Shrek The Musical Review – Fun for All in Majestic Surroundings at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

 

Want to visit a strange land inhabited by creatures who look familiar, but not quite?  Ever wonder what an ogre does?  Looking for a way to introduce the kids to live theater and make them love it?

 

 Shrek The Musical is playing until August 23, 2014 ( Wed – Sat) at the Super Summer Theatre inside Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. The venue at the foot of the mountains and under the stars is unique. The Super Summer Theater provides audiences with both a show and an experience. 

 

Arrive early to stake out of good spot for your blanket

 

Your theater experience takes place in the foothills of the Spring Mountains just 10 from the Las Vegas Strip. And the temperature is about ten degrees cooler as well. Drive out and get away from the glitz of The Strip yet still enjoy the talent that Las Vegas offers. 

 

The snack bar line moves quickly

Snack bar items are reasonably priced * Photo by Burt Davis

 

 You can pack a picnic dinner and sit on a blanket or chair in the general admission grass seating prior to the show.  The snack bar offers reasonably priced picnic items and snacks.

Come comfortable and casual * Photo by Burt Davis

 

As the sun goes down behind the mountains, the show begins.

Shrek The Musical with music by Jeanie Tsori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire is based on the 2001 Dreamworks film Shrek It opened on Broadway in December 2008 and ran until January 2010 when it went on tour.

 

These are Three Blind Mice like you haven't seen before

 

 The Spring Mountain version of the show is produced by Feral Tale Theatricals. Like the movie, the musical is a tongue in cheek parody about fairy tales.  It contains, among other characters, Pinochio, Three Blind Mice, a huge dragon, and an ogre named Shrek.  

 

 

The cantankerous, solitary ogre Shrek becomes angry when he finds his peaceful swamp invaded by misfit fairy-tale folk. The noisy contingent had been banished from the Kingdom of Duloc by the bratty obnoxious Lord Farquaad, who dislikes misfits. Farquaad is one of the biggest misfits, having very short legs.  (Just wait til you find out who he inherited them from.)

 

Shrek agrees to confront Farquaad to get the fairy-tale folk out of his swamp.  Shrek just wants to be left alone. As Shrek tries to take the steps necessary to achieve his goal of solitude, he is befriended by a talking donkey - whether he likes it or not, rescues and ultimately marries a princess, and outwits a dragon.  Spoiler alert for the next sentence.  Poor Lord Farquaad is eaten by the dragon, but, except for the Lord, everyone else lives happily ever after.

 

Check out the dragon

 

The four leads in the musical carry on the whimsy that this show deserves.  Ayler Evan as Shrek has to be both comedic and gruff while wearing a prosthetic.  Amanda Kaiser expertly bringsthe feisty Princess Fiora to life and makes the interplay between her and Shrek delightfully believable.  John Mazzocato has to not only sing well, but also perform while walking on his knees due to Lord Farquaad’s short stature.  Coree Davis’ donkey provides ample doses of comic relief in an already lively humorous show. The supporting players as animals, fairy tale characters, and even wind up dolls add to the fun.

 

 The delightful show is expertly directed by Erik Ball. The scenic designs by award-winning set designer Andy Walmsley enhanced the mystical fairy-tale theme with clever towering book trees representing a forest. The dance numbers choreographed by Christine Harper and Christian Escobar employed a variety of dance styles from ballet to tap.  It all adds up to a whimsical theater experience for all ages.

Don’t run out too quickly. The players are available after the show to mix and mingle with the audience. Seeing a show at the Supper Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch is a unique theater experience.  Shrek runs until August 23.

If you miss Shrek The Musical, consider seeing Arsenic and Old Lace starting September 4.  Contact Super Summer Theatre for ticket pricing and availability.  For more information, go to Super Summer Theatre..

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