This weekend, a special collaboration of middle school students will take the stage at Concordia Lutheran Elementary School. Shrek The Musical, Jr. is a citywide middle school musical taking place Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, 2018 at Concordia Lutheran Elementary School (4245 Lake Ave) at 7:00pm. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Doors open at 6:15pm and the house will open at 6:30pm both evenings. A dessert theater will be offered during intermission. Shrek, Jr. is the second annual citywide middle school musical and is directed by Mr. Chris Murphy.
The cast of Shrek, Jr. is made entirely of middle school students from 13 different schools around Fort Wayne, with 11 of the 13 schools being Lutheran Schools. Represented in the cast is: Lutheran South Unity, St. Peters, St. John-Emmanuel, Emmanuel-St. Michael, Concordia, Woodburn, St. Paul’s, Central, Emmaus, Holy Cross, and Suburban Bethlehem. The collaboration of schools does not stop with the students. Murphy, Chair of Concordia Lutheran High School’s Drama Department and Algebra teacher, called upon Concordia Elementary’s 5th grade teacher, Angie Owen, to be the assistant director. Choreography was done by fellow Concordia Elementary teacher, Erin Mickelini, and Lutheran South Unity music teacher, Natalie Reynolds, worked with the singing.
Music Theater International describes the show, “Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a big bright beautiful world as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.”