The cast for the Archbold Community Theatre summer production of “Shrek, The Musical,” features 28 actors from 11 Northwest Ohio communities, some playing dual roles.
Based on the popular motion picture series, the show features music, romance, and comedy, and is written for all ages.
In the musical, the audience learns about the early lives of Shrek and Fiona, his love interest. Soon, however, many fairy tale characters are evicted from their homes and are relocated to Shrek’s Swamp.
Steve Van Sickle has the title role, while Will Nofziger plays Young Shrek, and has an additional role as a dwarf. Both are Archbold residents.
Myah Shaffer, Wauseon, plays Fiona. A young Fiona is portrayed by Abby Bellamy, Bryan, while MacKenna Whitacre, Archbold, plays Fiona as a teen and Little Red Riding Hood.
Shrek’s sidekick, Donkey, is played by Lorenzo McKeever, Wauseon.
Other Archbold residents and their roles: Caleb Wyse, King Harold and one of the Three Little Pigs; John Taquino, Lord Farquaad’s Captain of the Guards; Meggie Mello, one of the Three Bears; Marli Fryman, the White Rabbit; Hope Nofziger, the Shoemaker’s Elf and one of the Three Blind Mice; Seth Nofziger, Gingy; Moriah Reichert, the Ugly Duckling and one of the three blind mice; Julianne Sparks, Queen Lillian.
Eddie Bialorucki, Rid- geville Corners, plays the Big Bad Wolf and the Bishop.
Shawn Liechty is one of the Three Little Pigs, while Nona Liechty is one of the Three Bears and the Dragon. Both are from Pettisville.
From Wauseon are Susan Short, the Wicked Witch; Levi Rees, the Mad Hatter; and Nicholas Mondelli, Pinocchio.
Brandon Bryant, Defi- ance, is one of the Three Bears. Jill Bates, Fayette, is the Fairy Godmother, and Catie Evers, Napoleon, is Peter Pan.
From Toledo: Ken Bower, Shrek’s father and one of the Three Little Pigs; Karen Bower, Shrek’s mother and the Old Woman who Lives in a Shoe; Elizabeth Bower, Humpty Dumpty and one of the three blind mice.
From Bowling Green: Kyle Slagley, Lord Farquaad; Tara Laciano, Sugar Plum Fairy and the show’s choreographer.
Directing Shrek is Michael Short. Teresa Van Sickle is the assistant director and producer. Audrey Burkholder is in charge of costumes, and Bill Phelps handles set construction. All are from Archbold.
Lindsay Bialorucki, Ridgeville Corners, is the orchestra director. Michelle Johnson, Wauseon, is the stage manager, and Bev Ernst, Delta, is the vocal director.
ACT presents “Shrek, the Musical,” Friday and Saturday, July 12-13 and 19-20, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, July 21, 2:30 pm, at the Archbold High School auditorium.