Perry High gives different perspective with ‘Shrek, the Musical’

May 7, 2014 

Fairy tale creatures will come to life on stage at Perry High School as the drama department presents “Shrek, the Musical” for its spring production.

“It is just bright and fun and happy and silly,” said Perry High drama director Joseph Sendek.

The show has an extremely large cast of students and includes staff members at the school, an administrator and Sendek’s wife and son.

While the movie focuses on Shrek, the musical shows the parallel between Shrek and Fiona -- both sent off into the world by their parents.

As always, Perry High has gone all out on costumes and sets, including a 25-foot tall dragon puppet. The spring production gives Perry High’s drama department a chance to create something special. The students don’t really have that opportunity in the fall during the One Act production.

“The One Act show has to be a traveling, touring show,” said Sendek, referring to the fact that One Act plays are performed at competitions in different locations. “So in the spring we can push the envelope a little more.”

“Shrek, The Musical” is full of constant action and what Sendek refers to as “gorgeous” songs and a life lesson.

“Don’t judge people before you know them,” said Sendek.

One difference between the movie and the musical is the fact that the audience will get to see a more sensitive side of Shrek in the musical.

Perry High will present “Shrek, the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school theater. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For reservations, email joseph.sendek@hcbe.net or call 478-988-6298, ext. 21320.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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