus on those upper grade levels, where I've wanted to teach all along."