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Van Buren Players in ‘Shrek: The Musical’

Feb 23, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED The cast of Van Buren Player’s “Shrek: The Musical” includes, clockwise from back, Terry Jester as Shrek; Tom Voorhees as Donkey; John Grunwald as Farquaad; and Sara Coffin as Fiona. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren Players will be presenting its 2017 winter production, “Shrek: The Musical,” this weekend at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are available at First Iowa State Bank. Tickets can be purchased either in person at the bank in Keosauqua or by calling 319-293-3794. Tickets also can be purchased at the door before any of the shows if any seats remain.

Special prices are offered to students and children, and seniors receiving a discount at the Sunday matinee.

“Shrek: The Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire.

“Shrek” brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek ...” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.

Luckily, there’s one on hand — and his name is Shrek.

“Shrek: The Musical” presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets — there is a fire-breathing dragon after all ­— and more.

Irreverently fun for the whole family, “Shrek” proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

The Van Buren Players winter production features many new faces from the community to the theatrical stage.

Some of the lead roles include: Terry Jester as Shrek; Tom Voorhees as Donkey; Sara Coffin as Fiona; John Grunwald as Farquaad; and Vicki Robertson as Dragon.

The cast also includes:

Middle Fiona - Brooklynn Cormier; Young Shrek - Aaron Plecker; Young Fiona - Daphney Wells and Emma Coffin; King Harold - Mike Plecker; Queen Lillian - Lisa Denney; Captain Guard - Tom Allen; Mom and Dad Ogre - Tom Allen and Mindie Donald; Witch/Bird - Vicki Robertson.

The fairy tale characters also include: Pinocchio - Ethan Denney; Fairy Godmother - Shannon Garrels; Sugar Plum Fairy/Gingy - Lacy Vance; Bishop - Mike Hurley; 3 Pigs - Lisa Denney, Aaron Plecker, Blair Grunwald; Dwarf Dad - Kelyn Gimm; Pied Piper/Wolf/Thelonius - Tom Allen; Greeter - Blair Grunwald; Three Knights - Ethan Denney, Tom Allen, Mike Plecker; Peter Pan - Lily Vermeer; Humpty Dumpty - Mindie Donald; Elf - Stef Wells; White Rabbit - Melissa Mahon; Ugly Duckling - Vicki Sue Kite; Little Red Riding Hood - Abby Manning; Queen of Hearts - Michelle Mitchell; Three Bears - Mama: Mindy Cormier, Papa: Joni Worley, and Baby: Brooklynn Cormier; 3 Blind Mice - Stef Wells, Mindie Donald, Heather Charbonneau; Dragon Trio - Mindie Donald, Joni Worley, Melissa Mahon; Dead Soldier Trio - Tom Allen, Mike Plecker, Ethan Denney; Three Skeletons - Abby Manning, Mindy Cormier, Katie Nicolas.

And rounding out the cast are: Tap Dancers/Rats - Stef Wells, Katie Nicoles, Kayla Livesay, Kim Harward, and Dana Huling; and

Soldiers - Kayla Livesay, Zoe Best, Shea Scott, McKenna Caviness, Ella Jirak, Brooklynn Cormier, Kelyn Grimm, Lily Vermeer, Blair Grunwald, Jacob Worley, Emma Charbonneau.

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