Family Weekend Performance Dates: July 21-31, 2022
Discovery Audition Dates: May 6-8, 2022.
You know the stories. You’ve read the fairy tales. They all begin with “Once Upon a Time” and end with “Happily Ever After” and there’s a whole lot about Daring Quests and Magic Spells and True Love in between. They all say that princesses are pretty and delicate, donkeys don’t talk, and ogres are certainly, absolutely, never the hero. But maybe, just maybe, the stories might be wrong.
Join Lexington Children’s Theatre for this wacky musical celebration of friendship, fairy tales, and the things that make us special. Shrek The Musical opens July 21 and our story won’t be complete without YOU in the audience! So, get ready to laugh your gumdrop buttons off and expect the unexpected, because THIS is a fairy tale like you’ve never seen before.
Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Best enjoyed by ages 6 and up
Performed on The Larry and Vivian Snipes Main Stage
Length of Show: Approximately 2 and a half hours long with an intermission
Family Weekend Performance Info
*Pay What You Will
Purchase a personalized message from Shrek, Fiona, or Donkey for your ogre-loving friend or family member with a $50 donation! All proceeds will go to our Summer Family Musical Fund.
How it works:
- Follow the link below to purchase a “Shrek Shoutout''.
- Within 72 hours of your purchase, a staff member will reach out to you, via email, with further instructions and a form to input all the information we need to make the special message. *Note: We will need your contact information to send you a downloadable video with a message from your choice of Fiona, Shrek, or Donkey.
- Our team will visit the swamp and record your special message! You can expect a downloadable link during opening week of Shrek The Musical.
How to Add a Shrek Shoutout to your cart along with your Shrek The Musical Tickets:
- Once you have selected your tickets, continue to checkout
- At the bottom of the cart, there will be a prompt that reads “Add a Donation”
- In the selection menu, select “Shrek Shoutouts” and add to cart
- Continue with checkout process as normal
Things to Know Before the Show
About LCT's Summer Family Musical
Shrek is our 20th Annual Summer Family Musical, and the first time in three years we're able to bring this special production to our stage! At, LCT the Summer Family Musical gives students and families a chance to perform together, because we cast family units together in the play! Summer Family Musicals are celebratory for us we get to include all ages together on stage and behind the scenes.
This story is a great way to start conversations about...
self-image and celebrating the things that make us special. All of us are different from each other and sometimes our differences can make us feel isolated or insecure. This story both unites all of us that we are not along in feeling down on ourselves every now and then, but that we also have to learn to recognize that we have so much value in just being our true selves! Shrek The Musical is a great gateway to begin to talk with young people about the things that make them unique and how embracing those things – in ourselves and others – make us strong.
We love this story because...
it is a super fun chance to celebrate everyone! As part of a world that is constantly telling us what to wear, what to say, and how to act, celebrating your true self (even the wacky parts) is important. In this story, we get to watch Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and their other fairy tale friends understand that fitting the mold is overrated and there is value in all of them! We also love Shrek The Musical because it follows an unusual hero: an ogre. Shrek proves that a hero can be anyone and more importantly, being a hero is about having strength on the inside. So this summer, we invite you to have the courage to “let your freak flag fly" every day and journey towards your own happily ever after.
As a musical, this production is filled with underscoring as well as songs sung by actors to enhance the experience. Other recorded sounds can be expected to accompany particularly magical moments. More information about sound will be available once this production goes into Technical Rehearsals the week of July 13.
More information about lighting will be available once this production goes into Technical Rehearsals the week of July 13. At this time we anticipate that there might be some moments of darkness in between scenes, as well as a momentary flash or stark color change in specific moments to portray a magical effect.
Like all fairytales, Shrek The Musical includes moments of danger that might be scary for younger audience members. In most instances, they are usually played for laughs instead of being truly terrifying. For example, Gingy the gingerbread man gets threatened with “torture” by Lord Farquaad, but all we see are guards bringing out baking implements and Farquaad threatening to pull off Gingy’s gumdrop buttons.
There are different moments throughout the story that resemble well-known fairy tales. This includes sword fighting, dragons and other magical creatures, and other elements of a hero’s quest. All moments also live in the same humorous context and are stylized with young audiences in mind.
Shrek The Musical includes some mild language and bathroom humor. If you want to know more about the specific language that is included in this production we would recommend listening to the Shrek The Musical soundtrack; the majority of the language moments occur in musical numbers.