[Behind the Scenes] of Shrek the Musical!

In summer 2014, the Pied Piper Youth Theater was one of the first youth theater’s in the country to perform Shrek the Musical! This one month workshop was a lot of hard-work and dedication for our young PPYT students ranging from ages 8-18. After having rehearsals for 3 weeks at the Stormville White Pond Center (the home base of PPYT), the cast and crew moved to the George Fischer Middle School auditorium for an even bigger stage, and an even bigger challenge…

To get people to come to see this great production, PPYT students and Producer, Kevin Johnson, took to the Carmel Hamlet for a costume parade! Imagine driving by and seeing Donkey cross the street! Or seeing a small dwarf with a sign!

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Shrek the Musical required a stage crew of almost 10 people! The sets were larger and more complex than usual for PPYT and so it required a lot of manpower, patience, and practice. Stage Manager, Antonia Carey, made sure everything was coordinated for the stage during the production’s 4 performances. She started by creating a run list, which allows stage managers and their crew to know what to do next for each scene change. Here is a short picture what our crazy run list looked like!

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Antonia Carey was always on the stage right headset during the performances coordinating to the stage left headset of PPYT Producer, Kevin Johnson. The two worked together to handle all the scene changes between the sets. None of this could’ve been done without the help of the fabulous stage crew! They also had a ton of fun with their new crew member, Bucky the Stage Manager!

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The cast was also scrambling around to make sure they were ready for each scene. Chelsea Blaney and Olivia Hamilton had the most difficulty during one particular scene with make-up artist, Emily Howe. During the final wedding scene, Princess Fiona must run back stage and quickly change into an ogress! How did we do it? Take a look by clicking and viewing this Vine!

And finally the funniest of all! During the scene “I Think I’ve Got You Beat,” there is a burping and farting scene between Princess Fiona and Shrek which brings their relationship closer than ever. How did we do it? Behind the curtain was a microphone with Artistic Director, Bonnie Ryerson, and PPYT student Carl McDonald with a bottle of cola. Simple enough! But, we’re not sure who was laughing more! Shrek and Fiona or the cast backstage!