Aldersgate Church Community Theatre Opens ‘Shrek The Musical JR.’ Tonight by Shelagh Roberts

ACCT presents the DC-Area Premiere of Shrek, The Musical JR.!

Fairytale creatures Peter Pan (Maggie Patrick), Ugly Duckling (Willa Madar), Three Little Pigs (Hannah Roddy, Molly Johnson & Hartley Hayden), and Big Bad Wolf Pete Peterson lament their fate in “Story of My Life.” Photo by Michelle Shaffer.
Fairytale creatures Peter Pan (Maggie Patrick), Ugly Duckling (Willa Madar), Three Little Pigs (Hannah Roddy, Molly Johnson & Hartley Hayden), and Big Bad Wolf Pete Peterson lament their fate in “Story of My Life.” Photo by Michelle Shaffer.

Aldersgate Church Community Theatre is thrilled to present Shrek, Jr. to local audiences for the first time in the DC area. Shrek the Musical ran on Broadway from 2008-2010, and MTI released the new,junior version in the late fall of 2014. ACCT jumped on the chance to become the first group in the DC Metro Area to stage this fantastic adaptation. Featuring an exciting score with original songs including “Freak Flag,” and “Morning Person;” as well as popular tunes from the DreamWorks film – “What’s Up Duloc?” and “I’m a Believer” – the collaboration of Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire is a family-friendly original that retains all the humor and heart of the film.

Princess Fiona (Shannon Flack), Donkey (Brendan DeBie), and Shrek (Christian Fernandez). (Shrek), Photo by Sean Flack.
Princess Fiona (Shannon Flack), Donkey (Brendan DeBie), and Shrek (Christian Menendez). Photo by Sean Flack.

We remember the story: In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre, Shrek, finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show for the whole family.

The cast of 'Shrek The Musical JR. rocks out at the wedding of Shrek and Princess Fiona. Photo by Sean Flack.
The cast of ‘Shrek The Musical JR. rocks out at the wedding of Shrek and Princess Fiona. Photo by Sean Flack.

ACCT Council President Marg Sooros commented, “Members of our show selection committee were familiar with the score and book of the show, and we were convinced it was the right pick for our 2015 children’s musical. We were tracking the show carefully with MTI and had our fingers crossed that it would be released in time. It’s been a very exciting process to create the characters, setting and costumes for Shrek The Musical JR. and the excitement of doing something new has been contagious for the production crew and the cast.”

Directed by Corey Bales, with choreography by Michael Page, Shrek The Musical JR. features 38 youth performers between the ages of 8-18. Cast members include Christian Fernandez in the title role of “Shrek,” Shannon Flack as “Princess Fiona,” and Brendan DeBie as “Donkey.”

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Shrek The Musical JR. plays from tonight through January 25, 2015 at Aldersgate Church Community Theatre – 1301 Collingwood Road on the corner of Fort Hunt and Collingwood Roads, in Alexandria, VA. For tickets, purchase them at the door or online.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, January 16, 17, 23 and 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, January 18 and 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Special matinee performances on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday January 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM and Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM.