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Events: Jonesborough Repertory Theatre seeing green - Community theatre group to stage 'Shrek the Musical'

Rebekah Wilson • Aug 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre seeing green

Community theatre group to stage 'Shrek the Musical'



Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is ready to raise the curtains on the regional premiere of “Shrek the Musical,” the most ambitious show in the community theatre group’s history.

Based on the Oscar-winning 2001 DreamWorks film, the two-act musical tells a tale of adventure, misfortune and love, as an unlikely trio stumbles upon unexpected friendships and magical fates unfold.

Shows will be held at 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 22-Sept. 15, with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, and may be purchased online at www.jonesboroughtheatre.com, by calling (423) 753-1010 or at the door.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre (Tom Sizemore) — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue feisty princess Fiona (Andee Atkins). Throw in a donkey (Ben Bolt) who won’t shut up, a bad guy (Lucas Schmidt) with a short temper, a cookie (Heather Allen) 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.

Musical director Jennifer Schmidt said the hysterical plot carries with it the themes of acceptance, understanding and helping others be the best they can be.

“It is a wonderful message to everyone that you are wonderfully made the way you are, and that we should accept others for who they are,” she said.

JRT’s production features more than 100 costumes made in New York, elaborate sets and scenery, new sound equipment and special effects that include a 20-foot fire-breathing dragon.

Actors range in age from 12 to 54 and hail from Abingdon, Va., Greeneville, Kingsport, Johnson City and Jonesborough.

Director and production designer is J.J. Jeffers, and Scott Hardy is production manager. Set design is by Mike Schmidt, with light design by David Hyde. Assisting Schmidt as musical director is choreographer Roxanne Halford.

“Shrek the Musical” features lyrics by David Lindsay-Abair and music by Jeanine Tesori.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is accepting sponsorships to help cover the cost of the show’s costumes, with an average price tag of $120 each. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The theatre is located at 125 W. Main St., across from Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and next door to the Historic Eureka Inn.

For more information, call (423) 753-1010 or send email to jrtinfo@yahoo.com.

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