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Shrek The Musical

May 18 – Aug 25
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

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Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and every fairytale adventure you know and love in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation film. A little green ogre grows up to be a big, disgusting, layered hero. Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey to rescue the feisty princess with his witty and sarcastic friend, Donkey. Along the way, they encounter a lively cookie, a flirty dragon, and a small villain. Can this grumpy, ugly ogre find it in his heart to love someone as ugly as himself? We promise magic to every degree from the music to the costumes and sets. This is a performance the entire family will enjoy!

Please Note: An Open-Caption Performance of this production will be available on Friday, July 19 at 8:00pm and Saturday, July 20 at 2:00pm.

Here are a few comments from our patrons who are loving the show!

“Shrek was absolutely fantastic, and was just as much fun for the adults in the audience as it was for kids. The chemistry between the leads was sparkling, and the singing superb from all three. I think the actor who played Lord Farquaad might have stolen the show, and I would rave about his dancing more, but I don’t want to spoil the fun for everyone else. I left grinning. It is up there with Mamma Mia and Elf for me in terms of pure enjoyment.”

“Three generations attended this production for family friendly fun!!”

“This was the most fun production we’ve seen at Barter! Such a delight with deep, compelling storylines. Loved it.”

“I enjoyed my experience at the Barter so much seeing the original 2:00 pm showing that I returned at 8:00 for an encore viewing, and was again amazed! I definitely like ya, so I’ll definitely be talking about ya!”

“The musical was great. Performers were very talented and fit their characters. I would recommend it to everyone and I would pay to see it again.”

Director's Notes

On SHREK THE MUSICAL — Director's Thoughts

You Do You

Take a moment to think of the strongest memory you have of feeling embarrassed to be different. Maybe you were little and someone made fun of something about you. Or maybe you noticed your difference yourself and tried to find ways to smooth out your rough edges before anyone could say anything. What was it about yourself that you specifically wished could be more like everyone else? Think about that thing for a second.

The story of Shrek is the story of that part of you, that part in each of us. This is the story of how we come to hide or embrace that part of ourselves, and what can happen when we do. This story reminds us that someday someone will love us, not despite that quirk, but because of it; that our closest friends, our deepest connections and our greatest triumphs come from the wellspring of whatever makes us authentically us, and what we had to fight through to get here. This story looks our insecurity in the face and tells us that when we are brave enough to be ourselves, no matter how strange, life is richer and so much more fun. The lumpy, green weirdo inside us might just be the very best, most interesting part of us after all.

So lean in to who you are, warts and all. Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do: take that flamenco class you’ve been thinking about, wear that crazy bow tie you love, laugh out loud, and celebrate life as you. We have so little time in this precious life. Don’t spend another second of it trying to be perfect. Hoist your freak flag, and let that thing FLY.

Cast & Credits


Shrek: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Fiona: Kim Morgan Dean
Lord Farquad: Samuel Floyd
Donkey: Sean Maximo Campos
Pinnochio et al: Rusty Allen
Teen Fiona/Little Duloc Dancer/Elf et al: Libby Zabit
Young Fiona/Baby Bear et al: Milly Rainere and Carly Rutherford
Young Shrek/Dwarf et al: Lucas Shane and Gracie Bostic
Humpty Dumpty/Mama Ogre/Blind Mouse/Blue Bird/Dragon et al: Zoë Velling
Big Bad Wolf/Bishop et al: Michael Poisson
Pig 1/King Harold/Guard/Duloc Dancer/Knight #1 et al: Justin Tyler Lewis
Pig 2/Guard/Duloc Dancer/Rat.Knight #4 et al: Timothy Eidman
Pig 3/Pied Piper/Guard et al: Garrett T. Houston
Peter Pan/Guard/Duloc Dancer et al: Phillip Rast
Ugly Duckling/Thelonius/Guard et al: Tyler Cramer
Fairy Godmother et al: Mary Lucy Bivins
Sugar Plum Fairy/Gingy/Blind Mouse/Duloc Dancer/Rat et al: Hannah Ingram
Mad Hatter/Papa Ogre/Guard/Duloc Dancer/Rat/Knight #2 et al: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Mama Bear/Duloc Dancer/Rat et al: Abigail Gatlin
Papa Bear/Duloc Dancer/Rat/Knight #3 et al: Joey Fontana
White Rabbit/Duloc Dancer/Rat et al: Erin Eloise
Wicked Witch/Queen Lillian/Duloc Dancer/Blind Mouse et al: Katherine Lyle
Guard/Greeter et al: Jake Dailey


Director: Katy Brown
Music Director & Keyboards: Lee Harris
Choreographer: Ashley Campos
Tap Choreographer: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Props Designer: Helen Stratakes
Puppet Designer: Megan Pressley
Costume Designer: Kelly Jenkins
Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel
Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Dialect Coach: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Percussion: Jerry C. Greene
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton

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