Shrek: The musical

PARKERSBURG – The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will be performing “Shrek the Musical” in May, based on the popular animated film series.

The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 4, 11 and 17 at the Guild Playhouse at 724 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors 60 and over and $7 for children ages 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 304-485-1300.

In “Shrek The Musical,” a faraway kingdom is turned upside down and things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. The show also features a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits.

“I have directed 14 shows and this is the most challenging show, just because of the technical elements involved,” director Barbara Full said of the production. “The special effects, the scenic design, the number of scenes themselves and the multiple roles that certain castmembers play.”

Before beginning the production, the Guild had budgeted about $2,000 for costuming and soon found that to be only half of what would be required. A costume campaign drive was held to raise the remaining money and Full said the community came through and provided another $2,500 for costumes and makeup.

Whatever’s someone’s familiarity with the source movie, Full said the musical offers something new to enjoy through the music and choreography of the live production.

Bringing such a popular character to life can be intimidating and a challenge, but Hoss Ridgeway said he has enjoyed the whole process, even shaving his head and going through hours of makeup to transform into Shrek the Ogre.

Ridgeway said he has been interested in theater since childhood and works as a minister and as a standup comedian, but he had never been in a Guild production until learning about the plans for “Shrek The Musical”

“I just love the character of Shrek and really identify with it. I wanted to be that,” he said.

“I’ve had fun with every minute of it,” he said of the preparation process and he was looking forward to performing before live audiences over the next three weekends.