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July 7, 2014

Ogre the top: Sooner Theatre makes magic with ‘Shrek The Musical’

NORMAN — Sooner Theatre’s Shrek the Musical may make a ‘believer’ out of theatre skeptics yet. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical will bring the hilarious story of an ogre, donkey and princess to the stage.

When Shrek is sent to rescue Princess Fiona, shenanigans, villainy and love ensue in this mixed-up fairy tale that’s a happy ever after for all audiences. With a fantastical set, songs like “I’m a Believer” and “This Is Our Story” are hysterical as well as heartfelt. 

Jake Musgrove, a Norman North High School sophomore, will play Papa Bear and Thelonious. He said even though he doesn’t have a large part in the production, he is happy to spend time with friends in the theatre.

“A lot of my friends graduated and this will be their last show, so it’s great to spend time with them and share that.”

Eaton York, who recently graduated from Norman High School and will attend Ball State University this fall for musical theatre, said he is thrilled to play the villain Lord Farquaad.

“I feel like I somewhat connect with his sassy personality,” York said. “I like that he’s a big diva.

 “In our last production, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ I was the hero, Seymour, so it’s exciting to play the opposite of that.”

York said the biggest challenge of playing Lord Farquaad is finding out what makes him tick and performing on his knees.

“I have to play him on my knees for the entire play. That’ll be interesting,” he said.

Chelsea Thiessen, junior from Norman High School, will play the Gingerbread Man. She said she is looking forward to her scene with Lord Farquaad when the Gingerbread Man looses his legs and gumdrops.

“We’re friends. We have good chemistry, a good connection,” she explained. “It will be a really funny scene.”

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