Theater Review: ‘Shrek!’ from the Ogden Musical Theater The Musical’ | News, Sports, Jobs

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Premiere of “Shrek The Musical”.

Angelika Brewer, Special to the Standard Examiner

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The Ogden Musical Theater is currently performing Shrek the Musical at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre.

Photo provided, Ogden Musical Theatre

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The Ogden Musical Theater is currently performing Shrek the Musical at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre.

Photo provided, Ogden Musical Theatre

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The Ogden Musical Theater is currently performing Shrek the Musical at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre.

Photo provided, Ogden Musical Theatre

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The Ogden Musical Theater performs Shrek the Musical at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre. The cast consists of people with impressive theater backgrounds and a variety of ages. I went to opening night to see the show and it turned out to be one of my favorite events of the summer.

The film Shrek was hugely popular and influential in the animated film world. It was comedic for all ages, a stunning leap into the world of computer-generated imagery, and has remained relevant for generations since its release. Shrek The Musical keeps the same legacy but with a live performance and notable production instead. It was true to the original Shrek story and contained all the quotable lines from the film, but was personalized to include more contemporary references, local jokes and, of course, fun music.

From the beginning of the show I was impressed by the stage design. The props were beautiful, the lighting was effective, and there was an illusionary use of layers (like an onion) in the opening scene, making the acting members look like holograms even though they were physically on the stage. I don’t understand how they did it but it looked amazing. The songs were catchy and all the performers had beautiful voices. I particularly liked the coordinated dance numbers.

If you’ve ever seen the Shrek movie, you know that the song “Welcome to Duloc” is a master at getting stuck in your head. If you haven’t seen the film yet and the musical is your first experience of it, be ready to hum “Duloc is a perfect place” for the rest of the week. However, I’m glad it’s playing in the back of my mind all day now because that was one of my favorite parts of the performance. The dancing was great, the costumes were fun and Lord Farquaad, played by Andrew Reeser, somehow managed to maintain the illusion of being impossibly small.

Each character had their own personality, all of which were great to watch and laugh with. Everyone stayed in character at all times during the show, so watching the entire stage even when one main character was speaking only added to the experience.

The dragon was well constructed, the costumes were beautiful and the Ogden Musical Theater cast the perfect actors for each role.

Shrek The Musical was interactive, with portions of the show engaging the audience in conversation. There were loads of pop culture and fairy tale references from all different eras. Part of the fun is seeing how many of these references you can understand, so listen and watch closely.

Whether you consider yourself a fan of musical theater or not, you will enjoy this show. The whole audience laughed and enjoyed themselves, from the youngest children to the oldest adults.

Follow the Ogden Musical Theater on Instagram (@ogdenmusicaltheatre) for more information on the cast and to see behind-the-scenes footage.

Purchase tickets by calling 801-689-8700 or visiting ogdenpet.com/events/omt.

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