Quaker Valley High School students are getting ready to put on a big show.
Everything in “Shrek the Musical,” which will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, will be just that: big.
There’s the 20-foot dragon that moves around on stage at the hands of five puppeteers, the large cast of 48 students and the grandiose sets. Even the acting will be “big.” It’s all meant to wow audiences.
“We are hoping to put on a show like they’ve never seen before,” said first-year director Austin Wolford. “We’re trying to do this as over the top as possible. That’s the whole point of the show.”
“Shrek the Musical” follows the plot line of the popular 2001 DreamWorks animation film “Shrek.”
“It’s a goofy show and it’s funny,” said senior Ruby Sevcik, 18, who plays a lead role as Fiona.
And while the show will keep you entertained, it also comes with an important message.
“Don’t be afraid of who you are. You need to ‘Let Your Freak Flag Fly,’” Sevcik said, referencing a song from the show.
Wolford, who took over as director of Quaker Valley’s high school musicals this year, said he wanted a production that would showcase the “massive amount of talent” that the cast has this year.
For the first time, students will be a part of the orchestra pit, Wolford said. They will work alongside the professional musicians who are typically hired to perform for the shows.
This show not only is fun for the audience, it’s also fun for the cast to perform in, Sevcik said.
“Everyone in the cast is so close, we don’t have to struggle to make those connections,” she said.
In fact, she’s performing opposite of one of her best friends.
“We’re hoping they come out to watch this big, big show,” Wolford said.