Our Favorite Green Ogre returns to UD Summer Stage with “Shrek The Musical Jr.” July 19, 20, 21

Join Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad, and a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure suited for the whole family!

DREXEL HILL, PA— (July 6, 2017) —Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film and Broadway musical, “Shrek The Musical Jr.” brings our favorite green ogre Shrek, with his trusty steed Donkey, to Upper Darby Summer Stage. “Shrek Jr.” features catchy, toe-tapping songs, intricate dance numbers, wacky fairytale creatures, and of course a dragon! Performances are July 19, 20 and 21 at 10:30 am and on July 20 at 7:30 pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

The cast of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” Photo credit; Cate R. Paxson

Upper Darby Summer Stage will transform into Shrek’s muddy swamp and Lord Farquaad’s wacky world Duloc for its third show this season. When Shrek (Joe Matthews of Havertown) finds his swamp invaded by fairytale creatures displaced by the short-tempered Farquaad (Tom Geiger of Clifton Heights), Shrek sets on a journey to help them go home. Accompanying Shrek on his journey is a wisecracking donkey (Kenneth Turner of Upper Darby). Together they confront Farquaad and are told if Shrek rescues the feisty Princess Fiona (Michaela Henry of Springfield) from her tower, his swamp will be righted. In true fairytale fashion, Shrek tries to win Fiona’s heart and vanquish Lord Farquaad while learning how to truly accept himself. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, “Shrek Jr.” is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Tickets are affordably priced at $8-$12 and members of The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center save $1. Tickets may be purchased at udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City.

The performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Parking is free. The show is recommended for ages four and up with free babysitting in the lobby offered for those who may be too young to sit quietly through the entire show.

“Shrek The Musical Jr.” assistant choreographer Rachel Walker speaks about the powerful message of the musical. “People should come see “Shrek Jr.” because it’s a show about embracing the things that make you different from everyone else,” said Walker. “Like the catchy song “Freak Flag” says, “What makes us special makes us strong!”

A Summer Stage show is a unique experience for all ages. Prior to the children’s performances young audience members can enjoy pre-show activities and a meet-and-greet with characters after each show. Autographs and pictures are encouraged!

For more information about “Shrek The Musical Jr.” and Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 42nd season visit udpac.org

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

About Upper Darby Summer Stage:

Upper Darby Summer Stage celebrates 42 seasons empowering young people and entertaining families. Each season the program presents six dynamic Children’s Theater productions and one professional caliber Mainstage production.

Summer Stage offers programs for students beginning at age 11 in the Apprentice Program and has participants up to age 28 in the Mainstage productions. Programs available include the Apprentice Program (11-12 yrs.), Rising Stars (12-13 yrs.), Children’s Theater (14-17 yrs.), and Mainstage (18-28 yrs.). Summer Stage also offers an outstanding technical theater program for students ages 14 to 18.

Upper Darby Summer Stage is not only a great place to see a spectacular show, but also a great place for students to grow as artists and as people! Visit udpac.org for more information.

 

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One Response to “Our Favorite Green Ogre returns to UD Summer Stage with “Shrek The Musical Jr.” July 19, 20, 21”

  1. Winston Kelly

    Shrek Jr. was an amazing tale and both my brother and I was ever so happy to see it. The cast were awesome, the songs were catchy(Dragon’s song immediately hypnotized me when I saw her on stage with Donkey), and the show itself was flawless!. Shrek himself was one awesome ogre; strong, funny and quite an all around good guy, Donkey, need I say more?! He was cool, an awesome dancer, very hilarious, an all around pal and one heck of a “Noble Steed!” Speaking of Noble, Princess Fiona, she was incredibly talented, funny, an amazing singer and a very sweet girl. Talent comes even to the most unexpected, especially Dragon and her dancers! When I saw her on stage, I was IMMEDIATELY hypnotized to her voice. She was one amazing actor! Donkey is one lucky guy to score such a beauty! Pinocchio, Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingerbread man, and even Lord Farquaad along with the entire cast were hilarious and awesome. I am happy to have be there since Dress Rehearsal Tuesday until yesterday(Thursday) Shame I can’t make it there today(Friday) once more due to important matters, but still I am happy to be there. Now I better find a Pirate hat, since I am going to be sailing with Pirates next Tuesday; looking forward to that! Other than that, thanks ever so much for such an amazing play!

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