On Stage: 'Shrek' on stage through July 21 at Main Street Youth Theatre

features@islandpacket.comJuly 4, 2013 

Emily Iocovozzi plays Fiona and Bryce Cofield is Shrek in the Main Street Youth Theatre production of "Shrek."

  • IF YOU GO

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays July 3-21

    WHERE: Main Street Youth Theatre, 3000 Main. St., Hilton Head Island

    COST: $25 for adults; $15 for children and students. Group rates are available for 10 or more.

    DETAILS: 843-689-6246, www.msyt.org

Director: Richie Cook

Musical director: Don Hite

Lead actors: Bryce Cofield as Shrek; Emily Iocovozzi as Fiona; Daniel Derrer as Donkey; Michael Weaver as Lord Farquaad; Lori Maurer as Dragon

The plot: A group of misfit fairy tale characters disturb Shrek, a grumpy green ogre, in his swamp to ask him to rescue the beautiful princess Fiona, who is about to be married off to the evil Lord Farquaard. Shrek agrees, begrudgingly. As he begins his quest, he meets the annoying Donkey, who later becomes his best friend. When Shrek meets Fiona, a princess with a secret, the two fall in love, and the journey takes on a whole new meaning.

The story behind the show: This production, one of the most ambitious ever mounted at this nonprofit theater, is the Southeastern premiere for an amateur group. It was chosen for its popularity and connections with the blockbuster movie.

Director's take: "Everything that people loved about the movie will be replicated in this stage production, from the music to the set, from the costumes to the universal theme of acceptance."

Behind the scenes:

  • More than 140 people auditioned for the 32 parts available.

  • Shrek's makeup is a full head and shoulders mask, designed by a friend of the actor who will play Shrek. It is a replica of the makeup used in the "Shrek" movies.

  • Some of the costumes, including Fiona's gowns, were created by a high school student.

  • The set was designed by a SCAD student, Nick Gardella, who said he wants audiences to feel a connection with the movie as soon as the curtains open.

  • Michael Weaver, who portrays the height-challenged Lord Farquaard, plays the entire show on his knees.
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