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Meet the Cast: Shrek the Musical

Posted by Rochester Civic Theatre on Sep 4, 2018 11:39:08 AM
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What do a donkey, a wolf, an ugly duckling, and a wicked witch all have in common? They can all be seen with more kooky fairytale characters in Shrek the Musical at the Rochester Civic Theatre!

In the meantime, let’s get to know these four characters a little better.


Donkey

Dre Withers, Rochester

What made you decide to audition for Shrek?

I could not pass up on an amazing musical such as Shrek. Also couldn’t miss another opportunity to work with the director!

Who, do you think, should come see this show?

Everyone! This show is family friendly and full of laughs. I encourage families and people of all ages to come see this production!

What’s your favorite thing about being part of the Shrek cast?

My favorite part about being in Shrek is not only working with familiar faces, but meeting new people has to be the best part of participating in this show.

How is your character similar to you? Different?

Donkey loves to meet new people as well. We relate in how we love to socialize. We are different in how we interact, definitely. Donkey has a more forceful way of getting into people’s lives. I’m chill and ease my way into friendship!

When you get a break during rehearsal, what do you do?

I’m a social person, so I tend to talk most times but when I’m not conversing, I’m drilling lines and scenes to make them the best they can be.

Would you consider yourself more like Shrek, Princess Fiona, or Donkey?

No doubt, I am DONKEY!

 

Wolf, Magic Mirror

Drew Stutz, Rochester

What made you decide to audition for Shrek?

During finals of ninth grade I had an open hour, so I did the most obvious thing: went and watched Shrek [the movie]. I thought to myself, "Oh my Lord! Shrek is a really funny and wonderful movie! The musical is cool too. Maybe I should take a chance.” I auditioned.

Who, do you think, should come see this show?

Anyone who is able to should go! It has everything for everyone! Fairytales for the kids, yet it's very entertaining for the adults. Everyone will love it!

What’s your favorite thing about being part of the Shrek cast?

My favorite part is the people. I love everyone! They're all so nice and caring. Misha, our director, and James, our stage manager, are wonderful!

How is your character similar to you? Different?

Well, I think I'm pretty much exactly like all my characters. The Magic Mirror is wonderful and comedic. I get to use some improv while performing him; he's wonderful. The Duloc Dancers are just happy 24/7 and that’s basically me. The crossdressing Big Bad Wolf is a fabulous, wonderful, sexy, furry, hot mess (practically me with the big hair and all)! He's wonderful and I love him so much.

When you get a break during rehearsal, what do you do?

I do my wonderful Latin and A.P. American Studies homework.

Would you consider yourself more like Shrek, Princess Fiona, or Donkey?

I feel like I'm most like Donkey. Full of energy, fun, just a wonderful little thing.

 

Ugly Duckling

Klara Stafford, Rochester

What made you decide to audition for Shrek?

Mostly, I wanted to try something new. I started getting familiar with the Civic Theatre when my mom was in some plays this past year, and so when I saw Shrek the Musical was happening this season, I decided I wanted to try out.

Who, do you think, should come see this show?

Everyone!

What’s your favorite thing about being part of the Shrek cast?

Meeting new people and learning the choreography.

How is your character similar to you? Different?

I play the Ugly Duckling, so I'm similar to her because I am shy. I'm different because… I don't have feathers.

When you get a break during rehearsal, what do you do?

CHUG WATER.

Would you consider yourself more like Shrek, Princess Fiona, or Donkey?

Donkey, because I like parfaits.

 

Wicked Witch

Susy Olsen, Rochester

What made you decide to audition for Shrek?

Passion for the musical's intent won over my fears of finally trying out for a role in a play or musical. I'm dyslexic and even though often described as being outgoing, animated, flamboyant, and confident, I decided it was time to face my fear of dropping lines.

Who, do you think, should come see this show?

Anyone six and older who understands the value of looking through the eyes of someone else to gain perspective. Anyone who wants to better understand people who don’t feel included.

What’s your favorite thing about being part of the Shrek cast?

As a newbie to performance, I really appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from the cast and director along with the strong integrity and creative connection they have to the vision of this musical.

How is your character similar to you? Different?

I am the Wicked Witch and no one has ever told me I am wicked and I've never spent any time in jail. I am a bit wacky and eccentric, as is my character.

When you get a break during rehearsal, what do you do?

I review my parts, connect with cast members, guide the young people to make good choices and get to the stage on time, and I assembled the lanterns I made for the production.

Would you consider yourself more like Shrek, Princess Fiona, or Donkey?

I mostly see myself as a Fiona. Before I was diagnosed with dyslexia, I hid my insecurities and shortcomings. Evenso, I was always hopeful, happy, and willing to try my hand at what came my way. After I was diagnosed, I felt validated and my confidence grew. I realized, especially as a school district employee, that being vulnerable and sharing my struggles could help students succeed while helping teachers be more creative and understanding in how they work with students.

Interested in seeing these fanciful fairytale characters in action? Reserve your tickets today!

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Topics: Rochester Civic Theatre, Main Stage Productions, Insider, Meet the Cast