THE MUSICAL Free performances on tour in Vermont

Weston Theater Company announces its production Young Company 2022: SHREK THE MUSICAL, which will run from June 22 to July 10 and will tour central and southern Vermont.

Follow Shrek, the lovable, smelly ogre on his quest to rescue the eccentric and captivating Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a dragon. There’s something for everyone in this big-hearted, fun, joke-filled fairy tale.

The Weston Theater Company teamed up with partners in Vermont to present SHREK for free to audiences in their own city. Weston’s presenting partners include Next Stage Arts Project, The Grafton Public Library, The Grafton Inn, The Mary L. Blood Memorial Library, The Albert Bridge School, Ascutney Outdoors, Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, Merck Farm and Forest, Park-McCullough House, ArtisTree, and the Springfield Public Library; with additional support from season sponsors Vermont Country Store, Casella and Wohler Realty Group.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Young Company show as a free event for communities in southern Vermont,” said Weston’s Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert. “SHREK, our second annual tour of the young company, is sure to delight audiences, young and old, from here and abroad. It’s a wonderful and joyful event that takes full advantage of the beautiful Vermont summers and that sure to have us laughing out loud and dancing on our picnic blankets.”

The cast will be made up entirely of members of Weston’s Young Company, a summer residency program for college-age artists. Piper Goodeve, Director of SHREK, said: “SHREK is a wonderful show for the young and the young at heart. And it’s the perfect story right now, all about inclusion and loving yourself and the others for who you/they are. Full of funny songs and heartfelt scenes, ogres and fairy tale creatures, tap numbers and soulful ballads, this show has something for everyone.”

Goodeve returns for his 15th season with Weston. Weston’s past credits include The Phantom Tollbooth (director), Anne of Green Gables (assistant director/music director), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Cathleen), All My Sons (Lydia), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), three years as director of education/artistic associate, and dozens of cabarets. She received a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance nomination for her performance as Anne in Anne of Green Gables (Off-Broadway) and holds an MFA from Brown University.

SHREK features Eli Hamilton (Marymount Manhattan College) as Shrek; Tomias Robinson (University of Michigan) as Donkey; Tommy Bergeron (The Hartt School) as Farquaad; Nadia Wilemski (Marymount Manhattan College) as Dragon; Anthony Bologna (CAP21/Molloy College) as Pinocchio; Bryanna Cuthill (Baldwin Wallace University) as Gingy; Ana Laura Santana (The Hartt School) as Peter Pan; Nile Andah (University of Michigan) as Wolf; and sees the return of Emma Diner (Pace University) as Fiona. Diner played Gertrude in Young Company’s SEUSSICAL production of last season.

Michael Ruiz-del-Vizo stages the universe of Duloc and characters from fairy tales. Ruiz-del-Vizo earned his BFA in Production Design with a concentration in Scenic Design and Art Direction from Savannah College of Art and Design and has designed the set for numerous productions including THE BLUEST EYE (Theatreworks), ON YOUR FEET! (MAS, Carol Morsani Hall), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (TFHNYC), SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (SCAD), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (SCAD). Her set will be highlighted by the costumes of Lily Prentice. Prentice returns after designing the costumes for SEUSSICAL last season. She has previously worked with Beau Jest Moving Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Urban Arias, Ars Nova AntFest, The New School, NYU Playwrights Horizons, Columbia Stages, numerous projects with choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland and earned her MFA in Costume Design from NYU Tisch. Felicity Stiverson is also returning as a choreographer. Stiverson has choreographed many shows in Weston including RING OF FIRE, WEST SIDE STORY, THE FANTASTICKS, SEUSSICAL, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, REALLY ROSIE and TENDERLY.

SHREK will have performances at Walker Farm Field in Weston from June 22-25 and July 5-10 at 1:00 p.m. The production tour will perform in Grafton on June 26, Springfield on June 28, Putney on June 29, South Pomfret on June 30, North Bennington on July 1, Brownsville on July 2 and Rupert on July 3. are BYOS – Bring-Your-Own-Seating. For more information and to reserve FREE tickets, please visit https://westontheater.org/shrek.

After SHREK, enjoy the music of Stephen Sondheim in MARRY ME A LITTLE, take a psychedelic journey with HAIR, visit the small town of Chinquapin in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and reminisce with the music of Woody Guthrie in WOODY SEZ. Memberships and tickets are available online and by calling the Weston box office at 802-824-5288.

Weston Theater Company builds on and enhances the unique strengths of its Vermont Village campus to produce a diverse, entertaining and challenging season of professional live theater and high-impact events; enrich the theatrical experience with education and awareness programs for all ages; and make meaningful contributions to American theater through training programs, play development, and retreats. It is a nonprofit organization supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact of the performing arts on his community. Learn more at westontheater.org