SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Palm Canyon Theater

In a normal year, Palm Canyon Theater (PCT) kicks off its season in September with a big, booming musical – but 2021 has been anything but a normal year. They started with The boys, a play for two that paid tribute to the heroes of September 11. Then there was a cover of the cult hit of Sordid lives with a cast of a dozen. Both shows were produced extremely well, but I suspect that the smaller casts were selected because no one was sure for sure whether audiences would be allowed inside, or if they were, they would have to allow seats. empty between parties, etc.

Well, it’s pretty much sorted out now that as long as spectators show proof of vaccination at the gate and wear masks, they can fill the theater like they’re used to, and so it’s time for some big comedy. vibrant music. Shrek the musical is the perfect choice for splashing! Based on the 2001 Oscar-winning animated musical DreamWorks, the 2008 Broadway musical received 12 Drama Desk Awards, eight Tony Award nominations, and has remained in constant production worldwide.

Most of us have seen one or more of Shrek’s three films, but the familiar characters, catchy songs, and spectacular costumes are brought to life on stage at PCT, and the results are fun for audiences of all ages. The story begins with the ogre living happily and alone in his swamp until Lord Farquaad expels the fairy kingdom from his land. With Donkey’s help, Shrek saves Princess Fiona in an attempt to regain control of his land, but he gets more than he bargained for with the princess. This adventure-filled trip includes music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire.

Shrek the Musical’s PCT production will have a solid cast. Shrek – Eric Stein-Steele; Fiona – Caroline McKinzie; Donkey – Lou Galvan; Lord Farquaad – Keith Alexander; and young Fiona – Gracie Van Dijk. Members of the featured ensemble (fairytale characters) include Paul Grant, Jana Giboney, Isabella Morrison, Laurie Holmes, and Victoria Herrera. The production will be directed and choreographed by PCT Artistic Director Se Layne. The musical director is Jaci Davis, the set design and lighting by JW Layne and the costumes by Derik Shopinski.

Director Se Layne said she hopes (especially during Palm Springs Pride) to spread the message of self-acceptance and celebration of individuality. The anthem of the musical “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” is a message of love and acceptance, not only of others, but of yourself.

How to get tickets

Shrek the musical runs from October 22 to November 7. Sessions are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $ 36 for general admission, $ 32 for seniors, and $ 15 for students. For tickets or other information, call the PCT box office at 760-323-5123 or order online at The Palm Canyon Theater is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, on the corner of Alejo Road. The opening hours of the ticket office are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Paul Hayashi

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