‘SHREK’ The musical

Performances this weekend at MHS

ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta Times Marietta High School junior Tyler Hartline plays the title character in “Shrek: The Musical.” ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta

You don’t have to go too Far Far Away to find a green ogre, a princess, a talking donkey and a cast of fairytale characters.

The beloved musical will be performed at Marietta High School Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it is all the culmination of months of hard work for many high school, middle school and some elementary school students.

“I saw the production of ‘Shrek: The Musical’ that was performed at the Actors Guild in Parkersburg a couple of years ago and fell in love with the show,” said Elizabeth Thacker, director and Marietta High School choir instructor. “Mr. (J.D.) Benson and I talked about the possibility of doing this show for a few years and when the Actors Guild sold all their costumes in a yard sale, we thought it was fate.”

Students auditioned for roles at the end of last year to give the crew and directors enough time to pull together some pretty elaborate costumes and set pieces.

Sam Bartlett, 18, a senior at MHS, has the challenging responsibility of playing Lord Farquaad, a not-very-nice guy and a physically demanding role.

Marietta High School junior Tyler Hartline plays the title character in “Shrek: The Musical.” ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta

“It’s been fun, he’s a funny character and this is my first lead,” offered Bartlett, who also appeared in the all-school musical “The Music Man” last year.

This also isn’t the first time on stage for seasoned performer Victoria Humphrey, who plays Shrek’s love interest, Princess Fiona.

“This is my first lead also, but I’ve done shows at MOVP, the Actors Guild and Shakespeare by the River,” she said. “I was willing to play whatever but I really, really wanted this role.”

Humphrey also helped choreographer Sadie Cavitt with some of the dancing and said that her favorite number is probably “Morning Person,” in which Fiona taps dances with rats.

Thacker said the students had to contend with missing school days due to snow and flood but have still managed to pull the show together.

Shrek is joined on his journey by fairytale creatures, including the Three Blind Mice, the Mad Hatter and Pinocchio.

“These kids are troopers,” she said. “It is so much fun to put together a show that incorporates so many talented students and I have been very fortunate to have J.D., my colleague for the past seven years, and stage mom extraordinaire Darci Miller, by my side.”

This musical reaches across all departments with Marietta High School band students making up the orchestra pit. Director Chris Bunner even picks up his French horn to accompany the student actors.

“This is voluntary for our kids to participate and they have devoted their own time to practicing,” he said. “I think it’s important to add to the culture of the community, especially since music and art programs are being cut. March is also Music in Our Schools month.”

Thacker added that the show has something for everyone and incorporates a lot of humor, as well as singing and dancing and in-depth characters.

“Shrek: The Musical” will be performed in the MHS auditorium Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at the door.

If you go

¯ What: “Shrek: The Musical.”

¯ When: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

¯ Where: Marietta High School auditorium.

¯ Cost: General admission tickets are $10 at the door.