SHREK Opens at Playhouse Merced this Weekend

SHREK Opens at Playhouse Merced this Weekend

Shrek the Musical, the successful Broadway show based on the animated film, begins its three-weekend run at the Playhouse Merced mainstage on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Shrek the Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales.

The role of everyone's favorite swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek, is played by Stephen Mouillesseaux. Rachel Pearre plays Princess Fiona. G.B. Blackmon III is Shrek's lovably annoying best friend Donkey and Joe Hypes plays the vertically challenged villain Lord Farquaad.

Playhouse Merced's production is directed by Robert Hypes and is musically directed by Joel Scott Shade. It also stars local favorites Corey Strauss, Dianne Kocher and Melissa Beckwith, along with Beki Rush, Jade Seymour, Jesse Stofle, Katt Szyndler, Lauren Miller, Madison Mitchell, Patrick Keegan McKenna, Patti Feliciano, Elena Carter, Garrett Mayer and Rachel De Vera.

Opening Friday, February 28 and playing three weekends through March 16, Shrek the Musical plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for students and $10 for children. Purchase your tickets today by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 West Main Street in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The show is rated "G."

Shrek the Musical continues Playhouse Merced's 20th season in its downtown theater location. Playhouse Merced is a community-based, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization seeking to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences.

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