THE MUSICAL Free Performances Touring Vermont

The Weston Theater Company announces its 2022 production of Young Company: SHREK THE MUSICAL, playing June 22 through July 10, touring venues throughout central and southern Vermont.

Follow Shrek, this lovable, smelly ogre, on his quest to rescue the quirky, captivating Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle. There’s something for everyone in this big-hearted, funny and fartsy fairy tale.

The Weston Theater Company has teamed up with partners across Vermont to bring SHREK to audiences in their own cities free of charge. Weston’s presenting partners include Next Stage Arts Project, The Grafton Public Library, The Grafton Inn, The Mary L. Blood Memorial Library, The Albert Bridge School, Ascutney Outdoors, Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, Merck Farm and Forest, Park-McCullough House , ArtisTree , and the Springfield Public Library; with additional support from season sponsors Vermont Country Store, Casella and Wohler Realty Group.

“We are thrilled to offer The Young Company Show as a free event to communities throughout southern Vermont,” said Susanna Gellert, Weston Executive Artistic Director. “SHREK, our second annual Young Company tour, is sure to delight audiences young and old from far and wide. It’s a wonderful, happy event that takes full advantage of the beautiful Vermont summers and is sure to have us laughing and dancing out loud Picnic Blankets.”

The cast will consist entirely of members of Weston’s Young Company, a summer-long residency program for college-age artists. Piper Goodeve, Director of SHREK, said: “SHREK is a wonderful show for the young and young at heart. And it’s the perfect right now story about inclusion and loving yourself and others for who you are. Full of funny songs and heartfelt scenes, ogres and fairytale creatures, tap numbers and moving ballads, this show has something for everyone.”

Goodeve returns for her 15th season with Weston. Past Weston credits include The Phantom Tollbooth (Director), Anne of Green Gables (Assistant Director/Musical Directing), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Cathleen), All My Sons (Lydia), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) , three years as Educational Director/Artistic Associate and dozens of cabarets. She received a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance nomination for her role as Anne in Anne of Green Gables (Off-Broadway) and has an MFA from Brown University.

SHREK introduces Eli Hamilton (Marymount Manhattan College) as Shrek; Tomias Robinson (University of Michigan) as Donkey; Tommy Bergeron (The Hartt School) as Farquaad; Nadia Wilemski (Marymount Manhattan College) as Dragon; Anthony Bologna (CAP21/Molloy College) as Pinocchio; Bryanna Cuthill (Baldwin Wallace University) as Gingy; Ana Laura Santana (The Hartt School) as Peter Pan; Nile Andah (University of Michigan) as Wolf; and sees the return of Emma Diner (Pace University) as Fiona. Diner played Gertrude in the Young Company production of SEUSSICAL last season.

Michael Ruiz-del-Vizo brings the world of Duloc and fairy tale characters to the stage. Ruiz-del-Vizo earned his BFA in Production Design with a concentration in Scenic Design and Art Direction from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has designed the set for many productions including THE BLUEST EYE (Theatreworks), ON YOUR FEET! (MAS, Carol Morsani Hall), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (TFHNYC), SENSE AND SENSITIVITY (SCAD), SMOKEY JOES CAFE (SCAD). His set is highlighted by Lily Prentice’s costumes. Prentice returns after designing the costumes for SEUSSICAL last season. She has previously worked with Beau Jest Moving Theater, 52nd Street Project, Urban Arias, Ars Nova AntFest, The New School, NYU Playwrights Horizons, Columbia Stages, numerous projects with choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland and has her MFA in Costume Design from NYU Tisch. Felicity Stiverson also returns as choreographer. Stiverson has choreographed many shows at Weston including RING OF FIRE, WEST SIDE STORY, THE FANTASTICKS, SEUSSICAL, THE PHANTOM MAUTBOOTH, REALLY ROSIE and TENDERLY.

SHREK will perform June 22-25 and July 5-10 at 1pm at Walker Farm Field in Weston. The production tour will take place on June 26 in Grafton, June 28 in Springfield, June 29 in Putney, June 30 in South Pomfret, July 1 in North Bennington, July 2 in Brownsville and July 3 in New York. July in Rupert are BYOS – Bring-Your-Own-Seating. For more information and to reserve FREE tickets, please visit https://westontheater.org/shrek.

After SHREK, enjoy the music of Stephen Sondheim in MARRY ME A LITTLE, take a psychedelic journey with HAIR, visit the small town of Chinquapin in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and reminisce with the music of Woody Guthrie in WOODY SEZ. Subscriptions and tickets are available online and by calling the Weston Box Office at 802-824-5288.

The Weston Theater Company builds on and enhances the unique assets of its Vermont village campus to produce a diverse, fun and challenging season of professional live theater and high-impact events. enrich the theater-going experience with educational and outreach programs for all ages; and make significant contributions to American theater through training programs, play development, and retreats. It is a non-profit organization supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact of the performing arts on their communities. Learn more at westontheater.org

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