We’ve all seen the movie, now see it on stage! Fort Collins Children’s Theatre presents SHREK the Musical this weekend only: November 20th-22nd at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. FCCT consists of community members coming together in song, dance and service – ready to entertain, educate and inspire! A live orchestra in the pit provides the music for this show and it makes the theatre-going experience utterly enjoyable. I had the pleasure of working with this group last year… it’s an authentic stage-family experience that will forever remain in my heart. The dynamic duo of Willis and Woods is at it once again (Dulcie Willis, Stage Director & Aimee Woods, Musical Director) this time with the touching story of the most beloved swamp creature we all know and laugh with. I had a chance to visit one of the rehearsals a while back to talk with some of the performers.
Sydney Johnson is the assistant choreographer, plays Mama Bear and is also in the ensemble. “I love the show,” she says. “It’s a really good adaptation of the movie. I’ve been working with FCCT for 13 years and it’s like a second home to me. I get involved as often as I can.” Sydney says there is great music in this show and tons of references to other stories. “Everyone has seen the movie, but this is a different experience.”
I got the feeling that this cast bonded and clicked really quickly. There is a ton of new talent in this production and I’m so excited to see what they can do.
Tyler Zuschneid plays a “cross dressing” Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and is also a member of the ensemble chorus. “I love the stories, the music and community aspect of FC Children’s Theatre,” says Tyler. “People of all ages, jobs and schools come together to make a beautiful piece of art.”
Interestingly, Tyler is performing alongside the man who taught him how to sing. Scott Wheeler is the choir teacher at Kinard Middle School and plays the title character in the show (that’s Shrek). “I took his class for three years and now I’m in a show with him,” relays Tyler with excitement. “I get to call him Scott. Not a lot of kids get to do that. Ever.”
The group even has their own cute hashtag this year for posting on social media. #getshrekt connects you to everything FoCo SHREK 🙂