Weyauwega-Fremont students are preparing to present three performances of “Shrek the Musical Jr.”
The summer musical opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, with subsequent performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, on the stage in the W-F Middle School Cafetorium.
This year’s musical is moving from the high school auditorium to the middle school due to the HVAC work underway in the high school.
General admission tickets, which are available at the door, are $3 for adults and $1 for students.
Concessions will be available.
Based on the DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical, the book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, with the music by Jeanine Tesori.
The school district’s presentation of the musical is under the direction of Sara Karpinski.
The student director is Alex Lederer, and the student choreographer is Josh Barnett.
Karpinski said there will also be a number of other high school students assisting behind the scenes and mentoring the students who are in the musical.
The school district’s summer musical involves students entering fourth through ninth grade.
Approximately 20 students are in the cast.
In addition, students who are on the stage in the high school productions are getting technical experience this summer, while also serving as mentors to younger students, she said.
“Shrek the Musical Jr.” is about an ogre named Shrek, who one day finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits.
They were banished by Lord Farquaad, and Shrek soon sets off with a donkey to confront him.
After doing so, he is told his swamp will return to what it was, if he rescues the princess Fiona.