The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society (WRAPS) is presenting Shrek-The Musical Jr. this weekend in Ashcroft.
Based on the popular Dreamworks Animation Studios movie Shrek, Shrek-The Musical Jr. is a fun and fantastical flight of fancy featuring a multi-generational cast of local actors.
The cast of 20-plus brings to life the adventures of Shrek and Donkey as they seek to find and free the beautiful Princess Fiona from her captivity in a dragon guarded castle.
Of course, the caustic green monster with the heart of gold believes he has undertaken this mission at the behest of the evil king-wannabe Lord Farqaad in order to get the reeking swamp he calls home back, but everybody knows Shrek is actually on the universal quest of the heart — to find true love.
Most of the cast consists of local youth. many of whom starred in the theatre company’s 2017 presentation of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical.
Mathias Sampson plays Shrek and Sarah Onstine is his faithful sidekick, Donkey. Gurunghai Benner-Tapia is Princess Fiona, Colin Mastin is Lord Farquaad and Vivian McLean plays the Dragon.
The play is being produced by the same team that has crafted WRAPS theatre productions of the past. Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan again steps into the role of director (with the assistance of Barbara Roden). Theresa Takacs is the musical director. The sets are again designed by Jim Duncan and will be erected by a veteran crew from past productions. Stage management is again in the hands of Jessica Clement, David Dubois will handle stage lighting and Margaret Moreira is in charge of finding and designing most of the costumes.
Shrek-The Musical Jr. will be presented at the Ashcroft HUB, 711 Hill St.
Performance dates and times:
• Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m.;
• Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.;
• Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students ages five to 18. Children under the age of five receive free admission.
Tickets are available at The HUB during office hours (250-453-9177) and online at eventbrite.ca.
For more information, go online here.