The Springer Opera House begins its 150th season with the opening of the exaggerated fairytale comedy, Shrek the Musical, on the Springer Main Stage from September 24 to October 10. After resisting the global pandemic by producing shows on a temporary outdoor stage and live performances, the return to indoor theater is a testament to the vitality and strength of the staff, the board of directors, the patrons and donors of the Springer.
âWe knew when we came back inside for the live theater at the Springer Opera House. It was going to be a big time for us and the community,â said Springer, artistic director of production. Paul Pierce. “The Springer has the second largest theater audience in the state of Georgia. It is our responsibility to keep the company strong and engaged. We do this by sharing stories.”
A lavish, song-and-dance-filled theatrical adaptation of Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Musical tells the story of a swamp ogre who embarks on a life-changing adventure to reclaim title to his property. Earth. Joined by a wise donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, saves a fiery princess, and learns that true friendship and true love aren’t just found in fairy tales.
“This story is absolutely amazing,” notes Tate LeClair, the director. “This musical has so much heart, power, self-love, acceptance, and unconditional love. No matter what love means to you, you can find it on the show.”
LeClair also states that this is the perfect show to open the season because of the powerful message of love – something much needed in the community after these difficult times. This story of persevering, achieving your dreams and becoming who you want to be is more important than ever.
Springer’s production of Shrek the Musical stars West Virginia-born Andy Harvey, who will reprise his role as the lovable ogre, Shrek, after appearing in Springer’s 2014 production. Michael williams, from New York, will play Shrek’s sidekick, Donkey. Montclair State University graduate Robert Fredrick Taylor plays pretentious Lord Farquaad, and Birmingham-born Hannah Kuykendall plays fiery Princess Fiona.
What to expect at Springer performances
While all staff, volunteers and performing artists are vaccinated, the public will not be required to show proof of vaccination to attend performances. All guests two years of age and over will be required to wear face masks at all times and take their temperature at the door. In addition, the capacity has been reduced for each performance, and there will be âempty spacesâ between the parties. Customers will use the outside window of the ticket office located on Tenth Street for any ticketing needs. Show schedules will be in digital format only and will be accessible on Springer’s website or by using a smartphone to scan a QR code displayed on the back of the theater seats. For the full list of Springer’s many Covid-19 security protocols and procedures, please visit the website
Shrek the Musical tickets cost $ 50 for adults, $ 47 for those aged 65 and over, $ 45 for military, teachers and public servants, and $ 25 for children of all ages and on-time students. full.
The performances will take place on September 24, 25, 30, October 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on September 26, October 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.springeroperahouse.org or call 706-327-3688 to purchase tickets.