Peninsula Youth Theatre Celebrates Self-Acceptance And Friendship In Tony-Award Nominated SHREK THE MUSICAL

Peninsula Youth Theatre Celebrates Self-Acceptance And Friendship In Tony-Award Nominated SHREK THE MUSICAL Everyone's favorite ogre goes from swamp to stage as Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) proudly presents Shrek the Musical, a hysterical and multi-layered
fairy tale, playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts this March

Based on the Oscar-winning Dreamworks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is an eight-time Tony
Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters well known from the film to
life on stage and proves there are many more layers to the tale than meet the eyes. Shrek the Musical
tells the story of the irreverent but lovable ogre, who embarks on a life-changing adventure. Joined
by a wise-cracking yet truly loyal (and sometimes annoying) donkey, plus a colorful gang of misfit fairy
tale characters, Shrek becomes the unlikely hero of the kingdom in this must-see musical comedy! Shrek not only fights a fearsome dragon and faces the sinister Lord Farquaad on his journey, but he rescues a feisty princess, and learns along the way that friendship and love aren't only found in fairy tales. This heartwarming and highly amusing production illustrates how beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, the true meaning of friendship, and the importance of self-acceptance

"Shrek the Musical emphasizes themes of acceptance, inclusion, and diversity, as well as an enduring encouragement for believing in who you are," said Loryn Hatten, producing artistic director at PYT. "It's exciting that this show offers a positive and relevant message, particularly in today's society where youth can sometimes struggle searching for their own identities and achieving a true sense of belonging. I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to bring this family-friendly story to life on stage,
knowing that this production will resonate with a broad range of audiences."

Shrek The Musical opens on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with the Fairytale Cast, and Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. with the Storybook Cast. The show runs through Sunday, March 17, 2019. All performances will take place at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St, Mountain View, CA. Content is appropriate for children of all ages. Ticket prices are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors (62+), $20 for students 18 and under, and $12 for children 5 and under. Please note that the City of Mountain View adds a $2 per ticket facility use fee to all orders. The city assesses additional fees depending on method of purchase. Tickets are available online at or through the box office at (650) 903-6000.

SHREK THE MUSICAL production credits:
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.
Original production was directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.

Director: Loryn Hatten
Choreographer: Meg Fischer Venuti
Vocal Director: Holly Smolik
Orchestra Director: Ande Jacobson
Set Design: Andrea Bechert
Lighting Design: Mike Oesch
Costume Design: Susie Lew
Stage Manager: Shiboune Thill
Assistant Stage Managers: Arielle Perrochon, Olivia Spreen
Producers: Brian Belding, Hilary Burcell, Christine Crimaldi, Brad Ward

SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684

About Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT)
Founded in 1992, Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization providing outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment. PYT's emphasis on professional production values helps children develop a deep appreciation for the theatrical arts. The team's unique family atmosphere and policy of full participation for all skill levels allows children to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and an appreciation for artistic expression. PYT is committed to providing an enriching theatrical experience within the Bay Area community and schools to demonstrate and reinforce the positive role the arts play in academic success. The team offers a range of skill and performance-based classes for actors ages 4 through 18 via school break and afterschool educational programs, as well as summer camps. In addition, PYT's Center Stage, Stories on Stage, and Teen Intensive shows build community as children, teens and adults work together to create successful productions year round. For more information, visit
PYT is a Home Company of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo: Can a feisty princess (Samantha Belding) find true love with an Ogre (Charlie Hammond)? Find out in Peninsula Youth Theatre's production of "Shrek the Musical," March 9-17 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Spotlight Moments Photography

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