Donkey, Shrek and Fiona!

Hawaii Children’s Theatre is proud to announce the fall Broadway musical production of “Shrek The Musical,” a Hawaii premiere.

Fresh off Broadway and a national tour, Shrek will be performed from Nov. 14 to Nov. 23 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Performances will be for only two weekends. There will be two shows each Saturday. Show times will be Fridays, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at 4 pm. 

Based on the beloved Dreamworks animated film, Shrek the Musical was nominated for and won numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards.

All ages will enjoy this fun and funny show filled with fantastic costumes, sets, special effects and a full orchestra.

The production team is led by Director Marly Madayag (Peter Pan, Sound of Music), who also directs the Kalaheo Elementary school musicals, and Kauai’s Teacher of the Year for 2014. She is assisted by stage manager Bailey Hutton. 

Preparing the cast in all their musical numbers and conducting the orchestra is musical director Nina Saraos and “Broadway-style” dancing by choreographer Carol Culver. In her third production with HCT, costumer Kathy Leonard is busy creating the costumes with Alexandria Taogoshi designing the specialty hair and makeup.  

Sets, puppets, dragons and technical effects are being created by Brooke Morgan, Esther Manning, Brenda Biehler, Jarhett Gaines, Steve Whitney, Arnoud Teersteg and a host of volunteers.

The leading roles of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona and Farquaad are in the hands of Robert Carrasco, Isaac Worth, Jennifer Downs and Ross Martineau. Darlene McLeod voices Dragon. 

The cast, all of whom take on a variety of singing and dancing roles, include Sydney Agudong, Athena Alexander, Jaden April, Logan Baptiste, Tirah Brings, John and Jonah Cabello, Napua Canales, Sarah Carrasco, Kane Casillas, Christian Core, India Davies, Georgia Degracia, Kameron Fort, Erin Gaines, Jeremiah Garcia, Kilinoe Garcia, Julie Goldberg, Erik and Lolli Hagen, Maddison, Savannah and Tanner Hubbard, Blade and Dolly Kanekuni, Patric Knight, Laura Leonard, Kristen Miyasaki, Colton Moore, Charles O’Neill, Mitchell Ouye, Stacy Ramos, Sean and Tara Randol, Shanda Rego, Chloe and Sabryn Rudinoff, Kaylee Russell, Emma Schneck, Mia Thompson, Manulea Trujillo, Jace Turville, Jayda Wakilina, Ethan Whatmore and Callie Yavinsky.

Tickets will be available from the cast at discounted prices, at outlets around the island and on line at the HCT website, www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.com. 

“Creating a big Broadway style musical requires a lot of help and we would welcome the support of anyone who might like to support the production by volunteering,” according to a press release. 

Financial support can be given with the purchase an ad in the playbill, donation of prizes for the raffle drawing and/or sponsorship of a set piece. Call HCT at 246-8985 or Debra Blachowiak at 639-2437.

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