Nasty was nice and Riverview was ogre-the-moon when Seitz Middle School students presented their production of Shrek The Musical JR.
The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.
“Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical,” says Todd Gershon President of Musical theater international. Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the book Shrek by William Steig.
Seitz Middle school students did an amazing performance of Shrek Jr. There were 70 students involved in some way with the musical. The students put on five shows with a team of incredible volunteers. Producer and Costumer Randi Olsen and assistant producer Jean Czata devoted countless hours organizing and making costumes along with Kris Robinson who organized all the props needed for the play.
Choreographer Tina Brow had them dancing like stars all over the stage! With the help of his assistant directors, Ana Pauli and Alex Reeves, director Glen Hoying, was a true “maestro” in the sense that he brought together hundreds of different elements in order to make this play a huge success.
“It is only when you surround yourself with greatness that you can put on a show of this magnitude. I have incredible actors and volunteers that make all this happen. I am grateful for each and every one of them!” – Mr. Hoying (Seitz choir and drama teacher).
“Seitz Middle School Drama Club has evolved to its own community theatre program. We are so fortunate and appreciative of Mr. Hoying and all the parent volunteers for leading us into this direction. Thank you for showing our students a viable career pathway into the Arts. If you haven’t been to one of our plays, be sure to come next year to see all the talented students in action. Thank you to our dedicated teachers and parents for making this play bigger and better every year!” said Seitz Principal Nicole Muñoz.
Shrek The Musical JR. was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.