On Stage: Riverside High School's choir heads to the swamp for "Shrek The Musical"

Promotional poster for the Riverside High School production of "Shrek The Musical" (Courtesy: RHS)

The story was a success as a book, animated film and broadway musical.

Riverside High School's Choral Department presents the tale of a gruff ogre who just wants to live alone in his swamp. But he gets drafted into action to save a princess in peril. Accompanied by a talkative donkey, Shrek must penetrate a fortress and defeat a dragon to save the damsel in distress. But in the process, he discovers that she has the power to change his life, too.

"It's very exciting because we haven't done a musical since my freshman year when we did 'Hairspray,'" Kassidy Hammon (Princess Fiona) said. "So, this is the first maor lead role that I've had. And it's just very exciting because it's new and it's different and a lot of people around here don't get to see something like what we're performing."

Riverside's singers usually perform while dancing to highly choreographed numbers in show choir competitions. Tackling the demands of a Broadway musical adds acting to the mix.

"We have worked our butts off," Dominick Gray (Shrek) said. "We had to spend weeks and weeks on set, weeks and weeks on acting and singing and dancing. And this is a show that all ages, everybody will want to see. And I really expect that we will be sold out and that we will have a killer audience."

Riverside is performing a theater for young adults version of the show. It is edited for time and is not the full length of the Broadway production.

"The show just really fit the students that we had this year," Kevin Hardy (Director) said. "All of the leads are really, really excellent. It really fits their voices. It fits their personality. It fits their acting skills. It just shows off the talents that they have. I think all of the roles that we have fit people really well."

The Riverside High School Choral Department presents "Shrek The Musical"
Riverside High School Auditorum
One Warrior Way
Belle, WV
Thursday-Friday April 12-13 at 7:00pm
Tickets are $8

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