Garish costumes and fair tale characters on stage
Four generations in cast of "Shrek, the Musical"
“Shrek, the Musical” brings music and laughter tonight, Feb. 20, at Ohev Shalom Synagogue, Richboro, when it opens for an eight-show run through next weekend, March 2.
More than 100 people are involved in the cast and crew in this popular musical. The synagogue invites everyone in the congregation to participate regardless of age or ability, making the semi-annual musical an important event.
Many of the four generations of participants are actors who perform in community theaters and regularly support this enormous synagogue fundraiser.
“Shrek, the Musical” combines humorous characters, fun music, and a powerful message about treating people equally regardless of their appearance or limitations.
Told in the form of a fairy tale, it appeals to children through extreme costumes and silliness, and it amuses adults because of the sarcasm, humor, an occasional Broadway reference and even a Jewish joke or two added for good measure.
- Michael Schwartz, an attorney with many years of theater experience, is once again directing the musical, and he also is performing the demanding role of the very green ogre, Shrek.
- Another attorney and familiar local actor, Ken Marblestone, plays nasty Lord Farquaad, the comically short-in-stature, ruthless ruler of Duloc. A tall man and a fine singer, Marblestone plays Farquaad on bended knees with the help of very thick knee pads and fake short legs.
- Many of the musicians in the 16-member live orchestra under the direction of pianist Joel Greengard also are synagogue members.
- Several of the roles are double cast to include more members of the congregation, so if you have a friend you especially want to see, check to make sure he or she is on stage for the performance you attend.
Show times are Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at noon and 4:30 p.m. Reservations for tickets at various prices starting at $18 can be made at Ohev.org.
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