Archbold, OH

“Shrek” Brings Big Things To AHS Stage

A giant dragon, spreading her wings across the stage.

Elaborate costumes that turn real-life actors into cartoon characters.

These are just some of the things in store for audiences when Archbold Community Theatre brings “Shrek the Musical” to the Archbold High School auditorium stage.

Diane Phelps, of ACT, said the family of Myah Shaffer, Wauseon, who plays Fiona, a main character of the show, created the dragon.

Phelps said there are three persons inside the dragon operating all her features when she appears on stage.

An entire team of thespians has been busy creating the costumes for the show. This week dress rehearsals will be going on.

The show is coming together well, she said.

Screen To Stage

While most stories move from the stage to the big screen, Shrek was just the opposite.

It’s based on the 2001 animated movie and the three sequels that followed.

What the musical does is give depth and backstory to many of the major characters.

Shrek is an ogre who lives alone in a swamp. He enjoys his solitude.

As the show develops, a talking donkey arrives on the scene, and Shrek falls in love with a princess.

Before its over, Shrek learns he wants to have friends after all.

Along the way, other storybook characters find their way into the swamp, and of course, the AHS stage.

Included are the Three Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, a fairy godmother, and many more.

While the characters may be fairytale characters, it’s not just a show for kids.

“Shrek the Musical” includes humor that will appeal to adults as well.

Big Cast

“Shrek the Musical” features a big cast of characters, which has 11 of the 28 actors doing dual roles.

For example, Will Nofziger, Archbold, plays a young Shrek and doubles as the dwarf.

Add the onstage actors, the behind-the-scenes crew, and the pit orchestra, and the end result is a large number of talented people working together to bring quality entertainment to the community.

ACT presents “Shrek the Musical” in the air-conditioned auditorium at Archbold High School, Friday and Saturday, July 12-13 and 19-20 at 7:30 pm.

A show is also scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2:30 pm.

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