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Park Players Ready to Present ‘Shrek The Musical’

Rehearsing a scene from the upcoming production “Shrek The Musical” are seniors Amanda McGovern as Princess Fiona and Tyler Faulstick as Shrek.

WHEELING — Lucky audience members will get the chance to witness an energetic musical production when the Park Players of Wheeling Park High School present their spring musical, “Shrek The Musical,” today through Sunday, April 30 and May 1-2. The play will be held in the high school’s J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. It is sure to be an entertaining audience pleaser. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audience sizes are limited. Additionally, mask-wearing and social distancing with be enforced.

In addition to the live performances, the Park Players will also have streaming performances of the production. These performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Tickets are available via www.showtix4u.com/event-details/51127.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. “Shrek” brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

Bill Cornforth, one of the theater directors at Wheeling Park, leads this production. When asked about the show, Cornforth said, “‘Shrek the Musical’ is a terrific show on many layers. The audience will recognize the similar, enjoyable plot and characters as the popular animated movie but will also experience new catchy songs with exciting dancing. Yet, underneath all the fun are core values of tolerance and acceptance.

“So come to laugh, to think, maybe cry a little, and certainly enjoy. Music director Joyce Jingle and choreographer Anna Harsh bring out the most in our talented cast as do Kayla Nelson, Isabella Droginske, Jen and Lori Mathieu, Mike Harris, Scott Hedrick and Russ Schultz on the technical and artistic side. The heart of the production of course are our students in the cast and crews who have spent months dedicating themselves to making Shrek the Musical a success.”

The cast for this year’s musical is made up of 26 of Park’s most talented students. Leading the cast, as the story’s title character, Shrek, is Tyler Faulstick. Amanda McGovern plays Princess Fiona, the beautiful princess of Far-Far-Away. Playing the part of Shrek’s chatty side-kick, Donkey, is Braden Mills. The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc, Lord Farquaad, is portrayed by Ryan Quickel.

The remainder of the fairy tale cast is comprised of Eliza Aulick, Ethan Bartsch, Amelia Bell, Jenna Cecconi, Stephanie Ebarb, Lake Faulstick, Bella Forget, Logan Frazier, Katie Fritter, Jacob Glenz, Reese Hays, Fiona Hutchison, Braeden Keen, Zariah Kimball, Hailey Lewis, Charlie Mattingly, Xavier Millhouse, Lakin Milton, Towne Moores, Kiera Perks, Dailey Ward and Addison Wright.

Assisting Cornforth in the capacity of production assistants for the play are Kayla Kreitzer Nelson, Isabella Droginske, Jennifer Mathieu, Scott Hedrick and Mike Harris.

On the musical side, Jingle will act as the production’s music director. She stated, “Shrek has been such a fun show to work on. It has something for everyone — humor, love, even fantasy!

“The cast and directors have been faced with several challenges due to the pandemic. Trying to maintain safe distances, wearing masks while singing and working around remote learning days have all made this project more difficult than usual. But this hasn’t stopped these students! They are eager to perform! They have worked within these restrictions to make sure that this musical was another quality Park Players performance!”

Anna Harsh, choreographer, states, “So proud of the work the cast put into the show. Teaching the entire choreography virtually with them was challenging but we made it work. The arts give all of us hope through this pandemic. Shrek is a great family show that will lift your spirits and get you dancing again.”

Seniors Lauren Marquart, Joey Carter, Collin Connor and Dailey Ward act as Cornforth’s chief production coordinators.

The stage manager for the show is Marquart. Other Park Player crew heads include Connor, Carter, Spencer Romanek, Jacqueline Heil, Maggie Fuller, Harper Aulick, Sophie White, Lucia Perri, and Eliza Aulick.

Tickets are available for purchase online at wphswv.booktix.com.

There will be no ticket sales at the door.

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