Correlieu High School drama students are casting a character for their upcoming live theatrical production, Shrek The Musical JR.
On Thursday, June 2, they went to the Chuck Mobley Threate with director Shawn Smith to practice several scenes.
Aspiring actors only have a few days left before performing in front of an audience at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 9 and Friday June 10.
“If you sign up for theater, you’re basically signing up for chaos to some degree, because it just seems chaotic for months, and how is it going to be, and then everything falls into place,” Smith said. , noting the continued growth of students.
Last year, students were unable to perform in front of a live audience due to the pandemic.
This time around, Smith said it would be great for them to feed off the energy of an audience, including laughter and applause, and take their performances to the next level.
Almost every student has seen the computer-animated comedy Shrek and remembers watching it with their families at a very young age.
Princess Fiona is played by 12th grader Tayla Sherstan.
“I didn’t know many people who were here before I arrived, and now some of us are the closest friends,” Sherstan said.
“I love the energy, meeting new people and being able to learn how to play and different ways of doing things because I plan to after I graduate.”
The Correlieu players started working on production in January.
Grade 10 students Grace Schamehorn, Jadyn Cripps and Felicia Barry are also thrilled.
Schamehorn plays Donkey with Cripps as Pinocchio and Barry as Captain of the Guards.
“The pandemic was so bad, and just coming here to do this, I was so excited to finally be able to do things,” Schamehorn said. “It’s good.”
As Lord Farquaad, Year 11 student Cohen Shaughnessy said acting was fun.
After practice ended, Merrill Ringwood, who plays Shrek, agreed with Shaughnessy while removing some green face paint.
“I think you don’t have to worry about taking yourself too seriously in theater,” Ringwood said. “It’s very loose, it’s very relaxed and it’s a lot of fun.”
Tickets for Shrek The Musical JR are available at the Correlieu box office and at the Bo Peep Boutique.
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