'Shrek the Musical' concludes Heartland Festival

June 20, 2014

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Shrek scenic model

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The final production in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 13th season of the Heartland Festival is “Shrek the Musical.” The show opens on Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m. and runs through Sunday, July 20. All performances will be held in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at the UW-Platteville Center for the Arts.

“It is a classic fairytale, with its knight in green armor, and at the same time, it is equal parts melodrama and screwball romantic comedy,” said Dr. David Schuler, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and the show’s director. “You have the archetypal hero, damsel in distress and villain. I was initially drawn to the show’s musical score, written by award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, and the musical’s themes of otherness and acceptance, self-esteem and redemption.”

The Heartland Festival’s core acting company takes on the leads with John Dobbratz in the title role as Shrek, Allison Scheer as Princess Fiona, Ellis Dawson as Donkey, Brian Charles as Lord Farquaad, Caleb Baze as Pinocchio, and Vasi Fafalios as Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingy and the Dragon. Members of the community playing featured roles include Susan Cramer, Susan Savage Day, Lizzy Haag, Bill Haskins, Marcy Russell, Carolyn Schuler, Brent Schwert, Sheri Schwert, Tyler Tollefson, and UW-Platteville students Sunshine Balch, Arianna Day, Andrew Jonas, Rachael Lester and Emma Wilson. Members of the youth ensemble are Quinn Collins, Ellie Hemming Kale Johnson, Dylan Prestegard, Shaena Prestegard, Isabelle Sander, Miranda Sexton and Kaelyn Weigel.

The production is choreographed by Connie Saloutos Furlan, with music direction by Lizzie Hansen, scenic design by Jeffrey Strange, costume design by Sarah Woodworth, and lighting design by Ben Golden.

“We have assembled a wonderful production team and cast who have vividly brought this charming, modern fairytale to life,” said Schuler. “Full of memorable songs, energetic dancing, and fabulous costumes and scenery, ‘Shrek the Musical’ is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and sure to be a fun-filled evening for the entire family.”

Tickets for “Shrek the Musical” are $20 for adults, $16 for current UW-Platteville students and $9 for those under 18.

“Give My Regards to Broadway!” returns Sunday, July 6 and runs through Saturday, July 19. “next to normal” is running through Sunday, June 29.

Performance times and prices can be found at http://www.theheartlandfestival.com.

Contact: Dr. David Schuler, co-artistic director, (608) 342-1198, schulerd@uwplatt.edu; Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, co-artistic director, (608) 342-6045, farrellya@uwplatt.edu; Michael J. Breitner, managing director, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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