Niagara Gazette

March 12, 2014

'Shrek the Musical' on stage at Lockport's Palace Theatre

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Historic Palace Theatre and Curtain Up Productions is presenting “Shrek the Musical” at the Palace, 2 East Ave. beginning this weekend.

Curtain Up Productions is the first professional production company to locally produce “Shrek,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film.

The production recreates the fantasy Kingdom of Far Far Away. Instead of a knight riding a noble steed, the hero is Shrek, a swamp-dwelling ogre teamed up with a chatterbox donkey. And the princess is slightly temperamental Fiona. After Shrek rescues Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower, the two fall in love before she reveals there’s more to her than meets the eye. Other fairytale misfits add surprises: from a Gingerbread Man with an attitude to Three Blind Mice channeling their inner Dreamgirls.

This entertaining, family-friendly show features a score with 19 songs, including “What’s Up, Duloc?” and “Freak Flag.”

Shrek the Musical also draws from a 1990 children’s book by New Yorker cartoonist William Steig. Like the first Shrek film, the musical stays true to Steig’s fractured fairytale vision.

The Palace Theatre’s production features Christopher Parada as director, Dyan Mulvey Balcerzak as choreographer, Michael Hooker as vocal director, and David Stacey leading the pit as music director.

“Shrek is the perfect family-friendly show. It has beautiful music that captures your emotions,” Parada said.

• WHAT: 'Shrek the Musical' • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, March 21 and 22 and 3 p.m. Sunday and March 23 • WHERE: Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport • COST: Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors; $13 for students. Call 438-1130, visit the Palace box office or at buy at Mills Jewelers, 51 Main St.