By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- With larger-than-life characters, a score full of 19 songs, and professionally made costumes, the summer musical "Shrek the Musical" promises to be another fun-filled, sell-out performance for the school district.
More than 100 student actors, crew and orchestra have been practicing for months to bring the musical to life from June 19 through June 23.
This is the 17th year the summer musical has been presented by the School District of St. Lucie County, and Patrick Madden, the drama teacher at Port St. Lucie High and organizer of this year's event, couldn't be more pleased.
"The rights to the musical were released earlier this year," he said. "It's a show the whole family can come to and enjoy."
All monies raised from ticket prices go toward next year's performance.
The musical is based on characters seen in the first Shrek movie. It will feature 19 songs, performed by well-known characters such as Princess Fiona, Shrek, Donkey and even the villainous Lord Farquaad. Also expect to see familiar storybook characters pop in out throughout the performance.
"If people liked the first movie, they're going to love the musical," Mr. Madden said.
This year is more exciting for the performers because the performers will be wearing original costumes, straight from Costume World in Deerfield Beach.
"The company is making our costumes for the productions, so it will be the first time ever these costumes will be worn by anyone," Mr. Madden said.
In all, 50 students ages 8 to 18 will be on stage, while 20 will play in the orchestra and more will help run things behind the scenes.
"This not only gives the kids a chance to perform during the summer, it gives them a chance to work with other students from all over the county," Mr. Madden said. "This is going to be a show you're not going to want to miss."
"Shrek the Musical" will be performed at the Port St. Lucie High School Auditorium, 1201 S.E. Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 19, 20 and 21; at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23.
Tickets are $15 per person, and can be purchased at the high school, Honeybaked Ham on U.S. 1 in Stuart, Perkins Restaurant on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie, Jay's Fine Jewelry on St. Lucie Boulevard in St. Lucie West, Tin Fish on Port St. Lucie Boulevard in Port St. Lucie and Joy's Ice cream Plus on Midway and U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce.
For more information, call (772) 337-6768.