The Rose Performing Arts for Children and Families in Omaha Presents Shrek The Musical.
Shrek is a crowd favorite in the Sikora home. In fact, it was just featured prominently in the session Marcus and I just gave this weekend, “Storytelling as Advocacy.” We shared the key components to a good story in addition to how (and why) you can use these stories in advocacy efforts. It was pretty jam packed with information – but let me leave you with this.
Creating a Compelling Story begins with these components:
Marcus and I shared several clips that are great advocacy tools including previews from Ethan’s Law, Menschen, Learning to Drive, and also songs and awareness campaigns. Plus, Shrek.
Here’s Marcus’ analysis of Shrek the Musical:
Set – Begins at the Swamp
Adventure – to get his swamp back
Conflict – Lord Farquad
Truth – Be who you are
Jokes – Yes! There are lots of jokes.
Now, I just want to briefly clarify Truth. The Truth as our analysis tool is the theme, the universal truth.
The director of The Rose production, Fran Sillau, shared,
“All of us have a place in this world. All of us – at one point or another – have felt like an outsider, someone who didn’t quite fit,” he says. “This show starts out as an ‘us versus them’ story, but it ends as an ‘us story.’ We all have a stake in this world and we all have a part to play in it.” and he added to us, “It’s wonderful to be able to tell such an inclusive story especially today. I am proud that our cast and production team have really been able to fully embrace the inclusive nature of the story.”
While some of these soundbites made the press release, as they should, that doesn’t make them any less true. (In fact, one hopes the biggest truths make the press release.)
But there’s more to a good show than the script. It’s everything from front of the house, backstage, on stage, under the stage, that really make a show memorable. Sillau shared one extra tidbit that we’re looking forward to seeing, “The lighting and sound are really something to behold. Our team has been truly collaborative and making the world of Shrek come to life.” Being big fans of “Theatre Magic” Marcus and I can’t wait to see what the Rose has up their sleeve this round.
The musical is slightly altered in length and other minor points from the full Broadway version to make it more accessible for families/children.
“This version that we are currently producing at the Rose is a 75 minute version is geared specifically for theaters for young audiences. The creators of the original musical have really done a nice job creating a piece that doesn’t feel like you’re missing anything.” per Silliau.
Although we are super busy “on the road” these days, we will make time to see Shrek The Musical at the Rose, We are also excited to share that chance with you! All you have to do is enter here on rafflecopter and your entry “sticks” with a comment below.
PS – I’ve recently learned even more inside information about both Marcus and Shrek, but I’ll save that for next time…
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Shrek The Musical Facts:
September 30 – October 16, 2016
Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm & 5 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Select Sundays at 5 pm (October 9 & 16)
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Main Stage
Bailey absolutely LOVES SHREK and she will be a part of her middle school presentation of Shrek the Musical.
Wicked…because the song For Good changed my life!
No denying – that’s an awesome one!