Everyone’s favorite green ogre is leaving his swamp for the stage in Milford this March, as the Milford Dram Club presents Shrek: The Musical. The show is based on the DreamWorks animated film and like the movie, it is a modern take on the world of fairy tales that brings together many beloved characters from stories new and old.
The story features the lovable but grouchy ogre Shrek, played by freshman Amire Collins, and his sarcastic sidekick Donkey, junior Jerome Harris, who set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful princess Fiona, junior Amber Davis. Along the way, they encounter the comically villainous Lord Farquaad, junior Silas Wheedleton, a ferociously affectionate dragon, senior Abigail Roxby, and an assortment of talking animals, witches, fairies, knights, and other magical creatures.
Junior Amber Davis performs the role of princess Fiona, a maiden who is locked away in a castle and rescued by Shrek. This will be Davis’ second Milford High Drama Club show as she also acted in Once Upon A Mattress. “It is fun learning to express her character because she has been locked away for so long and did not expect to be rescued by someone like Shrek,” said Davis. “I hope the audience sees what a fun show this is.”
Freshman Amire Collins plays Shrek, the misunderstood ogre that has a compassionate side. This will be Collins’ first appearance on the high school stage as he has performed in several middle school shows including Goldilocks on Trial. “I enjoy the acting, just being Shrek, a nasty, disgusting ogre,” said Collins.
This production features approximately 30 students from Milford High School, as well as two eighth grade students from Milford Central Academy and one third grade student from Banneker Elementary. Student performers include Mikahl Barajas, Tobias Biro, Lamajay Collins, Valeria Coverdale, Jessica Creigh, Madeleine Cole, Emma Dehel, Ethan Dehel, Millisen Dill, Lauren Edwards, Ciera Emich, Will Evans, Molly Fulton, Kiara Gibbs, Mark Hollingsworth, Rebecca Hutchinson, Desirae John, Zoe Johnson, Victoria Little, Brandon Morgan, Kieran Pheasant, Christopher Proetzel, Gabrielle Romero, Jennifer Rust, Sydney Stump, Mikah Titus and Billy Watkins.
Performances will be held in the Milford High School auditorium on Thursday, March 5, Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. All three evening shows will begin at 7 pm. There will also be an afternoon matinee on Saturday, March 7 at 1pm. Tickets will be available at the door, adults $8, seniors and students K-12 $6. A $1 discount will be given to those who bring a ticket stub from the Lions Club spaghetti dinner, held from 4 to 7pm on Saturday, March 7 in the MHS cafeteria.