Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) will bring everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on stage with large-scale special effects in its third show of the season, Shrek The Musical, sponsored by McGladrey and directed by Craig Williams II. The production will run August 8-9, 14-16 and 21-23; curtain time is 8:00 p.m.
Based on the Oscar® winning Dream Works film that started it all, Shrek The Musical is set in a faraway kingdom full of fairytale characters. Things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.
"Our costumer and makeup artists have had their work cut out for them, but there is plenty of magic coming to The Muni stage for Shrek The Musical," notes director Craig Williams II. "From his swampy home, Shrek, with his extensive prosthetic make-up, will emerge to fight a 30 foot-long dragon that breathes smoke, flies around the stage and falls in love with a donkey, whose ears actually move. And don't forget about Pinocchio whose nose will grow right in front of the audience."
In addition to its many special effects, Shrek the Musical also carries an important message. "This show has heart," conveys Craig. "It teaches the importance of being different, being proud of who or what you are, and standing up for what you believe in."
Two types of seating arrangements are available – Reserved Seating and General Admission (lawn seating.)
The price of Reserved Seating is $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/military/students/children; General Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/military/students, $6 for children (age 3-12), and free for kids age 2 and under.
Additionally, both Thursday performances (August 14 and 21) have been designated as Family Nights and Senior Nights. For families, ticket prices for children 12 and under are half price when accompanied by a paid adult – $6 for Reserved Seating and $3 for General Admission. For seniors, ticket prices are reduced to $11 for Reserved Seating and $7 for General Admission. A Senior Shuttle Bus Service, sponsored by the King's Daughters Organization, will also run on Thursday, August 14. Visit The Muni's website for more information.
Reserved Seating tickets can be purchased in advance online – www.TheMuni.org – or by calling or visiting the Sangamon Auditorium Box Office at 217-793-MUNI (6864.) Patrons can also purchase Reserved Seating and General Admission tickets on-site at The Muni's Box Office, which opens 90 minutes prior to curtain time.