“Shrek: The Musical,” running March 6-8,10-11 and 13-15 at 7 p.m. at the Layton High School auditorium, will be the first under the direction of the Rachel Helwig, the school’s new drama director.
The musical is challenging to pull off at a high school level, full of complex costumes and sets, but Helwig said she wanted a musical worthy of Layton High’s dramatic reputation.
“I really wanted my first show here as the new theatre teacher to demonstrate our dedication to continuing the fabulous theatre tradition that Mr Ferrin had established,” she said, referring to longtime Layton High drama teacher Dennis Ferrin, who retired last year.
“I chose a big show to start off strong right out of the gate and keep the wheels turning,” she continued. “There may a some changes along the way, I may do some things a little differently, but together we are committed to creating amazing theatrical experiences.”
“Shrek,” which hit Broadway in 2008, is based on the well-known Dreamworks movie about an ogre who thinks he just wants to be left alone but ends up saving a princess and the entire kingdom.
He’s helped along the way by a talking donkey, a love-struck dragon, the three blind mice, and several other fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters.
“This is a huge costume and set show,” she said. “The only way to handle all the challenges in a show like this is to surround myself with an amazing group of people who are willing to work endless hours and solve some of the craziest problems you’ll ever face.”
She also feels the message of the musical helps make all the effort worth it.
“It has a great message about loving ourselves for who we are, and embracing our differences,” Helwig said. “Everyone has things they wished no one would see about them, but every single person has value and is worthwhile. We work together to create a stronger whole.”
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for kids. For tickets or more information call the theater box office at 801-402-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.